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Escape to Giddywell Grange

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Redundant. Ten years of her life. Over.

That is pretty much how Maddy Young feels. It is all over. Great job, apartment, company car. Gone. She also lost the man in her life due to a breakup.

Maddy has an opportunity to help her friend Beth. No time like the present. Beth is about to undergo an operation and will be out of commission for a while. She owns Growlers, a doggy day-care, and she does other community activities. Maddy takes over for Beth. Gone are the high-powered clothes, the perfect hair and nails. She is now deep in doggy-doo. But, it turns out to be so much more.

For one thing, Maddy becomes very involved with the community in Giddywell Grange. She meets wonderful people she never would have met before. She finds a connection with others that is more precious than just about any experience she has ever had.

One special thing in Maddy's life, is Beth's brother Alex. He is also in town, and he and Maddy have something between them. However, Maddy's ex comes calling and wants a second chance. Along the way, Maddy has Beth and her uncle to help her, and they prove invaluable to her. What is more is now that she is not working 24/7, she gets to spend time with her mother, and this is something that she thought might never happen.

What a touching story. My heart broke more than once when I realized just how much Maddy and Alex were drawn to one another. The hesitancy they experienced worked well to draw out the drama in this story. All I wanted for Maddy was to find happiness. Her road to happiness was paved with so many beautiful things, despite the conflicts that occurred. Kim Nash is a delightful storyteller. And that, folks, makes me quite a happy reader.

Many thanks to Hera Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.
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Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read this book.

This was the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be my last.

Maddy gets made redundant from her high powered job in PR and doesn’t know what to do with herself.  Her best friend Beth asks her to help out at her boarding kennels whilst she recuperates following an operation.  

Good easy read, I hope Kim writes a sequel.
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I’ve never read a book by Kim Nash so was looking forward to reading this. It’s always great when you discover a new author that you like and I really like Kim’s way of telling a story. Will certainly be recommending this as a good read to the patrons in my library.
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It's not my usual genre but I requested it for a change and it's a light hearted enjoyable read that proves exactly what my parents told me years ago, always come home when life goes wrong. Maddy loses her dream job that she has worked hard for since leaving her old life behind and returns home to discover that being made redundant was the best thing to happen, she reconnects with family and old friends, makes new ones and best of all, she finds her true value in life. I was given given this to read in exchange for my honest opinion and I would like to thank the publishers and netgalley for letting me have the book to review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own views and are completely unbiased.
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This was my first book by Kim Nash, but it won’t be the last. I am hoping there will be a second in this series.  The story line was so seamless and lovely. You fall in love with the characters so quickly and easily.  This book just makes you happy.
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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher.  This is a real summer read.  I absolutely loved this book and rang a lot of bells for me - life is more important than work,  its realizing it.
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This is the first book that I have read by Kim Nash. I was offered an early preview copy from Netgalley and the Publisher, and decided to read it, as I loved the cover.
The story features on Maddy, as she becomes redundant at the age of 37, and finds that she doesn't recognise the person that she has become. Work has been the entire focus of her life, and she doesn't know what to do now she no longer has a job.
Her childhood friend Beth asks her to help out at Giddywell Grange while she recuperates from an operation, and she soon finds herself helping out with tasks that she never imagined herself doing.
I really loved this book, it was well written, and the storyline flowed well. I really enjoyed reading it.
I liked the characters, and it was good to read about Maddy's experiences.
The book is an easy feel good read. I would love to have a sequel to this book.
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A really lovely feel good story. That will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Really lovely. I loved the characters and the story and would really like a second one in the seies.
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Maddy has been brought up by her single mum but along with her best friend Beth and Beth’s brother Alex and their parents she has always felt loved and supported. So when Maddy is made redundant Beth offers her the chance to help out on the family farm ,due to Beth having surgery on her knee which means she will be out of action for a while Alex comes back from America to help and Maddy remembers how much she has always loved him even if he doesn’t feel the same way .
Maddy begins to realise that working constantly has meant that she has neglected all those she holds dear . And when her ex turns up with a job offer and proposal she is not sure what to do !

Please Kim write a follow up with Beth and Dan
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I loved this story!

It was an uplifting read and truly heart-warming.

It was a lovely story that was extremely well written. The characters were perfectly developed and I loved their interaction. The plot was lovely and Kim has captured the highs and lows of life perfectly.

