Lowri Morgan is a young widow with a six year old daughter. After losing her beloved husband in a car accident two years ago, she now finds herself at a crossroads in her life. She cannot really afford to keep maintaining her home, so she is compelled to make a move. Just as she prepares to avail herself of her sister’s offer of a cottage near where she lives, Mowri finds an old solicitor’s letter among her late husband’s things. Contents of the letter provide details of an inheritance – one he never mentioned to Lowri. With the encouragement of her best friend, Jess, Lawri travels to the other side of Pembrokeshire and visits the solicitor’s office, along with her newfound inheritance comprised of a derelict castle, an equally derelict water mill, and various other cottages and outbuildings. Overwhelmed, yet seeking to start a fresh chapter of her life, Lowri moves into one of the cottages with her little daughter.
Despite an unscrupulous and power-hungry estate custodian who thwarts her every attempt to improve the castle’s estate, Lowri makes some treasured friends in her new home. One of these ‘friends’ is Huw, a stonemason who is keen to rebuild the castle ruin. Another is Elin, one of the women who works in the estate’s textile factory.
Lowri, who has experience in business start-ups, has some wonderful plans for the future of Clearwater Castle and its estate. With little money, she is hoping that the Welsh government will approve her bid for a grant for improvements to the properties.
“It’s the first time she’s dared to dream since Alun died. It’s also, aside from Jess, the first time she’s felt the warmth of friends around her.”
Lowri and her friends meet with several roadblocks in their endeavors. Secrets are discovered, and betrayals exposed.
The satisfying ending was like a warm hug to tide you over until the next book in this delightful, women’s fiction series.
This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley and Sarah Hardy in order that I could participate in this blog tour.
ISBN: 9781837904358 – 328 pages
Published May 10, 2023
She writes in between the gaps in real life.