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Friday, February 8, 2019

The Talisman- Molly's Story by Eliza J. Scott Feature and Review


Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.

Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

A heart-warming story of love, friendship and hope.


The Talisman- Molly's Story  (Life on the Moors Book 2)The Talisman- Molly's Story by Eliza J. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Talisman- Molly’ Story by Eliza J. Scott is a 2019 publication.

A charming story about life, love lost and found, second chances and new beginnings-

Molly, Pip, and their three children move into a Georgian Farmhouse with plans to expand into the ‘glamping’ business. The move also brings her closer to her parents after her father receives a life altering medical diagnosis.

There are the usual family dilemmas, dramas, comedies and challenges of marriage, friendships, and small- town life to contend with, but all in all Molly is contented enough, until her world is spun upside down by an unforeseeable tragedy. As Molly struggles to put her life back together, karma comes calling, bringing with it a second chance at happiness for Molly and her family.

This is a delightful story filled with quirky characters and situations, depicting the understandable challenges of everyday life. While the characters are somewhat exaggerated for effect, the realities of raising children, realizing a dream, coping with illness and tragedy, enjoying friends and community, and coping with a few unpleasant residents, sounds a lot like real life.

Some of you will laugh, but it just goes to show that you don’t have to read heavy literature to learn something new. I had no idea what ‘glamping’ was. I had to Google it. Now I know why I’d never heard of it. Camping is not my thing- but if I were to consider it- glamping is the only way I’d want to go. So, you learn something new every day.

The story runs just a little too long and might benefit from a few cuts here or there for the sake of momentum. Molly’s temperament is a little over the top, bordering on ‘anger management’ territory, which couldn’t be healthy.

But, overall, I enjoyed reading about Molly’s life and her community, which is a little different, but often fun and humorous. Molly may have a hot temper, but she is a good person, and it was nice to see her rewarded for that, in the most unexpected ways. Molly’s love story is sweet and maybe a little magical too.


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Author Bio – Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

Social Media Links
Blog: Eliza J Scott - elizajscott.com
Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1
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Facebook: Eliza J Scott - @elizajscottauthor


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