Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review and jumping on the blog tour for Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow

My Review

I always love picking up a book by Christie Barlow and this book did not disappoint. It was the perfect story to lose myself in over the Christmas period. From the very first few pages when we meet Grace you know that she is going to be integral in the story. As we discover how Grace is linked to Love Heart Lane we see her venturing back to Scotland and the castle with her three young boys in tow.

A book that can be read as part of the series or as a stand alone, it was lovely to revisit old characters from previous books whilst getting to know Grace and her boys. From the moment Grace steps off of the bus she feels at home again and the warm welcome she receives from childhood friends really instills the sense of community and how far they will go to look out for eachother. Grace’s boys are real characters that made me chuckle throughout and it was great to see how they grew and the antics they got upto as the story continued.

Whilst reading this book, I laughed at the antics of the boys and felt the pain experienced by Grace that she never managed to reconnect with her Grandad. This story will warm even the coldest heart and leave them wanting to read more. A truly wonderful read, that you will just want to curl up with and ignore the world once you start reading.

Book Blurb

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

A second chance…

When her grandfather Marley passes away Grace Power discovers she’s been left the beautiful but crumbling estate of Heartcross Castle. As a single mum of three, Grace has no idea what she’s going to do with it – but who can say no to a roof over their kids’ heads and a chance to get away from past hurts?

And a forever home

Heartcross Castle is full of secrets – especially a lost security deposit box that holds the truth to everything… But when celebrity chef Andrew Glossop sets his eyes on the castle and, to make matters worse, mistakes Grace as the new housekeeper, Grace tells him there is absolutely NO CHANCE he is getting his hands on her home.
Devastated to have got it so wrong, Andrew will do anything to make it up to her – but is she willing to listen?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

Many Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Daisy & Kel x



I am a total bookworm who loves nothing more than to lose herself in a book. My pile of books to read is teetering higher and higher as there are not enough hours in the day compared to how many old and new amazing books there are out there to read. I love to read in my spare time and books are a massive part of our household. I feel really lucky that Daisy also loves losing herself in the amazing worlds the authors are creating for us and neither of us ever go very far without having a book to hand as you never know when an opportunity to read may present itself.

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