I didn’t know what to expect from Starlight Cottage, but was delighted with this first book I’ve read in the Pepper Bay series by K T Dady.
Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, drama, friendship, and love.
Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight – Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.
The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories that intertwine with recurring characters.
Anna Cooper and Jake Reynolds both live at the luxury London building, River Heights. The only difference is that Jake lives in the penthouse, and Anna lives in a tent on the roof.
When Jake finds out, he offers Anna a chance of a new life in his grandmother’s childhood home in Pepper Bay, and she decides to take the opportunity to see if she really can make a fresh start somewhere else.
The beauty of Pepper Bay, with its quaint shops, chocolate box cottages, and all of Jake’s closest friends, immediately fills Anna’s heart with nothing but love, and it isn’t just Starlight Cottage that she finds herself falling in love with.
When Anna and Jake met for the first time, in a lift, they couldn’t have been more opposite in their appearance. Jake was immaculately dressed, while Anna was dripping wet and accompanied by her equally wet and slightly smelly dog, Max. Since this was the building Jake lived in, he wondered what this woman and that creature were doing there.
Soon circumstances throw them together and they discover that everything is not what it seems. Jake’s gruff and arrogant manner hides a soft, vulnerable heart. Coming to know about Anna’s circumstances, he convinces her to go with him to Pepper Bay, a place he spent a lot of time with his grandparents in Starlight Cottage.
In Pepper Bay, Anna sees another side to Jake and watches how the community treats him as family. She falls in love with Pepper Bay, even while realizing that she can’t really stay on.
Both Anna and Jake have anxiety issues stemming from their past. How they begin to trust one another and start to heal makes for a very sweet, sometimes heart-breaking story.
Two lovely main characters and a sweet dog were enough to keep me reading on once I started. But all the other characters of this idyllic community and a beautifully told story make this a very memorable read.
I’m looking forward to reading another book in this series soon.
Meet The Author – K T Dady
Author, reader, mum, chocolate lover, and a huge fan of a HEA. I was born and raised in the East End of London, and I’ve been happily writing stories since I was a little girl. When I’m not writing, I’m baking cakes or pottering around in my little garden in Essex, trying not to kill the flowers. I’m the author of contemporary romance, middle-grade, and the thought-provoking thriller about mental illness, The Focus Program.
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I’m grateful to the author, publisher and Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.