The Stationmaster's Cottage

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 03 Jan 2019

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An beautiful page-turning story that will melt your heart. I loved everything about it and would highly recommend.
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This time-slip novel is so interesting.  It tells of love both old and new, secrets both old and new.  I really like the writing style and the characters development and recommend it .  Thank you netgalley for the gift of the arc, the opinions are my own.
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Beautifully written.Christie's character was very convincing. All the interactions between Christie and Ryan were very beautiful..
 I loved the characters,story, writing absolutely everything about it.
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If you enjoy Kate Morton books, The Stationmaster's Cottage is the book for you. A lovely time-slip novel. 

Many thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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Filled with conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, The Stationmasters Cottage  is a highly interesting story of old family secrets , old love and new love. That will have the pages turning late into the night.
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Thank you to Net Galley and Kobo Writing Life for the chance to read and review this book! I enjoyed it! This is a  Christie Ryan Romance Mystery. This is the first in the series.. When her Gran dies, she leaves Christie an abandoned cottage. Christie thinks about selling it, but she makes some exciting discoveries in the attic. She finds a stack of unopened letters and some wedding rings. This is a very engaging story of how she solves the mystery of a long ago love story connected to these items. I really liked it, and plan to read the other books in this series!
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Long lost family members and the stories they can tell, we sometimes forget that our ancestors lived, loved and lost. Finding these stories help us to keep the past alive but able to grow and see the bigger picture on family.
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An interesting story dealing with estranged family and secrets kept. Great character development. Dealing with settling for or developing true love. You'll love learning the history also.
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Two generations, two love stories.
 
Christie Ryan was just back from work, getting ready for a get away with her Fiancée - literately at the door waiting for the cab - when she receives a awful news. Her Gran has passed away, her funeral on the next day back in her hometown, one of her last wishes having her granddaughter there.

While Derek - her really nice (can you hear my sarcasm over this words?) decides they really should ignore it and go to their vacation, she goes alone on the small town of River's End to attend the funeral. Feeling that even if Mrs. Dorothy Ryan was cold to her growing up, that her Gran did love her in her way.

There, she starts discovering mystery after mystery of her gran past.

Left with a old cottage from her Gran's will, she finds a old beautiful painting, and also lots of letters sent to her apparent great-aunt. Martha Ryan, by someone named Thomas that apparently loved her very much.

As she goes about the letters, discovering a love that sounds so true, she goes on finding about herself, her gran's past, as well as more about the city. Since apparently, Ryan wasn't a surname that was very welcome back in old River's End. Especially for one artist named Martin that Christie just can't understand why dislikes her so! 

And of course, with such love and despair coming from few letters, she can't stop thinking about her fiance, and how their relationship started and is on the moment as of now. Will Derek ever love her like Thomas loved Martha?

The quick travel that was supposed to be just a day for the funeral, transforms into a search for her great-aunt Martha, and a search for the result of the love story that was Thomas and Martha. As well as what did her Gran want for her to discover by giving her the cottage with so many story behind. 

I loved Phillipa's writing, the way she constructed the world, the plot behind the story of Christie with Derek, Martin, Dorothy and all of River's End. Her job with the make up? Beautiful! Her chemistry with all the characters, even the one that don't like her was just beautifully written! And so smooth I just wanted to devour the book without a break to get to the end of the mystery! Now that I finished, I need to read the other books on the series to get more of the love story between this two generations of the Ryan family! 

I recommend to those that love a nice romance and mystery mixed together! 

Thanks Netgalley and Kobo Writing Life for the chance of reading this book in exchange of a honest review!
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The Stationmaster's Cottage  was a sweet tale, a good change of pace feel-good story peopled with understandable protagonists and an interesting backstory, taking place in a part of Australia we don't often read much about. I look for this type of story this time of the year, with life geared up to frantic these few days before Christmas.  Phillipa Nefri Clark is an author to watch for.     

I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley Phillipa Nefri Clark, and Amazon Digital Services in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
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Two love stories generations apart.
I love time slip novels and this book did not disappoint.
If you are fans of Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley then i think you will enjoy this book.
The cover drew me immediately to this book, an old scroll, ribbon interlacing rings, a key and an old photo – were all elements that told a story of its own.
I was a little disheartened with the start of the book and struggled to get into the story but I can promise you, perseverance is vital.
And once you have connected with this book you will not want to put it down. The writing completely immerses you into the story and the rest of the world fades into the background and the book takes over.
Christie Ryan is a successful makeup artist whose love life is on the rocks so her fiance Derek plans a romantic getaway for them in the hopes of reconnecting them both and some well needed time together.
Unfortunately Christie’s grandmother dies unexpectedly and even though she has been estranged from her grandmother she decides to attend the funeral whilst Derek goes ahead to their holiday destination Lizard Island.
When Christie arrives in River’s End she finds that her estranged Grandmother left her a cottage, and the mystery surrounding the cottage.
She discovers an old painting and a bundle of old love letters that draw her into the heart wrenching world of Thomas and Martha in a fifty-year-old mystery. They set Christie off on a journey into the past, revealing much about her grandmother, great-aunt and a mysterious man named Thomas Blake.
She soon enlists the help of a local artist, Martin Blake, a local resident and relative of Thomas Blake. The cottage has many secrets to share but some secrets don’t want to be shared.
Tied to Christie’s story is her great-aunt Martha’s story which takes us back in time and reveals a tragic past, defined by misunderstanding and unfortunately matters left unsaid, leaving a trail of broken hearts that reverberates across the decades..
Heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure this book is an emotional rollercoaster that had me in tears.
This book is simply beautiful and i can not recommend this book highly enough and it will be a book i will read again.

If you love romance books with mystery entwined you need to read this book. Breathtaking, heart wrenching, beautiful book spanning over 5 generations.

Read this book, you won’t regret it!  Congratulations Phillipa Nefri Clark on this book and I can’t wait to read your next book 🙂
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