New Beginnings at the Old Bakehouse

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Pub Date 30 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 3 Aug 2022


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

‘A letter, a goodbye, and a baby girl whose name will begin with “L”…’

When Heartcross’ resident clairvoyant tells Molly McKendrick to expect a whole lot of scandal and upset to blow in with the approaching winter storm, Molly doesn’t know what to think.

With a baby on the way any week now, and Christmas not far off, the last thing Molly needs is drama, but when she crosses paths with Bree, a sixteen-year-old homeless girl, and takes her in from the cold, secrets from the past flood the present and Molly, her partner Cam, and their son George, are soon experiencing a holiday season filled with unexpected festive surprises…

Readers can’t get enough of the Loveheart Lane series:

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‘I absolutely adored this book…gave a warm feeling as you read each page’ Suzanne

‘There's pretty much nothing I want more now than to escape to a small Scottish town and live in a cottage… sweet and cozy and a nice escape from the wild reality we are all currently living in’ Nicole

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

‘A letter, a goodbye, and a baby girl whose name will begin with “L”…’

When Heartcross’ resident...

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I received this book via NetGalley and give it my honest opinion.

Book number 9 of the Love Heart Lane Series by Christie Barlow!

This is my all time favourite series of books and with every new book comes love, laughter and the struggles we all might experience in life at some point!

Well written and will have you hooked by the first chapter! Pure escapism at its best, I love meeting up with old characters and exploring the new ones. Molly and Cam are a delight to follow in their story of supporting a homeless girl, such an inspiration. Bree is a great character but you will have to read to find out why .

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved how the relationship between Molly and Bree developed. Well done Molly for having so much faith in Bree and helped her to develop her skills. She just knew in her heart that Bree was someone special. A lovely story with a heartwarming ending.

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I adore this series and this instalment just adds to it! Love being back at Heartcross and with characters we know.

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I absolutely adored this novel!

I love a novel set in a bakery and this one was delightful - I could almost smell the bread and pastries! The Old Bakehouse in the snowy Scottish winter is such a cosy setting, I was hooked from the first chapter.

I fell in love with all of the characters, each one was quirky and likeable, particularly Bree who was a joy to read about. Christie Barlow has a writing style which immediately relaxes me and this novel gave me a few hours of pure escapism from of the stresses of daily life!

A heart-warming read.

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This absolutely delightful book grabbed me in the first chapter and never let me go. A group of wonderful and realistic characters, a snowy Scottish setting and a storyline that had my heart overflowing created the perfect book. A young pregnant mother of a little boy meets a homeless teenager at a local shelter. This begins a tale of kindness, friendship, family secrets and love. I couldn’t put this heartwarming book down.

Thank you to Harper Collins Uk, One More Chapter via NetGalley for the opportunity to read this amazing book.

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New Beginnings at the Old Bakehouse by C. Barlow, published by HarperCollins UK/ One More Chapter, is a standalone and book 9 in the Love Heart Lane Series.
Molly and Cam are so good together. But before they get their hea there are some difficulties.
A heartwarming read, excellent written. A storyline full of twists and unexpected turns, secrets. A suspenseful read that had me on the edge of my seat from start til the last page. A wonderful book, 5 stars.

