Fly Me to Moongate Manor
A heartwarming novel of friendship, romance and second chances!
by Kate Forster
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Pub Date 13 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2023
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Amanda Cox is living in New York with a non-committal boyfriend and a student loan that threatens to crush her. That is, until she enters a raffle for a manor house in the British countryside of Northumberland – and wins...
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'This beautifully descriptive and touching story about love and hope is fabulous sunshine reading' Closer
'A lovely get-away-from-it-all read' Red
'LOVED this book. From the cover you might assume it's a light read but this was so much more. Such meaningful characters surrounding a story of life, love, and starting over. Definitely a keeper!' NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'This is a keeper and I wish I could give it 10 stars' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'An uplifting, delightful story, this one is emotional, it'll have you laughing and crying, but the overall theme for me was hope, self forgiveness and love, you will be smiling at the end' NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'I didn't want the story to come to an end, because it was just so lovely. This is the perfect antidote to the world outside right now' Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Fast becoming a favourite author. I've read and enjoyed all her books so far. Loved this one too. I read it in one sitting. Fab story and great characters.
A sweet and funny story . Few days after her mothers death Amanda she is jobless and is evicted from her apartment and she discovers she won a house in England . With nothing to lose she goes to her new house near Newcastle . It a manor but she will have to take care of the garden . The owner of the manor is a older lady Diana who can't take care of the manor anymore so from now she will live in the gatehouse . While passing by the manor with his motorbile Simon he stops to look at the most beautiful manor he ever saw . The owner ask him to be her garderner for the next three months and he accepts . When Amanda arrives she is becoming friends with Diana and Simon . Together the young people try to fix the garden and ask the help of the village gardening club .
While working on the garden and also on their personal problems they come close and love finds them .
I just Loved the connection between Diana and Amanda .
I received this book from netgalley and the publicer as an ARC . Thank you . All thoughts and opinions are my own .
I would love to be flown to Moongate Manor!. Loved, loved, loved this book and I can't put on finger on why.
In a small English town Amanda finds her roots, both literally and figuratively. A community comes together to restore a garden, new friendships are created and there a small bit of romance in the air. just enough to make life interesting.
I'm so glad I read this in the dead of winter because I was getting the gardening bug and I don't garden! .
This is a sweet story about Amanda, Simon, and Diana who all have experienced lost and grief, who decide to start over and find love and happiness along the way. It basically tells three stories that come together in the end. I just loved the connection between Diana and Amanda. Together they try to fix the garden and ask the help of the village gardening club.
Thank you to the publisher, the author, and NetGalley for this Arc in exchange for my honest review.
This book has three points of view: Amanda, Simon and Diana. Amanda Cox is a New Yorker who wins a beautiful country house in Britain in a raffle. She finds out while cleaning out her house after the death of her mum and being sacked from her job. ‘What have you got to lose?’ asks her friend, so after some convincing she takes the plane to Great Britain.
Simon in the meantime is escaping his own horrors by traveling the country on a motorcycle after he finds out on his wedding day that his fiancée had an affair with his best friend and business partner. So of course he’s very angry and feels stupid for being duped by them both. Diana hired him as a gardener.
Diana is the elderly lady who used to own the house but decided to give up her house.
The book continues to jump from the present (Amanda, Simon) to the past (Diana in her teens), so it basically tells three stories, that all come together in the end. I guessed the reason for the addition Diana’s history pretty early on, and although some might find that it slowed down the story of Amanda and Simon, it adds another level to the book that most will find beautiful.
This is a lovely story about three people who all have lost someone, are hurt, but decide to start over and find love and happiness along the way.
I received and reviewed an advanced copy of this book and I am grateful for this opportunity. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This was a cute second chance book. I really liked the main character and she gets this beautiful place in moongate manor with a garden, this guy comes along and is looking for a job so he becomes the gardener he has his own issues with his ex girlfriend he wants a fresh start so he goes to moongate manor as a gardener there. and there was mystery to it about diana. I loved diana and amanda, also how others come to help in this story. I recieved this book as a netgalley arc!
This is a lovely gentle read based around friends, family, a lovely house and garden. A slow burning romance with a back story full of twists and turns in a delightful setting. Kate Forster at her best.
This is one of those sad but happy love stories. Told between three people. It worked well and the garden descriptions were lovely. The cruelty in 60’s over unmarried mothers is/was amazing. Even though I guessed what the outcome would be I loved it. A great read and ace ending
Moongate Manor manages to be a destination for bruised hearts and tired and hurt souls. Amanda is swept up and embraced by the local community and working in the garden gives her energy and purpose. There is clever story weaving as we feel for and fall for Amanda, Diana and Simon. A gentle, reassuring read.
