Review; Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane
Description from NetgalleyAt Mill Grange, the work – and the fun – never stops! As autumn brings coolness and colour, change is in the air for all at the manor...
Sam Philips' time in the forces changed him forever. Supported by his friends, Sam is keen to help make beautiful Mill Grange a safe retreat for injured army personnel... but his crippling claustrophobia means Sam is living in a tent on the grounds! Enlisting the help of charming village stalwarts Bert and Mabel Hastings, Tina Martins is determined to find a way to help him conquer his fears. But why does she feel like he is keeping a secret?
After discovering evidence of a Roman fortlet on the manor's grounds, Thea Thomas is thrilled at the chance to return to her archaeological roots and lead the excavation. She spent the summer with handsome celebrity archaeologist Shaun Cowlson – but now he's off filming his Landscape Treasures show in Cornwall, and Thea can't help but miss his company. Especially as someone else is vying for his attention...
Welcome back to Mill Grange and the beautiful village of Upwich, full of larger-than-life characters you can't help but adore.
My Thoughts on the BookAutumn Leaves at Mill Grange was a charming read. I liked how the author dealth with severe claustrophobia, as the story shows just how crippling mental illness sometimes can be. I thought the concept that Sam and Tina is setting up at Mill Grange for veterans were pretty neat, especially considering the mental health aspects. I also really liked several of the dynamics between the characters, whether it's Sam and Tina, or any of the other ones. The plot and storyline was overall well written and the characters were complex and had character development through the story.
Overall, it was a good and engaging read.