The House in the Clouds by Victoria Connelly

Travel to the beautiful Sussex Downs in The House in the Clouds by Victoria Connelly.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me an ARC of The House in the Clouds in return for an honest review. Last year I read and enjoyed Victoria’s last novel, The Beauty of Broken Things, and so I was delighted to be invited onto the tour for The House in the Clouds. (I have also since read and reviewed the second book in the series, High Blue Sky – check it out!)

Winfield Hall has come up for auction — nicknamed The House in the Clouds by the locals for its high location on the Sussex Downs. Both Edward and Abigail fall for the house and get into a bidding war. Edward wins the auction, but a few months later, he contacts Abigail and asks if she wants to go halves in the house. Abi happily accepts, living in her own half of the house looking over its extensive gardens while Edward has the other, looking over the Downs.

You can find The House in the Clouds on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. It’s also available to read through Kindle Unlimited.

My review

The House in the Clouds is the first in a new trilogy, and so much of this book is devoted to learning about our two main characters. They are totally different people and I really enjoyed starting to get to know them!

Abi is an artist, who built up her own business based around her artwork. She is free-spirited, and loves the inspiration that the house and its location gives her. She is devoted to her sister and her nieces, who lives locally. She has just left the business and now hopes for a fresh start in her new home. Edward, meanwhile, is much more serious — having worked in a bank for many years, he has recently been made redundant.

I found both Abi and Edward really relatable and likeable characters. Each chapter would switch between their perspectives and I enjoyed both parts of the book equally. It was great seeing their friendship slowly develop as they get used to each other’s company and seeing each other around the estate. While they initially seem so different, as we learn more about them they seem to have more in common. Both have mysteries surrounding their past and their families that they are hiding from each other. I really enjoyed learning more about both Abi and Edward and I can’t wait to find out more — and see what the future holds for them both.

This is a lovely, slow start to the series with enough to keep me intrigued that I will be wanting to continue onto the second book. The setting is very enchanting and atmospheric, making The House in the Clouds a perfect read on a summer’s day!

The blurb for The House in the Clouds

Artist Abigail Carey has always dreamed of a life in the country and, when Winfield Hall comes up at auction, she’s desperate to make the place her home. The only trouble is that businessman, Edward Townsend, has exactly the same idea.

With its position high on the Sussex Downs, Winfield is a stunning house, but it hasn’t been a home for a long time and there’s a lot of work to do to restore it to its former glory. It’s going to take a lot of time and money, so Edward and Abi decide to take a risk and share the house, each living in their own wing.

But can these two strangers agree on a vision that suits them both? And will free-spirited Abi ever get the rather reserved Edward to reveal the secret he’s been hiding for so long?

The House in the Clouds is the first novel in a brand new trilogy from the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.

A picture of Victoria Connelly, the author of The Beauty of Broken ThingsAbout the author, Victoria Connelly

Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

You can find out more about Victoria on her website, on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

You can find The House in the Clouds on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. It’s also available to read through Kindle Unlimited.

Blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources

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I reviewed The House in the Clouds as part of a book tour organised by Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources. Check out the other bloggers taking part in this book tour for more reviews, extracts and guest posts!

I have now read and reviewed the second book in this series — High Blue SkyCheck out my review to see what I thought! (Spoiler: I loved it!)