Sweet story about finding your people, who may or may not be your blood family. Sometimes losing people and "things" can help you find the things and people you need in life. I really enjoyed how the three separate character's stories tied together.
Thank you Netgalley and Arias & Aries for the ARC!
Emotional and heartfelt!
I have read a few Kate Forster's books, probably not as many as I should but hey, I'm slowly working my way through her catalogue. From the first book of hers, I read, I fell in love with her heartfelt and light writing, her books certainly grab hold of you and leave you feeling a whole host of mixed emotions.
This one is no different, from the charming title, and the incredibly pretty cover to the heart-tugging story, this book has it all and I can say this book will appeal to so many readers.
This isn't a rom/com this is what I call a 'proper emotional women fiction', where it's all about relationships and heartbreak, jammed packed full of all the emotions.
I loved the story, the drama the characters. It's got a little bit of a dual timeline element in that with Diana's part, we do slip back twenty years to see her in her teens. Some may think that slows don the story, but I think it enhances the overall story surrounding these people and having Diana's side written in the past answers a lot of the questions which arise through out and yes it also meant that we do guess what is happening, but it all comes together beautifully to create an engaging enjoyable story.
This is all about moving on, each of the characters have gone though heartbreak and this is their story on how they keep going forward.
Overall, a sweet about overcoming hurt, moving forward in life and knowing happiness is out there somewhere if you look hard enough!
This was a lovely read, the descriptions on the house and the gardens were beautiful. Was lovely to see friends and family come together.
Amanda is miserable in NY. Her mother died of cancer, her boyfriend is a cheating jerk and she loses her job. On top of that she is evicted from her apartment. When she gets the news she has won a house in a lottery her mother had signed up for she is excited. Too bad it is in the UK. Taking a chance she heads over to see it, and meets Diana, the previous owner. She also meets Simon who is hired to work the garden over the summer. All three have voices in the story, and all connect towards a HEA. Was it predictable? Yes, but that was fine with me. Enjoyed this one, and would highly recommend it this sweet story. Hard to put down.
Thank you to Aria & Aries and Netgalley for an early review copy in return for an honest review. This is another heartwarming read from Kate Forster, where you can imagine yourself in the garden at Moongate Manor, relaxing in amongst the various plants. I adored the descriptions of the garden, as well as the local village. An enjoyable afternoon read.
Amanda Cox is 26 and still lives in a apartment with mother which is a mess. But her mum has pasted away now so she needs to pack up and find somewhere to live, as she been given an eviction notice.
Lives in Asyoria, Queens US But she has lost her job, and cannot afford to rent an apartment by herself.
Simon Herald lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, four hours drovve Fled Cambridge where his ex girlfriend went to collage. He had been humiliation at his wedding when he found out his partner was having an affair for over a year. She went off with his business partner.
Simon 'born and bread in London'..
'He spent the last few months avoiding people. He rode alone, he lived alone, he worked alone'.
Diana Graybrook-Moore lives in gatehouse instead of the manor house with only 'Trotski' her dog 🐕 to keep her company
Diana POV in the 1960's and has just turned 18, friend Helen. Meets Douglas with his motorbike 🏍 'such an adult decision '
Back to present day and Amanda learns about moongate manor gardens. Paints 🎨 Charlie's?8
Gardening Club, later could they help in the big gardens
Sex with Douglas staying at hotel 🏨. Could talk about their future, however he tells her it's his last night here. He wants to makes one last trip before coming back and starting a life with
Diana pregnant 'Something to love and to love her' ❤ 'she had a purpose now'
Amanda 'Had a feeling that Diana was pushing her and Simon to be more than friends'
'An ally is someone who supports a marginalised community. It could be a person of colour, or someone with a different sexual identity' Amanda tells Diana
Simon left uni early to focus on business
'Wakes up happy every day'.
Not really speaking to his mother, she been speaking too his ex. an the mam she went . oSuch a deep betrayal".
Amanda drawing up spending time with Diana. When up to attic to look at old clothes and jewerelly.
'Life is a big adventure' phrase used repetitively' and in love that moto I think we can all take something from that.
I loved the difference POV and how the book 📖 weaves itself together with the different characteristics and past and present date sit very well together.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a complementary digital copy of this ebook in exchange for a full, frank and honest review. All opinions are completely my own.
What a Magical read this book is, a past secret, a beautiful Manor House and second chances for three people. Yes, there are two time lines but they work beautifully to pull you into the story. This is not just a romantic novel it follows the three main likeable characters who all have back stories and who add to each others lives. I loved this book so much and will be looking for other books by Kate Forster. I like her style of writing and the way she weaves the stories together and would give it more than five stars if I could
Fly me to moongate manor is a wonderfully entrancing tale of three very different lost souls who coincidentally all end up at the magical moongate manor and in doing so become whole again, healed,loved and rejuvenated along with the manor and its wonderful gardens!
