Welcome to Loveahappyending.com Bookshelf Reviews
This is the feature that brings you the latest reviews and reader opinions on one of our Loveahappyending Featured Author’s books – helping you to discover an outstanding new book, an exciting new author and a fabulous new writing talent!
The Restaurant @ The Mill By Linn B Halton
The Restaurant @ The Mill is available in both paperback and ebook formats. Published by Sapphire Star Publishing – a small press publisher dedicated to bringing you today’s finest fiction.
Age, relationships, and careers — we are all unique. Yet beneath the exterior facade we choose to show to the world at large, what do we have in common? The things we bury deep inside—the worries and fears we are unable to verbalize, and the hand fate takes in our lives is a common thread. Sometimes we fail to recognize in each other that innermost struggle on the path to true love. Six very different stories, six couples linked by The Restaurant @ The Mill, owned by Hilary Marks and Ben Adams. As the restaurant thrives the atmosphere is alive with conversation, snapshots of lives unfolding, each one a personal journey. Will Hilary learn to trust a man with her heart ever again? Why does Ben prefer the sanctuary of his kitchen? Will he finally open up and let the world in? And the diners—how will their lives play out?
Charlotte kissed a lot of frogs before she found her Prince, but will it all fall apart after an accident changes the man she loves?
Grace and Lawrence have been parted for more than half a century. Can an old secret bring them together for their twilight years?
Isobel and David’s love is strong, but everything in their lives is changing. Isobel is attractive and still a catch, but will she begin to tire of him now that it’s just the two of them?
Will Sadie ever get Sam to see her as a serious love interest when he used to be engaged to her sister? Or will she always be the younger sibling?
And Thomas, rich beyond most people’s wildest dreams, but still in love with the girl he knew at school – is he destined to be a sought-after bachelor for the rest of his life?
The Restaurant @ The Mill by Linn B Halton was only published in August 2012 but has already received some fabulous reviews. Hyperlinks are provided to verify the source of these reviews, which are just a small selection of what some book bloggers and readers have to say about this book:
Kim the Bookworm says: A beautifully warm and cosy book which was completely adorable. We learn about these wonderful individuals and how their relationships develop and intertwine. The people involved are Hilary and Ben, Charlotte, Grace and Lawrence, Isabel and David, Thomas and Sadie who works at the restaurant. Linn threw in quite a few very unexpected surprises and links along the way which kept the plot fresh and kept your interest peaked. The characters are wonderfully created and I could picture both the exterior location and the interior look of the Mill and was quite tempted at one point to actually ring the restaurant and book myself a table as I could picture this beautiful setting, cosy atmosphere and wonderful people and I just wanted to dine in this place and be part of the cast. Linn is an author who makes it easy for a reader to create pictures of people and places in their minds, making you feel part of the story somehow or as if you are just sitting on the sidelines watching in. I feel that this is such a clever skill because as a reader, there is nothing better than feeling the emotions of the characters and knowing what all the places you are reading look like and she does this particularly well.”
An Amazon.com reviewer says: “For me, most memorable times and conversations have always taken place around a wonderfully prepared meal and delightful company, whether at family gatherings, holidays or just a special occasion. In the novel by Linn B. Halton, The Restaurant @ The Mill which used to be a flour mill at Huntingbridge in Gloucestershire, involves the owners Hilary Marks and Ben Adams and six different encounters with six very delightful and unique couples. This book is truly like getting six books in one beautiful written novel. The book opens with a brief history about each of the owners, first beginning with Hilary and her meeting with Ben Adams, her business partner. The book goes on to detail the lives of the other couples at the mill during the seven years that Ben and Hilary have been the owners and how they each have had an impact on one another as well as a connection to the Mill; Charlotte and Nick, Grace and Lawrence, Isobel and David and Sadie and Sam. But you’ll have to pick up a copy of this book to get to know their stories and how they are all intertwined in a most delightful way!
An Amazon.co.uk reader says: “Exploring the lives and loves of six very different couples, linked by The Restaurant @ the Mill, I couldn’t help wondering whether the author had set herself a bit of a challenge. She had – but pulled it off beautifully. I started reading and immediately wanted to see how the individual stories panned out. I was particularly impressed at how believable the characters were, from Charlotte and Sadie, just embarking on love’s young dream, through more mellow middle-aged love, to a couple scared their relationship might not survive retirement, and beyond, each character was unique and totally relatable to. We have the heartbreak of separation and loss, people damaged by life and love, people just dealing with life – all wrapped up in a beautiful cover. The ghost was a nice touch.”
This review can be found on Goodreads: “The Restaurant @ The Mill is a series of chapters chronicling the lives of Hilary and Ben, the owners, and their customers and friends, Charlotte and Nick, Grace and Lawrence, Isobel and David, Sadie and Sam, Thomas, and the aforementioned Sarah. Each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the characters with the chapter title giving a hint of the topic and direction of the chapter. The fascination of the novel lies within the growth of the characters as we watch Ben’s personality develop, as we follow the relationship of Charlotte and Nick, and learn the fate of Sadie and Sam, as well as the others. This is a well-written novel with a fascinating premise. I think any reader will enjoy Isobel’s burgeoning career as an author, and as a food blogger and fantasy restaurateur, I loved the restaurant setting. This was the first of Ms. Halton’s novels for me, but I will be looking for them from now on. Definitely a 5 star novel.
Linn B Halton lives in the small Gloucestershire village of Arlingham on the banks of the River Severn with her adorable husband and cat with attitude Mr Tiggs! Linn and Lawrence have renovated many houses over the years and she writes romantic fiction with a psychic or astrological theme and many of the paranormal events that feature in her books are real life experiences. She has written about some of these experiences in Being A Sceptic is Oh So Easy. Linn wrote Touched By The Light shortly after the death of her mother and is a big advocate of the saying “seeing is believing!”
Linn writes mainly contemporary women’s romance, often with a psychic or astrological theme – life, love and beyond … but it’s ALWAYS about the romance…
Did you know there are lots of ways to support your favourite Loveahappyending.com authors?
Here are just a few bookshelf tips:
Buy their book right now – why wait?
Give the ‘thumbs up’ to like on Amazon.
Tag the book with genre-appropriate labels.
Read and then write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
Share your review and recommend the author on your social networks.
Follow their Blog and their Facebook Page.
Look out for Janice’s Amazon bestselling novels ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ and her new romantic Halloween special novella ‘How Do You Voodoo?’ being launched on 26th October 2012.
You can visit Janice at her Blog and at her Amazon Pages at UK or Dotcom. You can also like Janice on Facebook and follow her on Twitter or link to her Author page here on Loveahappyending.com. Janice is also on the Loveahappyending.org Bookshelf -check it out!