Book Review: Return to Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh

Return to Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh
Release Date: 18th June 2015
Publisher: Carina
Buy: Kindle
5 star


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?


Jessica McAdams is dismayed that she’ll have to leave her London life behind after the sudden and unexpected death of her parents. Reluctant to leave her home, job and friends and return to Bluebell Hill, the country village that she grew up in, for her parent’s funeral, Jessica isn’t sure she wants to become re-acquainted with her childhood home. She also isn’t sure that she’s quite ready to face the memories that come along with the house…
However, it seems that Jessica is in for one or two surprises- firstly in the form of the wonderful Esme, her childhood nanny. Their relationship picks off from where it left off all those years ago when Jessica fled the small village for a new life in London.
Then there’s the rather-gorgeous sounding Reuben, the gardener at Bluebell House who could be the perfect candidate for a Bluebell Hill romance.
But let’s not forget that Jessica plans to leave Bluebell Hill and return to London once everything is sorted, leaving little time for romance or friendships. However, as Jessica starts to settle in she starts to see Bluebell Hill in another light and it starts to feel more like…well…home.

Rebecca Pugh is one of my all-time favourite book bloggers.  Her reviews always, ALWAYS make me smile and I love how her personality really shines through when she’s writing about books. Well, it would seem that that sunny, warm, witty and all-round lovely personality shines through even more when she is writing books of her own…
As a chick-lit fanatic I am a huge fan of books that can help me to get out of my own head and transport me away somewhere else for a while. I can say with pure certainty that there is no place I would rather be transported to than the idyllic Bluebell Hill. Rebecca writes with such imagination and detailed description that I feel sure that I have actually visited Bluebell Hill rather than just read about it.  The village, those gorgeous woods, Bluebell House itself, the super sweet scent of the bluebells, Reuben’s muscles (I did not just say that.) –are all things that I certainly had no trouble whatsoever imagining, due to Rebecca’s vivid and rich writing. As soon as I left Bluebell Hill I immediately wanted to return. It’s such a magical place, full of beauty and compelling characters. I think I’d be quite happy living in this gorgeous little village…

If you love your romance and enjoy losing yourself in a sweet & beautiful story then everything about this little beauty of a novel will appeal to you. The cover, the characters, the setting – there are so many crucial elements to a good romance novel and Return to Bluebell Hill really does have them all.

Years of being a book fanatic have definitely worked their magic on Rebecca as she knows EXACTLY what makes a novel so warm and enjoyable whilst including a intriguing plotline full of twists, surprises, intrigue and of course – romance.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive Congratulations to Rebecca. As well as finding herself on my list of favourite bloggers she is now about to be added onto my list of favourite authors too and I really hope that she is proud of what she has achieved here with her magical and utterly fantastic debut novel. Becca…I’m expecting big things for the future!


A huge thank you to publishers Carina for sending me a review copy of Return to Bluebell Hill. 



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Becca latestRebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.

Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.

Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

Her debut novel, Return to Bluebell Hill, is due to be published June 18th 2015 by Carina UK.


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