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I never tire of books based around a bakery and when I was coming to the end of my staycation I wanted to read something light hearted and uplifting to provide a last dose of escapism before heading back to work and that’s when I came across New Beginnings at the Old Bakehouse by Christie Barlow. I did see that it was book 9 in the Love Heart Lane series which I haven’t read but the synopsis appealed to me so I took a chance on it as a standalone any way.
Molly is coming towards the end of her pregnancy and husband Cam wants to try and keep everything calm for her despite his own worries so when Molly then takes it upon herself to help Bree, a sixteen-year-old homeless girl he is not onboard with having this untrustworthy stranger in their home and shop.
This was such a heartwarming hopeful read that was easily read as a standalone and has just made me determined to work my way through the previous books in the series now. Molly has an absolute heart of gold determined to help those in need and to see the best in everyone. Cam was also a little sweetheart even if he wasn’t as trusting as his wife he still had good intentions in wanting to protect his family whilst struggling with his own problems.
I loved the baking element and the baking competition in the book it added charm and excitement to the storyline and yet again I am sat here desperate to open my own bakery…. If only I could bake!
Although there were parts of the storyline that were predictable I still enjoyed watching the events unfold.
The book does highlight the difficulties communities face when offering safe places and food for the homeless communities not just on typical day to day but also how much harder and more dangerous it can be when weather conditions take a drastic turn.
I loved every page of this book and raced through it in 24hours, it is certainly up there as my favourite by this author so definitely one I would recommend for an uplifting heartfelt novel.

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Absolutely enjoy adorable book! It was nice to be back in Heartcross again with Molly, Cam and Dixie. This time at a bakery. Enjoyed the warm story!

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Wow new beginnings at the old bakehouse is the most wonderful charming read full of Heartcross familiarity,magic and charm so fantastic to be transported back to that wonderful place with familiar characters and new exciting ones too!
This book continues molly and cams story and covers many issues such as abandonment, grief, loss, homelessness but overall it resonated with hope, forgiveness and family!
The progression of cam and mollys relationship, the growth of the bakery, and the kindness exhibited to the homeless community, tied in with secrets from the past, revelations and the inclusion of the wonderful new character Bree made this the most endearing read that I really didn’t want to end! So looking forward to the next love heart lane read!
Thank you netgalley for this early read!

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I have yet again just visited Heartcross! What a place… as always it was a pleasure to be immersed into village life and all our favourite characters.

This book picks up where Primrose Park left off… fast forward 6 years, Molly & Cam are happily married and George is now at school, plus there’s a new baby on the way,

The bakery is doing well, it feels the right time to employ an assistant but Cam isn’t keen, plus he’s got a lot on his mind keeping a secret from Molly. .

Molly is delivering left over bread to the local homeless shelter & meets a young girl, Bree, whom she feels a connection to, how come Bree finds herself in such a situation…

This book for me covered it all.. loss, hope, grief, family & as usual the nice warm fuzzy feeling of Heartcross!!

I can’t wait for the next book in the series, as with all of the books they can be read as a standalone but why would you want to! If you haven’t already get yourself a copy of Love Heart Lane & join the family!

Thanks to OMC & NetGalley for the digital
ARC of this book!

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I completely devoured New Beginnings at the Old Bakehouse, the latest in the Love Heart Lane series. In this novel, we focus on Cameron, Molly and their delightful son George. When an evening with local clairvoyant Martha predicts scandal to arrive with the incoming winter storms, Molly doesn’t know what to think. Heavily pregnant she really doesn’t need any drama but following a chance encounter with a sixteen year old homeless girl, she takes her in and finds secrets from the past beginning to manifest in the present. I adored this book. The authors style of writing draws you in and you feel you are totally immersed in Heartcross. I love how each novel in the series focuses on a particular main character, but also introduces new characters and interspersed them with old favourites. A heartwarming read that you will find impossible to put down. Thank you to NetGalley, One More Chapter and the author for the chance to review.

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I never tire of visiting Heartcross, as they say once you go to Heartcross you never want to leave, what a true statement!.

I absolutely adore the Love Heart Lane series, in this installment we visit Molly and Cam who we met in book six Primrose Park so was lovely to catch up with them and see how life has changed for them.

I thought Bree was such a sweetheart and her story is heartbreaking.

Dixie is a wise old woman and look foward to reading more about her life.

This can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend you read the series you will be addicted.

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With thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an early copy of this wonderful book.

It's no secret how much I love this series and in my opinion it gets better with each new book.

This book is set in the bakery at Heartcross which meant my tummy was rumbling for much of it. Chocolate bread anyone? Touching sensitively on the topics of testicular cancer and homelessness Christie really has written another gem.

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