I can’t wait to see what she releases next – 5 stars from me!!
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This is the first book I have read by this author and it was the cover and title that drew me to this book . I’m so glad I did as I just loved it . A lovely read with some great characters .
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Thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for letting me read this fabulous book.
I loved Amazing Grace, and this is equally fantastic.
So many thought-provoking moments whilst reading this, especially telling people 'I can't stop long' when visiting them.....something I need to stop doing right now. It gave me tears and goosebumps.
I totally related to so many things, (even going for a wee while the kettle boils, so as not to waste time!!) 
It is a funny, romantic and emotional read and I can’t recommend it enough.
Will blog my full review on publication day.
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Oh I loved this from the start- a real pick me up of turning life around and finding it’s real values. Madison is a highly successful woman in a PR and marketing firm. When the operations director takes some time out Madison finds the rumours are that she is to take her place. When the monday morning meeting that she has been looking forward to takes a rather different direction Maddy is left on her heels and totally bewildered. Work has been her whole life to the point of all else. Beth is her life long friend who runs “Growlers at the Grange” (I did smile at that!) who is rather different to Maddy in that she tries to put something back. (I filled up at Ron & Lettie). A book about life and its ups and downs and that material things don’t always give the greatest reward. Being a part of something small can make a greater world for those involved. A wonderful plot, brilliant characters  and a little humour and romance make this a perfect uplifting read. Kim you have a talent and I very much look forward to your next book . 5* all the way
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Maddy’s job means everything to her, she’s sacrificed friends and family to rise in the ranks and when her boss calls her into to office she’s sure she’s being promoted. Finally, her sacrifices will pay off. Instead, Maddy is let go. Now her life has no purpose. That’s when her old buddy Beth comes calling. Beth runs a doggy day care and before she knows it Maddy is walking dogs, volunteering in the library and reading to elderly residents. She starts to see other reasons to get up every morning and when Beth’s handsome brother comes home. Maybe there’s life after job loss after all
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We first meet Maddy when her life is about to be turned upside down. My heart went out to this woman I had only just met but yet already, I felt connected to her on so many levels.

The author has yet again created a protagonist that many women will be able to relate to. Life is always full of uncertainties and luckily for Maddy, life gives her a glimpse of what life is like away from a demanding career.

There are more than a few laugh out loud moments in this novel. It was great to see Maddy being pushed out of her comfort zone in so many ways. Rediscovering things about herself that she had no longer had the time to do as well as discovering things she hadn’t realised she was capable of. All in all it makes for a compulsive read that I struggled to tear myself away from.

The writing feels effortless and with every page it kept me wanting more. There’s just something warm and cosy that emanates throughout this book and was somewhere that I couldn’t wait to escape back to.

Escape To Giddywell Grange was a heartwarming, feel good fun read that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. A wonderful blend of romance, friendship, relationships as well as following your heart. Another truly fabulous read by the author and can’t wait to see what she brings to us next.
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I loved the first 90% of this book. It is well written and flows smoothly. I felt involved and attached to the characters right from the start.

I particularly liked that there is a young disabled person, not just old ones. I was so pleased to see ME mentioned and NOT portrayed as false! I have this disease myself and know how debilitating it can be.

Sadly, for me, it was let down by the last 10% of the book. It didn’t feel like Madison made the decision about her future, it felt like she just drifted into it after a certain person didn’t listen to what she wanted. I thought after all her earlier realisations about what made her happy, she’d actually CHOOSE those things. I felt disappointed in her. I also didn’t really feel the romance between her and Alex, she just decided the boat she’d picked wasn’t okay and leapt into another.

I also didn’t really like Theo, I felt really sorry for his wife, not only does she have ME and depression, and then find out she’s dying, but also her husband cheats on her. I found it really unsatisfying that Josie took him back.

However, I know that cheating isn’t the absolute dealbreaker for everyone that it is for me. The first 90% of this book is really excellent, and it’s just that the last 10% felt very abrupt and didn’t sit well with me. So I would recommend it to anyone looking for a well written self-discovery book, with a little romance, who doesn’t find cheating unforgivable.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Even better than Amazing Grace which was  Kim’s first novel.  Loved the characters and story line.. Another feel good, cosy read that made me want to give up my life and open a dog boarding kennels.  This book gave me a lovely warm hug!  Highly recommended.
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What an utterly wonderful story. I fell in love with all the characters straight away.

Beautifully written and heartwarming I read this all in one go rather than go to Tesco.

I would love a Baxter of my own (I did picture Roni on his back though I must say when reading about him asleep).
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This was a nice story about a woman that receives a do-over at life, love, and happiness. Although a sweet story, I struggled to get through the bulk of it. There were a great number of inconsistencies with story arcs that were introduced but never resolved—they simply faded away (Alice, Grace, Stuart). The entire thread regarding Alex, Maddy's love interest, seemed to be an afterthought. I never really got their connection and the big proclamation came out of nowhere. Along that thought, Jamie's coup de grâce at the office was a bit melodramatic. Finally, the conflict and resolution with Maddy's father was abrupt and jarring. I liked the story—good writing and clean prose—I would have just preferred that it was packaged differently.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and Kim Nash for an ARC of 'Escape to Giddywell Grange' in exchange for an honest review.
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Wow, just Wow! After reading Amazing Grace I was so excited to read Escape to Giddywell Grange. What an absolute delight of a book! Kim Nash has a superb writing style and her characters and the part they play in the story are outstanding. Even the smallest of characters brings something special to the book. This truly is a uplifting story about people, things and even dogs coming into your life at just the right time and just when you need them.
I absolutely flew through this book, I haven't been able to put it down all day, reading at every opportunity I have had. Kim Nash pulled me into Maddy's world and I didn't want to leave. This is an absolute must read!
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