Wickham Hall. By Cathy Bramly.
Holly Swift has just landed the job of her dreams: events co-ordinator at Wickham Hall, the beautiful manor home that sits proudly at the heart of the village where she grew up. Not only does she get to organise for a living and work in stunning surroundings, but it will also put a bit of distance between Holly and her problems at home. As Holly falls in love with the busy world of Wickham Hall – from family weddings to summer festivals, firework displays and Christmas grottos – she also finds a place in her heart for her friendly (if unusual) colleagues. But life isn’t as easily organised as an event at Wickham Hall (and even those have their complications…). Can Holly learn to let go and live in the moment? After all, that’s when the magic happens.
Wickham Hall is an absolute delight of a book. It’s set in and around Wickham Hall, the stately home, which makes for an interesting story as there’s lots going on, such as preparing for the annual summer festival and the White Christmas at Wickham Hall. We meet a whole cast of characters, as well as Holly there’s her best friend Esme, her mum – who has problems of her own- the various staff at the Hall, including Andy from the gift shop, Nikki the gardener, the chef Jenny Plum and of course the Fortescues, Lord and Lady, Zara their daughter and Benedict, the love interest.
I loved reading about the goings on at Wickham Hall, I think I’d quite like being an events planner. I could picture the stately home so well, and imagined myself walking around the beautiful gardens. Wickham Hall had me hooked from the beginning.
I was rooting for Holly’s mum to find happiness, and I was glad that we learnt what was behind her problems.
The romance isn’t insta-love it builds nicely throughout the course of the story. What I particularly liked was the fact that Holly isn’t a damsel in distress waiting for a man to come and save her. She has a job she loves, a very close best friend and a good relationship with her mum.
Wickham Hall is like a box of your favourite chocolates, you know you’ll enjoy every page, and it has a sweet ending. Predictable – maybe, but sometimes what you want from a book is to know where you are with it. It’s absolutely perfect for a weekend snuggled up in your favourite chair. At around 500 pages it’s long enough that the story never feels rushed, there’s time to get to know people, but not so long that it gets boring.
Wickham Hall is utterly charming and it’s definitely one I’d recommend, in fact I’m giving it five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and heading straight to the library tomorrow to find more books by Cathy Bramly.