Ellie Green's Strong Hearts is everything I've been looking for. It tells the story of Tilly, a city girl who returns to the small town where she grew up after her employers are arrested for fraud, and Eva, the local pub cook/town handywoman. The pair get off on the wrong foot when Tilly comes back to the family farm—only to find Eva in her bathtub.
The miscommunications abound, not helped by Tilly's position as the person who blew the lid on her former employers' illegal activities, and her brother's push to sell the farm. There are moments when I wanted to shake both women—couldn't they see that they were pushing too hard? And about the wrong things?
Ultimately, though, this is a romance, so of course, it all works out in the end. Tilly and Eva's HEA is perfect for them, with both women making choices that make them happy as individuals as well as a couple. That's what I love about Green's writing; Tilly and Eva are two distinct individuals, who love and support each other, and find a way to achieve both their dreams even when it's hard.
It's a small town romance with a lot of heart to it, and the supporting characters really do bring Tyndall to life. The entire town felt real to me, like I could just walk down the street to the pub for chicken parm, or swing by the cafe for a coffee in the morning. As a small-town girl myself, it was lovely to see that kind of environment reflected, and for the town to be so supporting and welcoming to Tilly and Eva.
Final verdict: Sweet, wholesome, and full of love, 'Strong Hearts' is an excellent read! 🍯🍯🍯🍯🍯/5 honeypots!
You can get Strong Hearts on Amazon.