The Lavender House by Hilary Boyd….ARC Review

The Lavender House is out TODAY!



Nancy de Freitas is the glue that holds her family together. Caught between her ageing, ailing mother Frances, and her struggling daughter Louise, frequent user of Nancy’s babysitting services, it seems Nancy’s fate is to quietly go on shouldering the burden of responsibility for all four generations. Her divorce four years ago put paid to any thoughts of a partner to share her later years with. Now it looks like her family is all she has.

Then she meets Jim. Smoker, drinker, unsuccessful country singer and wearer of cowboy boots, he should be completely unsuited to the very together Nancy. And yet, there is a real spark.
But Nancy’s family don’t trust Jim one bit. They’re convinced he’ll break her heart, maybe run off with her money – he certainly distracts her from her family responsibilities.

Can she be brave enough to follow her heart? Or will she remain glued to her family’s side and walk away from one last chance for love?


My Review:

The Lavender House is the newest work fro author Hilary Boyd and admittedly the first of her works that I’ve read.  I have to say, I was happy to have found this author and this read was a change of pace for me that I enjoyed.

The story starts out with quite a bang…Nancy’s husband of 34 years drops the bombshell that he’s leaving her.  Talk about a beginning!  What follows is a year in Nancy’s journey after that moment.  Her journey to find love again with a man her family doesn’t really approve of, dealing with numerous family issues including an aging mother, a daughter with her own family and restaurant they run, and truly finding herself again.  I enjoyed seeing the evolution of Nancy from the wife and woman she had been for over 30 years and the road it took to get her there.  There are many ups and downs I felt as I read, especially when Nancy was interacting with her family.  I will admit that there were times I struggled a bit while I was reading as it was at times hard to relate to a woman who is quite a bit older than myself but overall, the situations were things that members of my own family have gone through and looking at it through that perspective made things a bit more relatable.

Overall I’m happy I had the chance to read this book and enjoyed it!

Three-and-a-Half Loves


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“Boyd hits the bullseye with this story that will resonate with all women”―For The Love of Books

“Warm-hearted and with a beady eye, Boyd gets under the skin of her characters to show that falling in love isn’t limited to the young”―Sunday Express

“A warm-hearted story of families, trust and second-chance love”―Sunday Mirror

“Hilary Boyd in her inimitable fashion has told the story yet again of mature love which, like an excellent vintage wine, is just waiting to burst out of its barrels”―My Weekly

Boyd is as canny as Joanna Trollope at observing family life – and better than Trollope at jokesDaily Mail

“Thoroughly enjoyable read . . . a real page turner”Good Housekeeping

“This story is engrossing . . . one of my favourite books of the year so far”―Mature Times

About the author:

Boyd was born and spent the first six months of her life in Prestatyn, North Wales, where her father, an army major, was stationed after the war. She was later educated in London, then at the boarding school Roedean. She trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and subsequently as a marriage guidance counsellor with Relate before reading English Literature at London University in her late 30s.

After college, Boyd became a health journalist, writing about depression, step-parenting and pregnancy. She began writing fiction as a hobby whilst raising three children and working at various day jobs including running a cancer charity, Survive Cancer, working for an engineering company, and an online vitamin site.


  1. Kat valentine says:

    Great review Jillian,shared on my socials!

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