Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book Review, Giveaway: Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay

by Bella Osborne

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Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

Here was a prime example why people should leave home and explore the world, thought Daisy. Staying here had turned Tamsyn into Ottercombe Bay’s answer to Phoebe Buffay from Friends, blurring the line between adorable and certifiable.

Bloody hell, the grapevine here spreads faster than a Kim Kardashian selfie.

I have neither the patience nor the crayons to explain this to you.

‘I’ve been possessed by a demon.’ ‘Drink plenty of water, it’s just a hangover.’
  ‘I suspected someone might have a voodoo doll of me and now I know it’s true… Even my hair hurts.’

You are different but in a good way. Like a limited edition.’

She’s a raisin away from being a total fruitcake.

… she couldn’t think of a time she’d been happier with the possible exception of when her parents had bought her bunk beds so her imaginary friend had somewhere to sleep.

My Review:

I adored, smirked, and speed my way through all four parts to this cleverly amusing and engaging series featuring a small quirky coastal village and an initially unwilling new inhabitant. The premise was entertaining and the storylines were active, well paced, laced with levity, and easy to fall into. I adored Ms. Osborne’s crisp writing style and breezy humor. I enjoyed each quirky and well-drawn character and reveled in the goat race with participants wittily named Hairy Potter, Billy the Kid, Barb. E. Cue, Hot to Trot, and Vincent Van Goat. What fun! The last two installments were busy and fast-paced with several twists and turns all the way through to the satisfying conclusion. I learned two new phrases to add to my Brit list with “load of witpot,” and “I’d fill my boots if I were you.”
Empress DJ

Author Bio – 

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full-length novel. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.

Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.

She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

For more about Bella, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter - @osborne_bella

Social Media Links – 

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Giveaway – 
Win signed copies of It Started At Sunset Cottage and A Family Holiday
 (Open Internationally)

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