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Escape to Giddywell Grange

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Another beautifully written book from Kim Nash that is a wonderful follow up to her equally wonder first book.

I really enjoy how the author makes characters come alive and almost feel like your friends.

I can't wait for her next one!

Highly recommended.
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Career-driven, city-girl Maddy, gets a reality kick-butting when instead of the promotion she was certain to get, ends up losing her prized position. 

Now what?

Needing to heal some ex-boyfriend wounds and tend to hurt pride, Maddy decides to head back home and escapes to Giddywell Grange.

Comforted by the slower pace of life, Maddy reconnects with her childhood friend Beth. When Beth asks Maddy for help with her doggy daycare Growlers, Maddy agrees. Suddenly all-in, Maddy comes to love the daily routine and opens herself up to other needs in her community - even volunteering at the library. 

Although somewhat unsure of it at first, Maddy falls fast for life in Giddywell Grange and its delightful charm and harmonious lifestyle.

When Maddy meets up with Beth’s brother Alex, she is reminded of the easy rapport they always shared. Maddy’s youthful crush on Alex can easily rekindle old feelings but she has to watch out for her heart as he is already in a relationship.

Out of the blue, her ex offers her a prime job and the chance to return to her posh way of life.  Sorely tempted yet more than a little skeptical, Maddy has to decide out what she is going to do.

Maddy is a tremendously relatable character: real, insecure, warm, funny - the kind of friend anyone would love to have. Nash has done a wonderful job with all her characters by weaving their lives beautifully into the engaging storylines. 

A hands-down, delightful read. Highly and heartily recommended. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Hera Books, for the read of Kim Nash’s, Escape to Giddywell Grange.

Opinions expressed are my own.
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I started this book before I read Kim’s post about her inspiration to the book, but I hadn’t quite finished the book. When I went back to the book I had fresh eyes and to be honest it made it all a bit more emosh for me! I finished the book and messaged Kim, and just said you made me cry again! This book is most definitely a book about finding yourself again and finding your place again, something I need to do now and again, a bit of mindfulness.


Maddy, she is just such a lovely character. She has so much love to give but heartache drove her to consume her whole life with work. Then one day work isn’t there anymore and we watch her pick up the pieces. We see at the beginning, her best friend Beth, pushing her out into the community and mucking in at Growlers, the dog home. Seeing her branch out into an allotment. The final third is when her past catches up with her and how she copes with it.

It is hard for Maddy as she has to come to terms with the fact she’s not been there for people, she’s been a bit snotty and she sees people like a bit of a burden. But at the same time, she is wholesome and she wants to do right again that you find it hard not to be mad with her. She was just coping with life and everyone copes differently.

I must admit in the final 3rd of the book I was shouting at Maddy a bit because I became increasingly concerned with her decision making and felt quite frankly I should be in charge, not that it was going to happen, but she pulled through at the final hurdle and all is at peace with the world.

It was the ending that got me. I won’t say why or how, but for me it was beautiful and it happened exactly the way I wanted it too. I closed the kindle with a smile on my face and maybe a few tears down my face…but mainly the smile!!!

I absolutely adored Amazing Grace (which you can check my review out on Anniversary day!) and for the “tough” second novel, Kim has smashed it. I just want to know when I can read another book by her! Knowing that this is partially based on facts, I want to know which bits!! It adds an extra layer to the story and makes it that bit more special for me as a reader. I adored it!
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dog’s life is just what Maddy needs

Maddy Young thought she had it all.

Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.

Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.

Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.

Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.  Maddy finds herself kneedeep in dogs as Beth has to recuperate from an operation and we follow Maddy's story as she realises that there is an alternative lifestyle that doesnt have to include Prada Handbags!  Thoroughly entertaining, full of love and laughter!  Many thanks to netgalley for an arc in return for my honest opionion!  Highly recommended.
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I very much enjoyed this book, and was hooked from the first page. I thought the story was well-written, and the characters were realistic. I particularly liked Madison and her amazing bestie, Beth, who seems to understand what Madison needs better than she does herself. 

