‘A lovely, very different 5 read from Lucy Knott, full of her trademark cosiness’ Sam Tonge, author of Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage, on The Little Barn of Dreams.
With the recent breakdown of both her ten-year relationship and her parents’ marriage, thirty-five-year-old Marnie Barnes no longer believes in love. To give her life the shake-up it so clearly needs, she books a ticket to Canada. Thousands of miles away from her home and her twin sister, she struggles to have the life-changing experience she dreamt of – until she meets Nova, a dinosaur-loving space nerd with a penchant for living in the moment.
After a wonderful day together in Vancouver, they part ways. Though gutted, Marnie thinks it’s proof that she’s not meant to find love and tries to move on with her life. But a few months later, back in England, she bumps into someone achingly familiar.
As Marnie navigates her new feelings, takes chances and makes the first move for the first time in her life, can she regain her faith in love – and find it for herself?
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Lucy Knott lives in Manchester England, just around the corner from her childhood home and less than five minutes from her twin sister Kelly and brother in law Chris. She loves spending time with her family in addition to writing, reading and cooking Italian food. When not buried in a book, scribbling in a notebook or having dance parties for one to Harry Styles, she works as a teaching assistant where the majority of her days are spent talking about dinosaurs and making Godzilla out of just about everything, from Blu Tac to cardboard boxes, and she loves every minute.
If she could up and move to the stunning Amalfi Coast, San Francisco or live in a cabin surrounded by fairy lights, she would, but for now she’s quite content writing about those magical places. Lucy loves to write uplifting stories that she hopes will put a smile on your face, fill your heart with joy, encourage you to embrace the awesomeness that you are and believe that any dream is possible.
Love Lessons in Starcross Valley follows a woman in her mid-30s named Marnie as she tries to put some pieces of her life together. The opening of the novel puts the reader right in the middle of her drama where she is in Canada on a six-month trip from England. In this new setting, she is dealing with the end of her relationship with her boyfriend of ten years after he cheated on her, an end to her career as a teacher, along her parent’s divorce. This is an interesting opening as the reader is just meeting the character and attempting to connect with her as she is going through a lot. During her stay, she meets Nova, who became part of her healing process. After her stay in Canada, Marnie returns hoping that she can continue healing and continue her life in England with this new outlook.
Marnie begins a new position as a teaching assistant at a school working with an autistic student. When the school goes on a field trip to a museum, Marnie reunites with Nova, who is a paleontologist and instructor there. The two reconnect and begin to get to know each other again and slowly spend more and more time together. Along with Marnie connecting with Nova, she also has her twin sister, Jovi, and her best friend, Antoni. Marnie’s relationship with each of them was well done as it is clear how much they care about each other. Overall, the story was sweet and fun as Marnie goes through finding love again along with her own emotional journey. I liked how Marnie took time for herself in Canada to gain a new perspective on everything in her life before trying to put the pieces back together as that is sometimes is the best solution for those at a crossroads. This was a very heart-warming story and I cannot wait to read more from the author.
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources,, the publisher, and the author for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**
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