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‘Starting Over At Acorn Cottage’
by Kate Forster
Cover Reveal

Cover image of the book 'Starting Over At Acorn Cottage' by author Kate Forster

Happy ‘Cover Reveal’ day to author Kate Forster.

I make very eclectic reading choices, so whilst crime / thrillers may be my ‘go to’ genre, I do enjoy a good dose of contemporary fiction from time to time. Even better when, as with this particular book, it is a stand alone novel, not part of a series and offers me the opportunity to discover some lovely new authors.

I would therefore like to thank the folks at Aria Fiction and NetGalley, for the opportunity to be involved in this important day for Kate Forster and Starting Over At Acorn Cottage.

Starting Over At Acorn Cottage is not officially released until 19th March 2020, however you can pre-order your Kindle download from :-

Amazon in the UK

Amazon in the US


Cover image of the book 'Starting Over At Acorn Cottage' by author Kate ForsterBuying a thatched cottage in the country may not be the usual cure for a broken heart. But after Clara Maxwell finds out her boyfriend and best friend have been sneaking around behind her back, packing her bags and leaving everything in London behind feels like it’s the only way forward.

Clara knew Acorn Cottage would be a fixer-upper… Yet in person, the cottage is less charmingly ramshackle and more a real health and safety concern. When Henry Garnett, her (rather handsome) new contractor, turns up with his little daughter Pansy and a van shaped like a cottage in tow, she isn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. What on earth has she gotten herself into?!

Still, there is something strangely lovable about the people in the little village of Merryknowe, from Rachel Brown, the quiet, lonely girl who bakes magical confections for the tearooms, to Tassie McIver, a little old lady with a lot of wisdom and a penchant for reading tea leaves. And Clara can’t deny that Henry and Pansy are quickly worming their way into her heart…

With all the heartbreak of the year behind her, could Acorn Cottage be the fresh start Clara so desperately wants?


Image of author Kate ForsterKate went to acting school in Australia and worked in production and advertising after that.

She now lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, children and dogs.

She can generally be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and talking on the phone, usually all at once.

Kate is an avid follower of fashion, fame and all things pop culture and is also an excellent dinner party guest who always brings gossip and champagne.

Catch up with all Kate’s news and musings at her website

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“I like finding out how my characters want their stories to end and then working out how to make the reader feel on that journey. I often feel as though I am transcribing someone’s life story, more than creating it, as the characters feel very real to me while I write.”

“The settings for my books are places that intrigue me and have a particular style and flavour. I am fortunate that I have travelled so I know the essence of a city or a country.”

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Kelly,

      From time to time I do quite enjoy the ‘quieter’ reading break which contemporary fiction offers and I admit to being intrigued by this book, as it is written by an Australian author, yet is set in an English village.

      I am assuming that Kate made a conscious decision about the location for the story and then researched the area, as although the village of Merryknowe is so small that it is not marked on the map, it is close to a village called Brampton, right in the north of England, about 2 miles south of Hadrian’s Wall, which separates England from Scotland.

      It is that kind of trivia which always intrigues me and makes me want to read the story, before I even take a look at the first page. It also makes the cover image even more relevant and in keeping with the storyline.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, even though this one probably isn’t going to make it to your own list anytime soon 🙂

  • I read this genre occasionally, as you said, for a bit of light relief. Even I get ‘dead body’ fatigue eventually. Such a pretty cover, a bit of cheer in a very long winter.
    Enjoy your weekend, Yvonne. xxx

    • 🙂 ‘dead body fatigue’, that made me smile so much!

      I often think of Northumberland as being quite a dark, bleak county, although never having visited the area, I don’t know why I make that assumption!

      Pretty cottages such as the one on this cover, always look so picturesque, however they would never really appeal to me as somewhere I would want to call home. I guess I am a bit too much of a modernist to embrace the furnishings and lifestyle that would come with such a property, but on the other hand, I am not a true minimalist either – Let’s just call me middle-aged and confused!!

      Either way, this sounds like a nice, feel-good story for the middle of winter 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I do try hard not to base how much I want to read a book, just by looking at its cover. However, I have to admit that this one is so appealing, that I would definitely be making a grab for it if I saw it on the shelf, although my final decision might then depend on the premise too!

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. I hope that you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I do try not to judge a book by its cover, but I really enjoy taking part in these ‘Cover Reveals’, as they offer a small glimpse of what is to come in the story!

      Thanks for visiting and I hope that you have some great reading lined up for this week 🙂

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