Other main characters include Beth's brother Alex. From the first mention of Alex, I wanted him and Madison to realise their love for each other. Baxter the dog is also a great little character, telling us without words who can be trusted and who can't. And that brings me to Jamie - he made my flesh creep, so the least said about him, the better!

Madison thinks she has it all: a great career with the chance of a great promotion, and the lifestyle to go with it. She works continuously, in the office and at home to make sure she is giving her absolute all to the company. She has friends at work but has let other friendships slide. She is close to her mother, but over time her mother has featured less in her life because work is more important. Her mother has picked up on this and phones her less, and makes fewer demands on her time. Madison lives to work.

That is until the day she arrives at work expecting a promotion but finds herself made redundant instead. She cannot believe this is happening to her. She has given her entire self to the company. She must now find a comparable position to maintain her lifestyle. Her redundancy won't last forever, so she applies for a couple of less-than-suitable jobs, and when nothing works out there, her friend Beth suggests a temporary arrangement which would benefit them both - working at Growlers, Beth's kennel at Giddywell Grange.

As well as working in the kennel, Beth gives Madison little tasks which involve helping others in the local community. Initially Madison sees these tasks as nothing more than a list of things to do, but realising how valuable her contributions are to the people on that list, and deriving an unexpected joy from helping others, she is soon reevaluating her life.

Does she really need an all-consuming career which leaves her with nothing outside of work? No holidays; no social life; no partner; no children...

This is one of those novels that is not only an interesting and engaging as a story, but one which made me pause for thought. I particularly liked the pay-it-forward aspect, and the resulting good karma it returned to Madison.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is an engaging, amusing and thought-provoking story that I would wholeheartedly recommend.
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This book was a brilliant read and one that is perfect to escape for a few hours and loose yourself.
A great read.
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You’ll remember I read and loved Amazing Grace by the lovely Kim Nash, and was thrilled that there was a new author of heart-warming reads in the house. And with this, her second book, again I was not disappointed.

We meet Maddy, euphoric, buoyant and starry-eyed as she awaits news of a possible promotion. I’ve been here before in Rom com land, but very rarely with a character who was so so sure and, when the inevitable happened, I was gutted for her. This led into a part of a book that brought so many emotions forward as she recounted a number of regrets that have regularly visited me, that of not seeing family and friends enough. There was also the regret of never having to be able to get a dog and I, being the immature sod that I am, spent most of the book screaming at her ‘just get a dog!!’

This was a book of change, choc full of Maddy seeing what life was like when you were living it, meeting and talking to people, helping out and doing good deeds. With this came so many mottos and advice and I relished it all and even wrote down a few nuggets. I loved Maddy’s journey, although I had to slide my feet into her shoes to empathise with her in the man department especially after tweaking my own ideals to understand her obsession with work!! The dogs of course, made the book and helped me sail through this feel-good, heart warming, joyous read and I’d have taken even more doggy antics and love and read on and on! So enjoyable and recommended and thanks to Hera books  for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:4.5/5
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I really enjoyed this warm, upbeat book that features main character Maddy, a high flying workaholic with the lifestyle to go with it. When she is unexpectedly made redundant she has to dig deep and re-evaluate her whole life.

Helped by best friend Beth she finds herself wearing dungarees, cleaning kennels and visiting members of the community. Beth needs help at her doggy daycare business and Maddy has plenty of hours to fill, so she steps in and finds that she doesn’t miss the corporate lifestyle one bit.

There are a host of wonderful, warm characters all with wonderful stories to share. Of course, there are plenty of dogs, especially Baxter who just stole my heart. I found Maddy really likable and had my fingers crossed that she would find the romance she deserves. The story was inspiring, relatable and hard to put down.
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This story is about Maddy who was striving to be financially rich, working hard but abandoning her true friends and leisure in the process. It is only after a personal tragedy and being made redundant that she starts to reevaluate her lifestyle and choices, reconnecting with her best childhood friend, Beth, and actually being willing to share time with her Mum.

