Author: Linn B Halton
Genre:Contemporary Romance/Woman's fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Six different stories linked by The restaurant @mill owned by Hillary Mark and Ben Adams...As the restaurant thrives the atmosphere is alive with coversation, snapshots of lives unfolding, each one a personal journey...
The restaurant @ Mill is a wonderful tale of people who lives are at the focus @ the Restaurant...The whole plot is engaging, hard to ignore...Initially my take was OMG, with so many chracters around how the plot is going to appeal?? And that is the beauty of the whole novel, there are layers of human characters whose life track converse and come together then move apart carrying their own vantage to go ahead..Human fear of lose ,of being left alone, betrayal are all just not preached but carved neatly by various characters..Hilary is a strong head with a failed marriage with not so good career, from there on she steered her way to a strong career with greater vision finally with Ben to hold on to..Whenever she speakes she makes sense, even through her fear she holds on to her faith in her fellow human.. I completely loved Hilary, be it managing the restaurant, renovating from the Mill , getting burned up in oven ( I am sure I found that amusing apart from Ben)..I loved this particular quote from her...
"Life throws all sorts of things in our path and sometimes it's hard to cope. You survived and that's what counts . Remember that life is short, and you can't afford to have regrets."
Ben on the other hand is shy and always short for words for expression, initially unsettled later Hilary learn to barge through the silence to understand even when he builds a wall between them, which is later revealed to be largely due to his own insecurities and confusions...I loved the way Halton brought about the renovation of Mill to a wonderful restaurant, every minute detail is seen through, I found myself with Hilary and Ben finishing up the job enjoying the country side, their small get together, local stories and their company....Mya is a charmer though only next to Thomas Quinn..Mya is vivacious and goes the restaurant taking up the orders, making merry .,hiding in her loss and struggle to solve a complicated relationship with Sam...Grace and Lawrences' love that has been stripped off them by parental pressure that has been finding new dimension after years highlighting age is not a barrier when it comes to love.. Nick and Charlotte are an unlikely couple who meet and find their little space of togetherness that lasts forever..I also liked the dash of ghost's presence time and again...All characters are believable characters, you might come across everyday , they are not dramatic but very much in sync with life...This book emphasis that life may not pump in happiness all through, yet through every bump.,love and faith can create lots of happiness to fill in for a life time..Halton has taken care of every aspect., the book opens up in Autumn symbolically representing that fact that ., things are yet to be sorted out ., slowly and steadily every bit is placed together solving a jumbled puzzle...This book would be an absolute treat to anyone who love to read about different human attribute with all shades put in perfectly...
About the author
Linn B Halton lives in the UK, in the small Gloucestershire village of Arlingham, on the banks of the River Severn with her adorable husband and cat with attitude – Mr Tiggs! She writes romantic fiction with a psychic or astrological theme and many of the paranormal events that feature in her books are real life experiences.
Linn is also a featured new Author on http://loveahappyending.com/ and Editor of the feature ‘Author & Associate Catch-Ups’ including ‘Reader/Author Team Reports’ on the website’s magazine-style blog.
The first time I walked around the flour mill at Huntingbridge in Gloucestershire turned out to be a life-changing moment. Reminiscent of the first time I met my business partner, Ben Adams. The initial thought that struck me on both occasions was “Great, not perfect, but I can work with this.” It was enough to clinch the deal for me.You see, I thought I had a “perfect” life once a long time ago. I married Josh, the man of my dreams, only to find out one failed marriage and a broken heart later, that everything can change in an instant. What you see depends upon where you’re standing when you admire it. If you’re on the outside looking in on someone else’s life, it’s only natural to form an opinion based on the façade you see. What I would eventually discovered was that even when you’re on the inside looking out, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking everything is fine. On that fateful day many years ago, what I hadn't appreciated was that what we had was in fact a love triangle, and knowing that would have given me a whole new perspective.
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