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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Turn Towards the Sun by Emma Davies

Setting: Rowan Hill, England
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union
Release Date: February 9, 2017

After spying a job ad seeking a helper in a quiet community that's home to several artists, crafters, and such, Lizzie hopes she'll land the job. Her childhood and young adulthood were a mess, and Rowan Hill offers the chance to start anew. Her interview goes well and she lands the job, but in reality, her troubles are only beginning.

It isn't long before things happen within the community and all eyes look at Lizzie as the cause. From ruined handmade furniture to missing orders, Lizzie's place within the community is threatened. She's certain she's not to blame, but can she unravel the truth before she's fired and sent on her way?

Turn Towards the Sun got off to a bit of a slow start. This is actually the second book in the Rowan Hill series, so I had to adjust to the characters' relationships and the community itself. When the mysterious happenings occur and the actual mystery starts to pick up, I was already well into the book. But, the pacing also allowed me to really get to know the characters. From Ellie and her frantic wedding planning while her fiance is away to the very pregnant Jane, I felt as though I became part of the community.

As for the mystery, I was never that puzzled by the "whodunit" aspect. I had the guilty party pegged early on. Watching others realize it drew great satisfaction for me. I'd known for a while and wanted them to finally get it.

I found myself enchanted by Rowan Hill. It's exactly the type of community I'd love to be part of, and that setting in itself is a great reason to let the book sweep you away for a few hours.

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