When her best friend has to have an operation that will leave her unable to run Growlers, her doggy daycare centre, Maddy offers to help cover for her, not realising just how many things Beth is involved with in the community. This story shares her experiences in a moving and, at times, hilarious way. She is faced with new opportunities, time to connect with others in a meaningful rather than superficial way and lots of choices. It is a time for deliberation, contemplation, adventure and fun.

The author is brilliant at bringing her characters to life and making them feel like friends sharing their experiences, hopes, fears and love in this moving story. It is also a heartwarming story of second chances, of love lost and found, secrets and surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and didn’t want to put it down. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it and hope to read more by this highly talented author in future.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. this was sweet, heartwarming and just a breath of fresh air. I loe it and I will try to read all of this author's books now. Great book, thoroughly recommended!
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Firstly what a great book, when I had finished it left me feeling all warm inside with a smile on my face. Well done Kim Nash I haven't read any of your books but I'm sure going to look them out now.

After working hard and giving her life for 12 years in a PR company Maddie has been asked into her manager's office, convinced her hard work is about to pay off and she will get the promotion she has been working toward, she is sorely disappointed when in fact she is made redundant.   
She makes her way home to work out what her next step will be. 
As she enters the house she hears noises and going upstairs to investigate finds her boyfriend Jamie in their bed bonking another woman. Distraught she seeks out her lifelong friend Beth, who runs Doggy daycare from her home in Giddywell grange with her father who Maddie calls uncle Tom and Alex, Beth's brother who is over from America to help out as Beth is on the verge of having a knee op and will be off her feet for quite a long time.

After sobbing and bearing her soul to Beth she is asked a big favour to run Doggy daycare and help out at the grange whilst Beth is off her feet. At first, Maddie is horrified, she is used to the high life, smart cars, posh hotels, fabulous holidays and designer clothes.  This work is so polar opposite, wellies, mud and dogs.  
And this is where the lovely story takes off, it has some lovely warm characters within it , that will make you smile with warmth and some frustrations with the secrets they hold.
This is a book for any time of year but winter curled up in a chair with a blanket warm & cosy is perfect. Enjoy!!
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book xxx
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Nice feel good book. It flowed very well. was easy to read. Nice characters. Good storyline. What’s not to love.
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I read Amazing Grace by this author and really enjoyed it. This was just as good, there were some lovely characters and the plot was very sweet. A very good read.
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Oh…My…God! I absolutely LOVED this book from the very first page to the very last one. When Maddy loses her job suddenly following a split with her boyfriend she returns home to stay with her Mum and get herself together. It’s a story that will probably resonate with people and really highlights how much Maddy has missed out on while she juggles work and the day to day things that bog us down. Once she has returned home she really makes the effort to reinforce her friendship with Beth who she has known since she was a young girl. But like other areas of her life, her long term friendships also suffered s we see her take the opportunity to reignite her friendship.

I loved all the characters that popped up in this book as well as falling in love with her life at Giddywell Grange (including all the pooches). The writing was effortless and the story flowed so well the pages just drifted by and before I knew it, I was finished and left feeling a little bereft. I really enjoyed Kim’s last book but fell head over heels in love with this latest. I literally cannot wait for her next release!
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This is the second book i’ve read by Kim Nash and i absolutely loved it. 
The book made me laugh out loud at times and cry at other times. 
Highly recommend this book to others when you want a light hearted read 📚📖
Can’t wait to read the third book 📚 😊
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I do think this is a delightful book and totally understand why everyone is raving about this book, but I could not finish partly because of my reading slump and partly because of me not in the right frame of mind for this book. 