Told between the 1960s and the present day we hear Diana’s story a poignant memoir of growing up in an affluent family with many expectations and behaviours to abide by and the long term repercussions of that.
In New York we meet the lovely Amanda who has been sacked from her job after the death of her mother who she nursed to the end,whilst clearing out their home she finds a winning raffle ticket for a house in the UK, with nothing keeping her in New York she flies to London to claim her prize then travels north to claim her house moongate manor having no idea of the history and significance of her win!
Simon a lonely traveller on his trusty motorbike recovering from being jilted at the altar by his fiancée who had been having an affair with his best friend and business partner, meets Diana and is invited to become her Gardner at moongate manor a totally different role for him but nonetheless one that offers a healing therapeutic environment to lick his wounds and recover!
These three very different individuals brought together, in the most unusual of circumstances flourish, laugh, and heal as they become intertwined with each other and form the most wonderful cohesive little family unit.
A really special read that I would thoroughly recommend to all!
Thank you netgalley for this early read!
Sweet story of the kindness of human beings. Grief comes in many forms. Loss of a loved one, loss of trust, loss of faith in humankind....this book has it all. But we see the characters grow and heal through the help of each other as well as through the kindness of others. A story of friendship, old secrets and forgiveness. A perfect story .
Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this. Amanda's last few weeks have been a blur since losing her mother. When she finds out that her mother entered a contest and won a house in Britain, she is unsure what to do. She decides to take a leap of faith and go. I could not put thus book down.
I loved this story from start to finish. It has a great characters and a great plot as well.
Can you imagine winning a house in a competition? Well Amanda did and quickly makes friends in the area. They all set out together to fix up Moongate Manor. This is a story of a group going through their own grief who find each other and lean on each other to get through.
There is such a lovely sense of community in this book and i really felt i was a part of the story, love it!
This story still has me thinking about it… weeks later.
It’s a beautiful story about adoption, friendships, gardens and has a dash of romance. Kate’s beautiful way of weaving words has my brain picturing every last detail of the gardens and every character!
Another winner from Kate.
This is a wonderful story of transformation. Amanda at the beginning of the book is living a half-life, going to a job she does not like or want, has recently lost my mother to cancer (and she was her mother's caregiver), and has no other family. She is a wonderfully cheerful sparkly person, and she spreads sunshine wherever she goes. I took an immediate liking to her and wanted her to achieve all her dreams. Without giving away any of the plot, I will just say that her life is guided by coincidences/fate/angels, that guide her on the correct path. Although this is a work of fiction, I do believe this can happen in life. If you keep your eyes open, there is wonder and guidance all over.
Simon, who was recently dumped by his girlfriend, is a lost soul, wandering, trying to heal. He happens upon Moongate Manor, as does Amanda and the rest is a lovely tale.
I adore books with characters of various ages, and especially if there is one or more of the older population. This book undeniably has that feature! There are several older characters full of wisdom, knowledge and love to share.
I enjoyed this book so much. This was the first book I have read by Kate Forster. I enjoyed her writing style, her unique plot and the delightful characters. I definitely recommend this book!
A huge thank you Aria & Aries and NetGalley for giving me the immense pleasure of reading the advance reader copy, with no obligation to write a review. My review is written freely as a hobby, and is totally my own opinion, not influenced by receiving the ARC.
I enjoyed this story about three very different people brought together by Moongate Manor and how working on the garden there brings them together and uncovers long hidden truths. Each character is great and the interactions beautiful.
Loved this book. Amanda is living in New York where her mother has recently passed away. She just finds out that her mother has entered her in a lottery to win a house in England. Amanda wins the house and she moves to England where things become much more complicated than she thought
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a pleasant book. I enjoyed all the characters.
Life is bleak for Amanda, she is dealing with a bereavement and her life isn’t how she hoped it would be. The surprise lottery win ignites something in her and she decides to go and see what life would be like in an English manor house.
Diana the previous owner of the manor house is friendly but reserved. Amanda senses there are things she’s not being told. Then there is Simon, the casual garden helper, who knows nothing about gardening. What is there in his past that he has run away from?
A treat for anyone who enjoyed The Secret Garden There is a definite feel that both the garden and the people are transforming. Easy and enjoyable reading. I loved it!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a complimentary digital copy of this ebook in exchange for a full, frank and honest review. All opinions are completely my own.
