Make Do and Mend in Applewell - Lilac Mills

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Official Blurb:

Can their marriage be mended in time for Christmas?
Lottie has always been thrifty. As a mother of three, it's even more important that she stretches the household budget as far as possible. Luckily, Lottie’s penchant for taking broken items and upcycling them has worked wonders for living on a shoestring.
Henry can’t face telling Lottie he’s been made redundant. Instead, he pretends to go to work as usual while frantically job hunting. The race is on to find another role before Lottie discovers he’s another useless item for her collection – one that is beyond repair.
Christmas is a time for giving, but will Lottie give Henry another chance if she learns about his lies? And can Henry give Lottie and their kids the life he so desperately wants them to have?

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure I was in the mood for a lighthearted book, but the release date was fast approaching, so I got stuck in. As soon as I started reading, though, I was enchanted once again by Lilac Mills’ writing and with Applewell.
I love the little mentions of Lampeter and Aberystwyth as I can envisage these places in my mind having spent three years at Lampeter University and often having to schlep to Aberystwyth for some civility.
Lottie and Henry, a married couple, are having trouble communicating with one another. They are left to their own individual worlds, and this causes problems for one another. I think we have all been there when our partner has gone quiet on us, and we start to imagine all sorts of scenarios, and instead of communicating, it festers and grows into something completely far-fetched and out of proportion. This is what is happening in this latest instalment in Applewell between this couple. Henry was a very annoying male and so oblivious to his faux pas’ and Lottie was a little neurotic, but both were likeable characters.
I really enjoyed this book, it made for a very lighthearted read, and it ended up being exactly what I needed! I can’t wait to find out what some of the other characters get up to in this little town in the middle of Wales.

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Make Do and Mend in Applewell
by Lilac Mills
Date Started
24th August 2021
Date Finished
28th August 2021
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