In addition to that, the hard lessons Maddy has been learning since she was made redundant such as how negligent she has become and how she didn't even feel compunction to cut out others - even her own mum and her best friend keep coming back literally EVERY SINGLE PAGE.  The first couple of times were okay because Maddy was in fact, quite dismissive and negligent but it started to feel a bit repetitive and preachy as though this book was trying all its might to convey the message. 

Again, it doesn't seem like I was not in the right frame of mind for this book and I know I'm an unpopular opinion. 
I am terribly sorry and I still am grateful for the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. I will come back to this book once I'm out of the slump.
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This was such a fun and entertaining read! The author has an eye for life as we are living it right this minute.  I loved the memorable characters who reveal themselves in juicy dialogue and smart talking commentary. 
Many thanks to Hera Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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5☆ A Heart Warming, Feel Good, Rom Com, I Highly Recommend 

Escape to Giddywell Grange is such a heart warming, feel good, entertaining, story with the added bonus of some adorable Fur Babies! Which is always a winner for me!

I firstly have to mention just how much I Adore the book cover.

Maddy is having a run of bad luck when she shockingly is made redundant when she least expected it. 
After assuming she was going to get the promotion she so deserved!

So when her best friend Beth asks her to help out at Growlers, her Doggie Day Care Centre she decides a change might just be what she needs.
So she sets off to Giddywell Grange.

But Maddy's new adventure isn't going to be easy as a blast from her past rocks up and a potential new romance is on the horizon. But can Maddy stay strong and follow her heart.

There is a wonderful sense of community spirit throughout Giddywell Grange and it was so lovely seeing Maddy grow whilst she's there and slot back in and help the community.

I really liked Maddy she's strong, her character is relatable and watching her grow in confidence and taking on new challenges was a delight and her character quickly became like a friend which I loved.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is a heart warming story of self discovery, new beginnings, trying new things, making friends, romance, the highs and lows, starting over, plenty of laugh out loud moments, and of course some adorable Fur Babies!

Once again Kim Nash has written a Gem of a book with superb characters and a beautiful storyline that will Touch your heart and keep you turning the pages.
I can't wait for her next book!

Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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In this warm and endearing read, you get to follow Maddy's transition from her career driven existence, as she learns what actually makes her happy in life. It takes her by surprise, somewhat, but she is a believeable and likeable character who is not afraid to admit that she may have been going up the wrong path.

    A strength of the writing is the cast of characters who are part of her life, especially Beth who enables her to take on a new perspective on life. Maddy's past has influenced how she reacts to people she meets and it is quite a shock to her to realise how few actual friends she had in her work-driven life. 

    There are plenty of slow burn plot lines simmering under the surface. The meat of the story centres on Maddy's development but you glimpse the person she may become in her dealings with the people she meets in the village. Taking a chance and savouring each moment for what it is are major themes behind the story, as is how you measure success. Is it in material terms or in simpler pleasures? Friends and family are shown to be key to Maddy's happiness. With a fluent writing style and excellent pacing, this is a lovely read, which leaves you with a smile on your face.

In short: Thoughtful, inspiring themes underpin a great romance.
Thanks to the author for a copy of the book.
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I love Blog Tours , For Such Great Books . Every Blog Tour I participated in Made me discover Fabulous books and Brilliant Authors .
After a series of Disappointing books , I’ve read lately . Escape To Giddywell Grange was a lifesaver , Literally , It saved me from going in a read slump , which for me Equal death 😛 .
Author Kim Nash  IS amazing , her way of writing funny , sweet yet deep books surprised me , because I Loved her writing Style is AWESOME . ❤ ❤ I loved the characters , Especially Baxter , he was such a super cute dog ❤ The storyline wasn’t new , it was Predictable , But for me , Nash writing style and Funny Words made all the difference .
If you are looking for a fun , romantic , simple and really entertaining read , Escape To Giddywell Grange by Author Kim Nash is the answer .
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