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Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange

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Well, I’m delighted to report that I’ve been right to spread the word about Jenny Kane’s books – I really should have tried one rather sooner! This book was thoroughly lovely, the perfect light summer read, and everything I wanted it to be.

The characters, I thought were excellent – I took to Thea from outset as she escaped to her fresh start at Mill Grange, understandably shaken by attentions of her distinctly creepy ex, feeling her way in a new job that’s rather a change of direction for her. I enjoyed her friendship with Tina too – another strong character, perhaps a tad superficial in many ways but with considerably more about her than it first appears.

The team of volunteers are all wonderfully drawn too – particularly Mabel with her high level of resentment and aroma of vinegar, but the glimpses of her home life and the way her character develops ensure that she’s never the caricature that she could so easily have become. The focus widens to take in characters from the wider surrounding community too, and that’s always something I rather enjoy.

I particularly liked the book’s setting – Mill Grange is vividly drawn, the details of its renovation, the impending opening celebrations and the question mark over its future driving the overarching story. The surroundings of Exmoor are well used too – there’s that really strong sense of place that I always look for and enjoy.

The romance elements are something I equally enjoyed – both romantic threads have their unexpected twists and turns, and both are entirely satisfying (and particularly heartwarming) in the way they’re resolved.

But there’s also a fair bit of well developed tension too – both over the future of Mill Grange and the dogged and determined pursuit by Thea’s increasingly sinister ex. And there’s one particular episode that had me on the edge of my seat, real danger particularly well handled and very well written.

And while I’m talking about the writing, I will mention how much I loved that too. The author has a style that’s very easy to read, comfortable to relax and disappear into – this was perfect summer reading, and most definitely recommended.

Even better, it’s the first in a three book series – the second book, Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange will follow on 10th September.

(Review copied to Amazon UK, but link not yet available)
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I had high hopes for this book thanks to the premise however I must confess I started to lose interest in the story quite fast. Although I loved the setting and the context, the characters weren't that likeable. I'm afraid I'm a little let down by my own high expectations. Overall  it would be a fun story for other who enjoy a light-hearted but predictable romance.
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Okay, so there is a lot that a woman will do to get away from an interfering ex, I can see the plausibility of someone taking on a new challenge to escape and that is what we find happened to Thea. She has taken a new challenge to escape. 

This book was nice, it was an easy ready that was great to escape from the stresses of life. I liked Thea but kind of hated her best friend Tina. 

Overall this was a fun, light read.
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Thea has just landed her dream job, restoring a victorian manor in Somerset. With the bonus of getting away from her annoying ex boyfriend. 

However, Thea’s dreams might fail as the pressure of a deadline is looming, and the team of volunteers are not very helpful in fact they are openly hostile.  

Will Thea be able to get the job done in time?

This was a quick easy read.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the behind the scenes bit of this story, and Mill Grange was a great setting. The plot rattled along at a decent pace, gathering momentum and picking up speed towards the end. 

Thea and Tina were both sweet, and while Shaun was more of a traditional hunk, Sam had some issues. John was weird and I did feel that Thea didn't need to jack in a perfectly good job because of him, when a phone call to the police would have done the trick. Her reaction was a bit over the top, but without him being in the book, the story would have lost some of its drama.

A nice, easy read with enough twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages.
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I'm sorry to say, but I didn't enjoyed this book at all. 

None of the characters were likable and the portrayal of women in this book was horrendous, I even checked if it was written by the woman. 
The main character Thea was  week one, everyone could go over her head, her best friend Tina is a gold digger, the other friend that was mentioned was a celebrity chaser and the old lady is a bossy one.
The relationship between Thea and John were problematic to say the least and the way it was handled wasn't satisfactory. Relationship between Thea and Shaun were a little bit better, but not much. 
The plot also had some nonsensical parts and was very boring.
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Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion.

This was a good summer read. Thea is hired to restore Mill Grange, she takes his job to escape and unrelenting partner that she would like to get away from, she feels that here she’ll be able to get on with her life and put some distance between them. If he doesn’t know where she is, perhaps he will move on. Meanwhile, she has to contend with the crew of volunteers who are already working on the restoration. there were many issues with the restoration and with the supporting characters. 

