The Beekeeper's Cottage

The Beekeeper's Cottage

Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again? Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a pro...

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The Beekeeper's Cottage Reviews

  • Sarah

    It was so great to be back in Hope Corner again. There is something about this fabulous setting that just transports you away from real life to this idyllic location. Even though I am not a fan of bees, I so enjoyed finding out more about them through Grace. Though don’t worry, bee’s are only a very small part of the story.

    Amos I was drawn to as soon as we meet him. He has an air of mystery and I was dying to find out his history. He seems to have a habit of turning up just at the right time and

    It was so great to be back in Hope Corner again. There is something about this fabulous setting that just transports you away from real life to this idyllic location. Even though I am not a fan of bees, I so enjoyed finding out more about them through Grace. Though don’t worry, bee’s are only a very small part of the story.

    Amos I was drawn to as soon as we meet him. He has an air of mystery and I was dying to find out his history. He seems to have a habit of turning up just at the right time and for Flora and her family as well as Grace, it certainly couldn’t be anymore perfect.

    Grace I loved getting to know better. She has a lot going on in her personal life and has some serious decisions to make. She takes things in her stride though and her friendship with Flora, Ned and his parents is a great comfort.

    The Beekeeper’s Cottage is such a gentle read that totally absorbs you. There is so much to love about this novel, from the wonderful setting, to the characters and all thanks to the fabulous writing style of the author. You really feel a connection with this place as well as the characters and have to say that this is one book that even if it had 1000 pages, it would never be enough as I could easily keep on reading about the residents and life there. The perfect book to read anytime full of friendship and hope.

    My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  • Sharon

    This book is the sequel to The House at Hope Corner. We return not just to Flora and Hope Corner, but more specifically Flora’s neighbour and friend, Grace. Whilst it is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone book easily. I loved the first book and was really enthralled by Flora’s story. I had already met Grace so already knew her back story of being in a loveless marriage to a womanising TV personality. Grace was such an interesting character in the first book, so was rea

    This book is the sequel to The House at Hope Corner. We return not just to Flora and Hope Corner, but more specifically Flora’s neighbour and friend, Grace. Whilst it is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone book easily. I loved the first book and was really enthralled by Flora’s story. I had already met Grace so already knew her back story of being in a loveless marriage to a womanising TV personality. Grace was such an interesting character in the first book, so was really happy to be reading her story this time around!

    Grace’s husband in this book was just as obnoxious and unpleasant as he was in the first. I really felt for Grace particularly when her husband arranges for the house to be put up for sale without her agreement, but then after a while I figured she was certainly better off without him. Amos was my favourite character of the book! He was just so magical, almost a male version of Mary Poppins!! The writing conjured up such great images of him, and whilst being older than the usual romantic interest in books like this, his character was still very likeable. Turning up at Hope Corner offering his work for free in return for accommodation was unusual, but as Amos’s story progresses you begin to understand why he lives the life he does.

    The aspect of bees and beekeeping obviously play a big part in the story – the title of the book is a bit of a giveaway!! It was really interesting and completely different to have bees feature in a storyline and I found myself captivated by how hives work, how the bees live and how you look after them (I also found myself with newly found respect for the honeybees I currently have nesting in my extractor fan vent!). The images of the fields of colourful flowers, bees collecting their nectar and big old Amos in his beekeeper’s suit will stay with me for a very long time!

    Of course, we all know that this is also about the birds and the bees (a terrible pun, I know!) and as in books of this genre, there is always going to be a romance. We can also guess quite quickly as to who the romance will be between, but there is always going to be some secrets and past histories which will need to be worked through first! It was obvious there was more to Amos than meets the eye and when his story is revealed it certainly bought a tear or two to my eyes!

    I loved this book just as much, if not a little bit more, than the first one! The story was captivating and the characters were absolutely perfect! I have since read that Amos also features in a kindle short read by this author, Merry Mistletoe, which I will definitely be looking out for! A heart-warming wonderful tale of good old fashioned romance! This perfect summer read will leave the aroma of the flowers and the buzz of the bees warming your heart for a good while after you’ve finished reading it! Highly recommended!!

  • Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "The Beekeeper's Cottage" by Emma Davies is the perfect summer read. This book is the sequel to "The House at Hope Corner" but it can be read as a standalone book easily..

    Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

    Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she

    "The Beekeeper's Cottage" by Emma Davies is the perfect summer read. This book is the sequel to "The House at Hope Corner" but it can be read as a standalone book easily..

    Comforted by the gentle hum of the beehives at the bottom of the garden, Grace drains the last of her tea and walks slowly back towards the little hillside house she adores. Her marriage is over, but is it too late to start her life again?

    Beekeeper Grace thought throwing out her cheating husband would be the hardest thing she ever did. But when she opens the door to a property developer one morning, it’s clear that keeping her beautiful home and garden – her only sanctuary throughout her miserable marriage – will be the greatest challenge of all…

    Fleeing to her best friend at the farm next door, Grace blurts out all her problems, only to be overheard by Amos, a handsome, free-spirited visitor with a twinkle in his eye. Fascinated by Grace and her bees, Amos offers to stay in the village of Hope Corner, to help turn her home into a guest house in return for lessons on beekeeping.

    As Grace shows Amos how to nurture a hive and harvest honeycomb without getting stung, he is charming but secretive. He never stays long in the same place after an incident in his past involving a mysterious woman named Maria. But as their eyes lock over a jar of homemade honey, Grace can’t help feeling that she’d really like him to stay…

    Determined to dispel her growing suspicion that Amos is running from something serious, Grace goes in search of the truth about Maria. But when she finds it, will she still want Amos to put down roots in Hope Corner, and will they still have a house to return to?

    No matter how far they travel, bees will always find their way home…

    This is a light easy read for a lazy summer day. I instantly fell in love with the village of Hope Corner. The characters are wonderful which makes reading even more pleasurable.

    I highly recommend this novel to all who love Romance/Chic Lit novels.

    I requested and received an Advanced Readers copy from the publisher and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own

  • Elaine

    If you're looking for a gentle, feel good read grab yourself a copy of this lovely story!

    Amos is travelling through but decides to stay in the village of Hope Corner where he gets a job at Hope Blooms Farm, working in exchange for food and lodgings...... He's secretive about his past but has a warm heart, great ideas, is hard working and everyone makes him welcome.

    Grace is the beekeeper who is determined to make changes to her life, starting with throwing out her cheating husband and striving to

    If you're looking for a gentle, feel good read grab yourself a copy of this lovely story!

    Amos is travelling through but decides to stay in the village of Hope Corner where he gets a job at Hope Blooms Farm, working in exchange for food and lodgings...... He's secretive about his past but has a warm heart, great ideas, is hard working and everyone makes him welcome.

    Grace is the beekeeper who is determined to make changes to her life, starting with throwing out her cheating husband and striving to ensure she can keep their marital home. Her celebrity husband, however, has other ideas and is putting things in motion to sell her beloved home - probably because she's wanting to divorce him! When Amos hears about this he is determined to help her, too, in her plans to develop her home into a guest house in exchange for lessons in bee keeping. As attraction develops between these two, her husband's boss asks her to help host a weekend party in exchange ..... Should she do it? Why is Amos travelling and not settled anywhere? Can they learn to trust and find love is with someone, not a place?

    This is an endearing, restful but entertaining read, ideal when you want to relax and escape into a feel good romance. There are great characters, secrets to be revealed and love to be found in this delightful story which I have no hesitation in highly recommending. It definitely left me with a smile on my face!

    I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

  • Lesley

    Well, I have just read every one of Emma Davies' books, back-to-back, and I cannot say how much I have enjoyed them.

    This one, by no means left me disappointed, but as per my progress update, I was a little confused as I'm sure Amos was in at least one of the other books, but can't find reference in synopsis. It certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment of every single book.

    If you want the feel good factor, these books cannot be recommended highly enough by me.

