Amelia Grey is fed up with her life in East London, living in a cramped flat on a busy street and dealing with a classroom full of teenagers who have little desire to learn. As a child, she dreamed of living in the countryside and, after discussing it with her husband, they realise there is nothing stopping them from making the move. Both Amelia and Jack can commute to their jobs in London and while they don't have a huge budget, they can afford a cottage, leaving a little left over to bring it up to date.
Amelia and Jack move into their new cottage and set about achieving their dream. But the house needs a lot more work than anticipated and the move begins to take its toll on their relationship.
I've been looking forward to reading Amelia Grey's Fireside Dream as I enjoyed Abby Clements' previous books. The cover called out to me as it screams autumn, which is my favourite season. The book is perfect for curling up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate, relaxing while poor Amelia tackles the huge renovation project.
Although Amelia is a likable character, she doesn't always make the best choices. I wanted her to have the beautiful home she'd always dreamed of but I didn't want her to lose Jack in the process. I thought she and Jack were a good pairing, with a lovely set of friends to support them so I began to worry as the move put strain on their marriage and it began to suffer.
I loved the sound of the cottage and its beautiful garden. With it came the mystery of the previous owner, Eleanor, and her earlier life. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book and I would have liked to have got to know Eleanor more, to explore her past a little deeper and find out what happens next, if anything.
Amelia Grey's Fireside Dream is a lovely book to curl up with now that summer is on its way out.