The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane

Part One: New beginnings
Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda's thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale - especially as Mia didn't know she had a great-aunt Matilda.

She's even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia's a city girl at heart, not to mention she's afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia's struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella's brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale...

The paperback version features Part One and Part Two together

Published: May 2018
Brilliant start
"This is a brilliant start to this series. I confess to being a sucker for books where someone inherits a house/business and this book certainly didn't disappoint. I adored this book and had a smile on my face the whole time. A real feel-good book!"
A feel good story with humour and intrigue
"Thoroughly enjoyed this book, such a 'feel good' story with humour and intrigue. I am now on part 4. Difficult to put down. Emily Harvale is a fantastic writer."
New to me author who is great writer
"Really good book. I haven’t read anything by this author previously. Really impressed and couldn’t put it down."