    I would have given them 10 stars!

  • Rose English

    From the vibrant cover, to the stunning setting in the village of Hope Corner this book has the key ingredients to a page turning summer read. Throw in the beautifully descriptive passages, and a bunch of loveable characters especially being re-acquainted with one of my favourite characters of all time - Amos Fry then you have another 5* story.

    I did not realise this was book 2 in a series and I think it is easily read as a stand-alone. Amos is mysterious in a

    From the vibrant cover, to the stunning setting in the village of Hope Corner this book has the key ingredients to a page turning summer read. Throw in the beautifully descriptive passages, and a bunch of loveable characters especially being re-acquainted with one of my favourite characters of all time - Amos Fry then you have another 5* story.

    I did not realise this was book 2 in a series and I think it is easily read as a stand-alone. Amos is mysterious in all the books he has appeared in. Always turning up at a place that really needs his help, and all he asks in return is usually simple board and lodgings. This time however he meets Grace a beautiful soul on his own wave-length. A beekeeper in tune with nature who Amos is helping. As I said wonderful summer reading. Very highly recommended.

  • Emma Crowley

    Four years I have been waiting for this story The Beekeeper's Cottage to be told. That's the length of time since I read Emma Davies' absolute gem of a novella Merry Mistletoe which introduced us to the character of Amos Fry. If you haven't read that short story than I suggest you do so as it will really give you a flavour as to why Amos is such a special character that just has this most wonderful aura and sense of calm and serenity surrounding him. He struck such a chord with me that I was gut

    Four years I have been waiting for this story The Beekeeper's Cottage to be told. That's the length of time since I read Emma Davies' absolute gem of a novella Merry Mistletoe which introduced us to the character of Amos Fry. If you haven't read that short story than I suggest you do so as it will really give you a flavour as to why Amos is such a special character that just has this most wonderful aura and sense of calm and serenity surrounding him. He struck such a chord with me that I was gutted the way everything was very much left on a cliffhanger in Merry Mistletoe and I was desperate to know more about him and his circumstances. Well finally the time has come and many books later Amos has reappeared and as always he wants to help people but hopefully now we will get some decisive answers to the innumerable questions I have always had about this character.

    Amos is an enigma, a free spirit, a wanderer and someone who keeps his cards close to his chest which really makes for an intriguing character and one you want to get to know better. With no fixed abode, Amos is transient roaming from place to place and venturing to many places where some unknown source or inner feeling may call him. He has been travelling for so long on a quest only he knows the motivations for but with his arrival at Hope Corner Farm will his story come full circle? Just why has this little oasis of beauty beckoned him? Who is in need of help and why?

    We return to Hope Corner Farm and to characters who have become familiar in Emma's previous book The House at Hope Corner. It was lovely to catch up with Flora, Ned, Hannah and Fraser and I thought the way their strand of the story was utilised was excellent. They are the people that give Amos a place to stay in return for some work that needs doing. They have ambitious plans to extend their flower farm and will grab any opportunities of help that are extended. But it is not the residents of the farm that really catch Amos' attention, although he does strike up a close bond with them. No it is their next door neighbour Grace. A woman similar to Amos in so many ways, which only become apparent the further we delve into the story.

    Grace has been dealt a lot of blows recently and she has come to realise she needs to value each thing in her life as they may not always be there. She has reached the difficult decision that her marriage to Paul must come to an end. She can no longer tolerate the affairs or the state of perpetual fear or of being on edge that she feels around him. When Paul is confronted and a divorce sought, he plays his trump card. Grace's beloved cottage that she has spent so much time building up and tending to the gardens and her beloved bees are to be sold. Grace if not already in a state of distress is blindsided and filled with anger and sadness. What can she do to stop her beloved home being lost to her forever?

    Grace was very much in tune with nature and her surroundings as was Amos. But her confidence and vitality has been sucked out of her due to Paul's overbearing and domineering personality. There was a rawness and vulnerability to her that was in danger of being exploited. Now is a turning point in her life and the decisions she makes will have a profound effect on the path her future takes. Amos soon realises it is Grace he is meant to help. He has to trust his instincts and over time draw things out from Grace, to help her unload her burdens. He understands that this will not come easy but will take, patience and consideration and that's what I love about Amos.

