Time to Move On by Ian Wilfred

About the book:
Billie was ready to celebrate her fortieth birthday, but an unexpected parcel delivery and a meeting at work changes her life forever.

Offered the opportunity to stay in a cottage in the lovely coastal resort of Saltmarsh Quay, she grabs it with both hands but what has she let herself into? A community of interfering, controlling neighbours, and one in particular, Marjorie, who not only organises events, but everyone else’s lives too.

A little chat with Marjorie’s granddaughter, Becky, changes Billie’s perspective and together they devise a plan which opens the door to many new beginnings.

How will this affect Billie’s relationships? There’s her son, Tim, returning from a gap year in Australia, Matt, the village carpenter, who she has struck up a firm friendship with and Audrey – the village rebel for more than seventy years – who also takes a shine to newcomer, Billie.

Life in Saltmarsh Quay is about to change for its residents. It’s time to move on.

My Review:

I can’t believe that this book has been on my tbr list for so long! I’m so glad that I finally got time to read it.

I’ve always enjoyed Ian Wilfred’s books, but I must say that I think that this is the best one yet. His writing has really gone from strength to strength with each book.

There’s wonderful characterisation, with such likeable and often quirky characters. The dialogue is excellent, it makes for a flowing and engaging read. There’s so much humour and a really good plot.

I really liked Billie as a character, she’s funny and kind, with great strength and humour. She finds that she is very resourceful in her new life.

The location is wonderful, it sounds idyllic, though as with all small villages, everyone is involved in each other’s lives. Once Billie embraces this, however, it opens up a whole new world for her.

This is a delightful and entertaining read, with a beautiful setting and thoroughly engaging characters. I really enjoyed it. The perfect feel-good novel.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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