Review – New Beginnings at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title New Beginnings at Glendale Hall

Author Victoria Walters

Release Date February 5, 2020

Description from Amazon

Two weddings and a baby…but who will get their happy ever after?

Emily Prescott’s life isn’t going to plan. Her dreams of starting a family with fireman boyfriend Greg and opening up her own bakery in London feel like they will never come true. So when a wedding
invite arrives from her oldest friend, Beth Williams, Emily is thrilled. Not only will she get to return to her childhood home in Scotland, but best of all – Beth wants her to bake the wedding cake!

However, her excitement is cut short when she discovers that Greg has cheated on her. Devastated by his betrayal, Emily flees to Glendale Hall, Beth’s grand estate in the Highlands, and tries to distracts herself with helping with the wedding plans, but that’s not easy when Greg keeps hounding her to forgive him. Then she’s introduced to Glendale’s new young and handsome vicar Brodie, and things become even more complicated.

When Emily discovers that Greg’s betrayal runs deeper than she imagined, she finds herself with a whole host of decisions to make, especially when she discovers her long awaited dream is finally being fulfilled – at exactly at the wrong time…

Initial Thoughts

I loved the first book in this series and was super excited when Victoria Walters announced a sequel on Instagram. As soon as I saw it was available on NetGalley, I knew I had to apply.

Some Things I Liked

  • Lush details and an amazing setting. I loved the setting and descriptions of everything in Glendale Hall. This story, like the first in this series, makes me want to drop everything and hop on a plane to Scotland.
  • Imperfect characters. This series is filled with characters whose lives are quite complicated. I love the realism in the stories.
  • Incredible series value. Please see my thoughts below.
  • Clean, adorable rom-com. While exploring some tough themes, this story was quite clean and very suitable for younger readers.

Series Value

I’d love to keep returning to to the Scottish Highlands for more stories featuring Glendale Hall. There are so many characters that I’d love to see more of. I would absolutely keep reading if Victoria Walters writes more in this series.

Final Thoughts

I loved this book. As much as I enjoyed Coming Home to Glendale Hall, I liked New Beginnings even more. I really connected with the main character and this story gave me incredible wanderlust. While writing this post, I am simultaneously planning my own move to the magical Scottish Highlands (just kidding, well, kind of kidding 😉).


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh – this book is coming out on February 14th (review to come a bit closer to that date), but if you enjoyed the wit, romance, and ideas of starting over in a new place, try this rom-com by Portia MacIntosh.
  • The Move by Whitney Dineen – if you enjoyed the themes of starting over and finding yourself, try this new release by Whitney Dineen.

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