Is it too soon to start reading Christmas themed tales? I’m gonna go with no. Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters fulfils that need for Christmas related romance, without it being an explicitly Christmas related stories. I absolutely love Victoria Walter’s stories; I’ve read and reviewed quite a few of her books in the past (The Summer I Met You, The Second Love of My Life, Summer at the Kindness Cafe, Coming Home to Glendale Hall), and absolutely loved them – they’re cute tales but not overly soppy – the right mix of romance and reality. Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall was absolutely no exception to that.
Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters Book Review
I’d preordered the Kindle edition of this book as soon as Vicky advertised its release so I was very excited to see that it had appeared on my Kindle at the start of September. We went to Liverpool for the day and night the first weekend of September, so I thought it’d be the perfect read for the train – easy going, fun and enough romance to get me through the day. Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall follows Heather, one of the characters we had previously met in Victoria’s other Glendale Hall inspired stories. At the start of the story, we discovered that Heather’s partner Rory, and the father of her baby Harry, has recently proposed to her – but she just isn’t ready to say yes without her mum there to support her. Her mum had passed away and she can’t think about planning a wedding alone – that’s for sure. Rory, as is the case with most of the male protagonists in Victoria’s stories, is an absolutely delightful man and has no qualms about waiting until Heather is ready.
Whilst working on their farm, Heather discovers that two businessmen are poking around and the local residents anxieties are rising – they all remember what happened the last time men in suits were wandering around the village. It isn’t long before another bombshell is dropped – one of the suited men is Heather’s ex-boyfriend, Stewart. It’s clear that Stewart has a hidden agenda for coming to the area and for the idea he’s proposing – but Heather, who feels so out of place in this whole new world of farming doesn’t quite know what to do. Heather will have to make an enormous decision – does she play it safe and go back to what she knew or take that risk and discover a whole new side to herself?
A Cosy Romantic Read – but not too cheesy!
I loved Heather as a character – I must admit, I liked the story of Emily slightly more – but that’s because of the focus on her relationship with Brodie, the minister – and I thought that this was a beautifully written story. I loved how we’re constantly reintroduced to all the other characters, whilst the story principally focuses on just one of our main female characters. I absolutely sped through this book – finished in 3 or 4 hours and it definitely did its job of giving me that warm, fuzzy feeling that I’d been craving. I love how kind Rory is and how darling Harry the little baby seemed to be – I loved the exploration of Heather’s relationship with her dad and with her dead mother, and how she grew throughout the story as a result of the things that happened to her. This is definitely a tale of a character developing into the bad-ass independent character you hope to see; but also one who values her relationships and knows exactly what is good and what is toxic.
An absolutely wonderful read.