I found this book rather slow going in the beginning, sometimes there seemed to be too much information. The characters were rather interesting, I’d like the dynamic between them, and I really enjoyed the story as I kept reading. The descriptions of the Mill Grange property was very well done and I really enjoyed reading about the different ways that the restoration proceeded. All in all, a pretty good book to read.
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I am basing this review on the blurb as, unfortunately, I couldn't read it due to formatting issues. I look forward to reading it when it's released.
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Set over a fairly short period of time, the book follows Thea, who has just started a new job managing the restoration of Mill Grange. With difficult to manage volunteers, an ex who won't leave her alone and a celebrity archaeologist will they meet the open day deadline?
I would have liked to see more about Tina and Sam
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I would like to thank Aria for asking me to review this book and to be apart of the blog tour. 
This book has a lovely bright cover which draw me to reading this book. The blurb on the back sounds intriguing too. 
Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange follows Thea as she restores Mill Grange. She has been hired to restore the grange and in fact she is hoping that she can also restore her own life and have a fresh start. Yet, things are not easy and she is face with hostility. 
For me this was a book I found hard to get in to but I persisted as I do not like to leave a book unread and often a book will pick up and this one did towards the mid way point. The characters are good but what stood out for me was the descriptions of the settings. 
This is a great read and I would recommend it as it has an interesting plot idea and the pace picks up throughout the read.
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Once I got into this book, I found it thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful to read.  The main character, Thea, is easy to relate to and has great qualities that I can see many readers being able to identify with. The premise is a lovely setup.  Thea has been hired to restore Mill Grange and encounters a host of many obstacles in her path both of a personal and a professional nature.  My only criticism is that it got off to a rather slow start for me.  I had to push myself to dive into the first several chapters, but once it took off, it was enjoyable!  The descriptions of the home and grounds and the process by which they restored and worked throughout were really interesting!  I do recommend it!
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I had great hopes for this story but unfortunately just wasn’t for me. I didn’t find the characters likeable at all. I wanted to like Thea, but she just didn’t find a spine at any point letting people walk all over her. I felt the author also kept putting far too many plot twists and obstacles in the way. A lot just didn’t even make sense at all or were unexplained actions. Not for me sadly 

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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I loved the premise and the primary characters, but I felt overall the book just didn't quite live up to its potential. I think the biggest problem was that there was just too much going on and then just as everything starts to come together the author threw in another hurdle in the form of the fire at the mill. The fire wasn't necessary and led to an unfinished plot point with John (what was the point in him calling the fire department if it's never known it was him?). And while I'm on the subject of John, I felt he was a little over the top at times. I'm not sure why he didn't just tell Thea what was going on from the very beginning rather than being a super creep. I thought Thea spent too much time kissing up to the volunteers rather than establishing her own authority. She was the one in charge but she let Mabel walk all over her at every turn. 

With those complaints out of the way, I did really like Thea and Shaun as the main couple. They complemented each other so well and were just a really great match. Sam and Tina were a good secondary couple, but I would have liked a little more of them falling for one another. The twist with the selling of the house wasn't completely out of left field, but not totally predictable either. 

This book reminded me a lot of Katie Fforde's books (in a good way).  So if you are a fan of those books, you will really enjoy this one!
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Thea needs to get away from her old like so she takes a job restoring Mill Grange. She gets a lot of hostility from the volunteers who don't want her interfering. Then her ex boyfriend turns up
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Not for me. Couldn’t find anything likable here. What a horrible “friend” Tina was. Full of herself and snooty for someone sharing a rented house. Thea wasn’t a winner herself though. No good characters, laughable plot, and predictable ending. Just not relaxing at all.
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Even if it's a bit slow at the beginning and some events are bit unbelievable it was an enjoyable and engrossing read.
I recommend it.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Theas life is happy apart from an ex who will not leave her alone. Fed up she decides to change jobs and move to a more remote location where her ex will hopefully not find her. She puts her heart and soul into her new job, unfortunately everything takes a downturn due to lack of funding. However Thea with help from the volunteers on site, they rise to the challenges ahead. A lovely book set in a beautiful stately home which you can imagine yourself there as you read
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Poor Thea. Smart, focused, and an expert in her field, all she wants is to successfully complete her project … and to avoid a thorn in her past that keeps popping up. Fortunately, there are far worse places to soak up a challenge than Mill Grange. Author Jenny Krane expertly wraps Thea’s problems around one of the most enchanting settings of the year, and it’s fascinating as she taps into the nitty gritty and some of the challenges—especially the financial—that come with large scale restoration projects.

Of course, while the landscape provides plenty of fun and tension, the real heat stems from Thea herself. Krane has written her with such a vulnerability that, when she senses the first bit of tension on the horizon, there’s genuine worry. Will the project finish on time? Will she get the volunteers on her side? How will she handle her ex? Thea has a headache around practically every corner. Even so, Krane balances everything out with plenty of levity. A cast of quirky cast, small town drama, and the potential spark of romance all blend together to keep things jaunty.

A total joy from beginning to end, Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange, unlike the titular property, needs no renovation. It’s downright sweet.
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Thea was thrilled when she got the job heading up the restoration of Mill Grange in Devon but it turns out to more complicated than she anticipated.  For one thing, she had hoped to get away from John, her ex.  Nope.  For another, she didn't expect to have to deal with a fairly hostile team - especially Mabel who is just a total pain.  And last, she didn't expect Shaun.  The characters are fun (even, especially Mabel), the setting great, and the plot zips along.  There might not be any surprises but it's a fun read.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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There were a lot of elements of this book that I really enjoyed. I loved the main character, Thea. And I loved following her journey to escape her old life by renovating a Victorian manor. My only complaint with the book is that it got off to a really slow start.
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