    Amos is not your typical male character out to seek love and then ensues a lot of will they won't they for the remainder of the book, his journey is a different one as he seeks to assuage his guilt. For what we don't know but Grace never puts him under intense pressure to reveal all although she does question him. I knew when the time was exactly right that the revelations would come and at last Amos' truth would be told. But while I waited to reach that pivotal point I was more than content to read about Grace and how she would rectify the error of giving up her life, her hopes, dreams and aspirations to make Paul's life and career in TV a major success.

    To many it would seem the arrival of a stranger on the doorstep of Hope Farm and his subsequent immersion into their lives would be very strange. How can you allow a person you had never met before to become so deeply involved in your personal life? Grace believes that she should be feeling anxiety and unrest with Amos there at every turn but instead he is a form of solace and comfort and it all feels so natural and as if everything was meant to turn out this way. As a reader, I thought the same but given I had gotten to know Amos in the previous story I felt I had a good understanding of this character already and I knew that his intentions were always worthwhile and genuine. Ok, there is an air of magic and allurement surrounding Amos and at times you do have to suspend your disbelief that he gets things even before the characters do. How does he do this? But really it all added to my fascination with this man and for Grace I'm sure she felt the same.

    Sometimes, we can't explain things or pinpoint why we feel a certain way and therefore we are better just to go with the flow. Amos was leading Grace in a direction he felt was positive for her to ultimately try and save her house and she just had to trust her instincts as he himself had done for so long. Amos always turns negatives into positives and he gives people the nudge/inspiration they didn't know they needed. Anyone would want Amos by their side but at the same time he likes to retain the sense of mystery around him. He had built up an outer shell that no one had broken yet because he hadn't reached that pointed or met the right person to do so. I think he felt fearful of releasing so much emotion that he had bottled up for so long and that he would much rather deflect attention on to others. He did this by helping them which was so kind, thoughtful and brave to do but when would he let someone return the favour and do the same for him? Why did this need to happen in the first place? What had set him on the long road he had been travelling and would Grace be the one to get through a chink in his armour?

    The plot of The Beekeeper's Cottage moves along at a nice and easy pace gradually culminating in many revelations and not one of them was a disappointment. In fact finally acknowledging everything allowed the reader to gain an even deeper understanding and appreciation of the character of Amos. I did enjoy Grace's character too as she became the catalyst for doors to be opened into Amos' soul. In the beginning, I think both Grace and Amos were lost in different ways and needed guidance, advice, support and to find kindred spirits who would be in tune with each other. But Paul has lots of dirty deeds up his sleeve and Grace has to try and battle both with her emotions and with the man who has created so much discomfort, anger and pain in her life.

    Will Paul be successful in taking the cottage away from Grace and therefore brutally crushing what she has clung to for so long? Will the truth finally set Amos free and will he find the love he so desperately deserves? All will be revealed in this wonderful book that has more than done Amos' story justice. Yes, I may have been slightly apprehensive before beginning this story as I had built up Amos' character so much in my head and I didn't want the truth behind his story to be one big let down and a major fail but rest assured the wait was more than worth it. Thank you Emma Davies for deeply pleasing this reader and concluding this story so wonderfully which began with Merry Mistletoe.

  • Els

    I am happy the author took me back to Hope Corner where we were treated to Flora’s story in a previous book. This time it’s her neighbour Grace who is in the spotlight.

    Both books can be read as a standalone, but it’s always nice to know what happened before. 🙂

    Every book I have already read by this author has a hugh amount of romance in it, but she adds a lot of depth by tackling a more serious matter as well.

    How long do you have to remain trapped in the situation you are in now? Isn’t it time to

    I am happy the author took me back to Hope Corner where we were treated to Flora’s story in a previous book. This time it’s her neighbour Grace who is in the spotlight.

