Monday, 28 March 2016

Review of Return to Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh

The bit on the back…

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… 

Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…
Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?


I’ve had this on my TBR since I bought it on its publication day last year. Due to other demands I’m only just getting round to it a little while after the release of Rebecca’s second novel! Insert woe is me book blogger whine here. This debut is all about main character Jessica McAdams and her return to the village she grew up in.

Jessica is quite a complex character. An emotionally lacking and strict upbringing has led her to be closed off to new emotion and relationships in her adult life with a feeling of resentment toward and misunderstanding of her parents and the way they treated her. It’s clear that although she wasn’t shown parental love she is capable of loving fiercely shown in her relationship with Esme.

Esme is a bit like Jessica’s fairy godmother. She looked after Jessica while she was growing up so they have a tight bond. A bond that Jessica uses like a crutch during the hardship she faces at the very start of this book. Another bond, although unintentional and not for lack of trying to avoid it, is with Reuben, the handsome gardener at Bluebell House.

The story follows Jessica back to Bluebell Hill and the trials that brings her, back to London and further afield as more is revealed about Jessica’s early years.

The editing could have been a little tighter toward the end of the book but overall this is quite simply a very enjoyable read.


It’s clear that Rebecca really cares about the characters she’s created in her debut novel. They stay true to themselves from beginning to end and I found them really easy to like and enjoy reading about. Everything about this book from the cover to the setting is lovely and will charm you from the get go. Rebecca has situated herself firmly in the ranks of great romance writers and has a bright future ahead of her I’m sure. I can’t wait to dive into Rebecca’s second novel A Home in Sunset Bay also published by Carina.

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