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The House of Love and Dreams: Previously published as Finding Dreams - a delightful feel-good romance! (Secrets and Love) Kindle Edition
A must-read for summer - a beautiful and heartwarming story of love and second chances. Perfect for fans of Jane Costello, Milly Johnson, and Lucy Dillon.
An old house, a secret heartbreak, a second chance at love.
Lizzie Greene is about to lose everything. With no money and no job to pay her late husband’s debts, she is resigned to selling her quirky old house, Tanglewild.
But a lifeline appears when Lizzy's house is chosen as the perfect location for a film based on a best-selling romance novel. Her household is turned upside down by a cast of colourful characters: an enigmatic author, a handsome location scout, a brooding director, a heart-throb leading man – never mind her ex-mother-in-law camped out in her drive.
But behind the Hollywood magic, all is not as it seems. Someone has a hidden agenda in coming to Tanglewild, and will stop at nothing to keep its secrets hidden.
Will Lizzy’s desire to save her house lead to new love, or to mortal danger?
What readers are saying about The House of Love and Dreams (previously published as Finding Dreams):
'An enchanting and engrossing read that I highly recommend and, if you have not yet read Lauren Westwood's books, then what on earth are you waiting for?' Bookish Jottings.
'This book may be called Finding Dreams, but it is safe to say that I had found my dream book in this. Absolutely brilliant!' The Writing Garnet.
'A delightfully charming tale that is heartfelt and genuine and reminds us that good things can happen if you believe in yourself, stay open-minded, and be excited for whatever comes next' What's Better Than Books?.
'A story full of twists and turns, captivating and absorbing. I loved it' Sibzzreads.
'It drew me in right from the very beginning and kept me truly captivated throughout, right to the very shocking outcome' N. Stimson, NetGalley.
'Another lovely book by this author, as always great characters, storyline and setting'Sally Coles, NetGalley.
'It drew me in right from the very beginning and kept me truly captivated throughout, right to the very shocking outcome' Nessa Stimson, NetGalley.
'Funny, sensitive and mysterious ... The older mystery intertwined with the romance was a pleasing mix and added an extra layer of interest' Claire Lyons, NetGalley.
'An enchanting and engrossing read that I highly recommend and, if you have not yet read Lauren Westwood's books, then what on earth are you waiting for?' Julie Bonello, NetGalley.
'The story-within-a-story gives us an insight into how Lizzie attempts to deal with her grief, and provides an element of mystery to the plot' Katherine Hayward, NetGalley.
'A fast, entertaining, and hopeful read' Kathleen Gray, NetGalley.
'An interesting tale of love and mystery' Kathryn Garner, NetGalley.
'A beautiful story about having a second chance at love and is a story I've enjoyed immensely' Joanne Dibb, NetGalley.
'A delightfully charming tale that is heartfelt and genuine and reminds us that good things can happen if you believe in yourself, stay openminded, and be excited for whatever comes next' What's Better Than Books? --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Language : English
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- Print length : 590 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,562 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A brilliantly written book, with a mix of characters and a story packed full of twists and turns.
Congratulations to Lauren Westwood for this fabulous book, it's a must read!.
I'll certainly be reading her other books and I can't wait.
Certainly a new twist to set a novel being filmed & also to read the story which the filming is about.
What happened about the treasure? I expected it to be mentioned in the Epilogue. Did the author just forget about it?
Just over a year ago Lizzie Green lost her husband Dave suddenly after his weak heart gave up. Dealing with the aftermath of his death has left Lizzie raw and buried away while life continues around her, as not only did she discover that Dave had been cheating on her but that he’d left them with huge debts which mean their beloved home Tanglewild was left with an uncertain future. Then one day Lizzie finds a letting from a film company asking if they can use her home for their latest film The Lady’s Secret. This gives Lizzie the jump-start she needs to get her life back on track and save her home.
When the filming starts Lizzie discovers its not just some much needed cash the film brings into her home, but also three handsome men which awaken something in Lizzie that’s being gone along time. As Lizzie starts to read the novel that the film is based on she begins to feel that the story, its author and her house all have a connection.
This is one of those books that you can’t help but adore, it so much more than what you expect and so well written that you barely notice how huge it is while reading. I love that Lauren Westwood has used the idea of a novel within a novel and in this book, I think she has nailed this concept perfectly, I just loved how Lizzie’s story intertwined with Victoria’s throughout the book, just brilliant!
I loved many of the characters in this book too. Lizzie’s had such a rough year it’s a wonder she’s able to carry-on, but she does, and she manages looking after her children, working in London and running around after the film crew and dealing with her eccentric ex mother-in-law, left me in awe of her. Speaking of Connie, the mother in law, boy is she a force to be reckoned with, she has a very brisk nature which sometimes rubs Lizzie up the wrong way, but I really like her. I think she had Lizzie’s best interests at heart, I mean how many mothers would bad mouth their dead sons? The rest of the many characters all add something to this great novel and all have their unique voice, which is also testament to how good a writer Lauren Westwood is.
This was a fantastic novel which I adored, I’d recommend it to anyone. I’m so glad I was sent a copy of this to review from Aria as it’s added a new author to my guilty pleasures shelf, so thank you.
Dave goes of to work as normal but then tragedy strikes, Lizzie gets a call from Dave's Secretary the police need to speak with you, when the local police turn up at Tanglwood it's to give Lizzie the news Dave is dead found slumped forward in his chair at the office a heart attack.
Lizzie starts to find out about the fact that Dave had a flat in London which he had taken a mortgage against their home,along with this she finds out his life insurance has lapsed and he has debts all over the place and worst of all the string of women he has had,Lizzie falls into a life of not knowing where her next Penny is coming from but she knows she has got to get a grip for the children's sake.
Along comes a director,a writer and all the people that matters within the film industry,phillipa is a writer and the book she has written and this is being turned into a film,the book is based around a house that is amazingly like Tanglewood,Lizzie is in need of money and fast so she lets the house out to the crew and turns her life upside down,her ex mother in law turns up with her new husband and lives in the caravan on the drive,the story turns into a twisted mass that Lizzie starts to untangle to reveal the truth of what happened all those years ago with the friend that turned out to be more,Julia lost her life in the river at Tanglewood under some very strange circumstances and it all comes out in the end.
The book has parts of the written book that is being filmed so you get sections of that before you read the chapter in this book,Lizzie finds happiness with Luke but it's now they get there that is interesting,it's a worthwhile book to read as there are many twists and turns to it,there is also some amusing bits that make you chuckle,it is worth a read to get the full measure.