    Both books can be read as a standalone, but it’s always nice to know what happened before. 🙂

    Every book I have already read by this author has a hugh amount of romance in it, but she adds a lot of depth by tackling a more serious matter as well.

    How long do you have to remain trapped in the situation you are in now? Isn’t it time to take your life in your own hands and do something about it? But are you prepared to conquer the consequences? Are you strong enough to face them?

    It’s so much easier to battle when you have the support of friends and a godfather of the fairy kind. But when it seems he has his own problems to deal with it’s time to return the favour. 🙂

    It was also interesting to get a peek into the buzzy live of some little flying insects.

    This book is about letting go, taking control of your life, friendship and love. 4 stars.

    Thank you, Emma Davies, Bookouture and Netgalley.

  • Toya

    This was my first foray into Emma Davies writing, and it most certainly will not be my last. She was able to spin a beautifully written love story amongst the gorgeous back drop of Hope Corner.

    When Amos first showed up unexpectedly to Hope Corner, I was immediately drawn to his quiet and brooding character. He didn't offer up much to his story at first, so I knew with time, all things would be revealed. Amos seemed to also have the innate ability to always be in the right place at the right tim

    This was my first foray into Emma Davies writing, and it most certainly will not be my last. She was able to spin a beautifully written love story amongst the gorgeous back drop of Hope Corner.

    When Amos first showed up unexpectedly to Hope Corner, I was immediately drawn to his quiet and brooding character. He didn't offer up much to his story at first, so I knew with time, all things would be revealed. Amos seemed to also have the innate ability to always be in the right place at the right time, which is exactly what Flora and her family (including Grace) needed.

    I couldn't help but feel sorry for Grace because her husband Paul really was a piece of work. Following his incessant extramarital affairs and the constant fear of being around him, Grace decides to ask for a divorce with the stipulation that she is going her beloved cottage that has become her sanctuary with its gorgeous flowers and bees.

    Of course Paul could careless about Grace's feelings and wants to sell the cottage anyways. He finally comes to a compromise of sorts and decides to make a game out of the scenario. If Grace can host an exclusive business party at the cottage and win him the contract with these clients, the cottage would be hers. Grace enlists the help of Amos, Flora, and Ned to ensure that the cottage will be spectacular. It's during that this time that Grace truly understands what is most important to her.

    This is one of those books that makes you want to curl up on the couch with an oversized blanket and a cup of hot tea while being embraced in the warmth and love this book has to offer.

    Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  • Berit☀️✨

    Emma Davies Rights such engaging stories full of so much charm and whimsy. This book is a follow-up to “The House on Hope Corner”, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone. It was so fun to revisit Flora, Ned, Fraser, and Hannah. It was so lovely to see that all the flowers are blooming at Hope Blooms Farm. In this story we get to know there beekeeping neighbor Grace and a newcomer Amos. Such a beautiful story full of friendship and hope with a sprinkling of romance. The bees play a smal

    Emma Davies Rights such engaging stories full of so much charm and whimsy. This book is a follow-up to “The House on Hope Corner”, but it could absolutely be read as a standalone. It was so fun to revisit Flora, Ned, Fraser, and Hannah. It was so lovely to see that all the flowers are blooming at Hope Blooms Farm. In this story we get to know there beekeeping neighbor Grace and a newcomer Amos. Such a beautiful story full of friendship and hope with a sprinkling of romance. The bees play a small but mighty part in the story and I have to admit they are an interesting creature that I enjoyed learning about.

    Grace has finally decided to leave her philandering famous husband Paul. Paul is not handling it very well and threatens to take away her beloved cottage. Grace will do just about anything to hold onto her home, this leads to some scheming and a questionable deal with Paul. Grace was such a great character I loved her friendship with her neighbors and her interactions with Amos. Amos was a bit of a mystery and I could not help but wonder what he was running from. Emma Davies descriptive writing really brought these characters, the setting, and the story to life. I surely hope there is another story involving this wonderful cast of characters.

    *** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

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