This was such a lovely read that had the theme of second chances and a bit of romance. Amanda Cox lives in New York and is struggling after her mum dies. She loses her job but then receives notification that she has won a house in England in a lottery. Is it too good to be true? The house in question is Moongate Manor, currently owned by Diana Graybrook-Moore and she has enlisted the help of Simon Herald to bring the garden back to life. There is a real sense of community, each of the main characters has a great backstory and there are a few twists too.! I loved how each chapter was written from a different viewpoint and how there was also the looking back of Diana’s life in the 1960’s. All the characters were easy to imagine and I thought that the ending was great. Thank you to Aria and Aries and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
Amanda Cox lived in New York in an apartment she shared with her mother until her mother had passed away. She had moved to New York when she was little as her mother had moved there to escape her life in England. Before her mother died she had brought a raffle ticket for Amanda. Ticket was a winner the prize was a Manor back in England with a plane ticket to receive the prize. With it came a few conditions which Amanda had to fulfil the keep the Manor. There was also Simon who was running away from a broken relationship and a business partner who had ripped him off in more ways that one. He ended up at the Manor employed by Diana Greybrook-More who lived in the gatehouse belonging to the Manor.
This is a story of 3 people who come together through circumstances. It is how they have to overcome their past lives and find out who they are.
It is a story of many feeling and life changing outcomes.
Well worth reading, nicely written.
Another beautiful book from Kate Forster.
Amanda is living in New York mourning the loss of her mother, when she discovers that she has won a house in England. When she arrives at Moorgate Manor, a beautiful country home despite it being rundown and having an overgrown garden, she falls in love with it and becomes good friends with it owner Diana (who now lives in the gate house. Love comes along in the way of Simon the gardener, who also has a difficult past. They all become great friends and love blossoms between Amanda and Simon, but jot without a few twists and tales along the way.
Fly Me to Moongate Manor is a simply lovely story.
Amanda has recently lost her mother, her job and her apartment. She's stunned to find out that her mother bought her a raffle before she died, and Amanda is now the proud owner of Moongate Manor. Leaving New York and heading to the UK to visit Moongate Manor, Amanda is to find a lot more than a house and an unloved garden.
I really enjoyed this book.
Another beautiful book by Kate Forster. Absolutely lovely, really beautifully written and heartwarming.
Such a cute story, I read it in just one sitting. A sweet romance, with grumpy sunshine and second chance tropes.
The forming relationship between Amanda and Diana - the elderly former owner of Moongate Manor - is so lovely.
Told in different points of view with easy to follow flash backs.
Its a bitter sweet story showing how to deal with loss and the ending is perfect.
The book itself has a few editing mistakes - more than I would expect to find - but didn't take away from the story.
Fly Me To Moongate Manor is the perfect summer read, filled with flowers and querky characters.
Thank you #netgalley for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review
This book hit me on so many levels. It's gave me so much girl power vibes and go get it attitude. I really enjoyed it.
This was quite a heartwarming story. It features betrayal, love and happiness.
Simon has been betrayed by both his fiancé and best friend. He ends up working in the gardens of Moongate Manor for Diana.
Diana lives in the Gatehouse near Moongate. Her story is told in two timelines, present day and the 1960's.
Amanda has recently lost her mum and needs to find purpose so after 'winning' Moongate Manor in a raffle she heads to England.
I loved how the characters interacted. Amanda is a go getter and charms people into helping her with the garden.
Diana is a very intriguing character with many layers. I really enjoyed her back story.
The whole setting sounded gorgeous and I would love to live there.
I received this free digital copy from the publishers Zeus/ Aria and Aries in return for an honest review. Thanks to them and Netgalley
Kate Forster's novels are always a treat as they're the right mix of escapism, romance, and humour.
This one was compelling and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine
Listen, what I wouldn't give to have someone ring me and tell me I won a house in the country.... This was a lovely story, with some sadness and pain, and the chance to heal and grow. That being said, I have had the song For Me To The Moon in my head for days now!
This was my first Kate Forster novel, but it won't be my last. She does a great job bringing the characters to live.
Betrayal, heartbreak , grief, friendships, and family drama, can all be found in this novel.
Three people who have been hurt in the past come together at Moongate Manor. Diana who owns Moongate Manor, hires Simon to work for her for the sumer. Soon Amanda shows up at Moongate. Can they overcome the hurt and move forward? Or is the hurt to hard to deal with? As more secrets are revealed, being at Moongate causes second thoughts just as tragedy happens, but is it too late?
Pre-order this book today so that you can read it and enjoy it as much as I did. You won't be disappointed.
I received an advanced copy if this novel from NetGalley for my honest view. I give it 4 stars.
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