Book Review of High Blue Sky by Victoria Connelly

In Victoria Connelly’s High Blue Sky, we travel back to Winfield Hall in the beautiful Sussex Downs.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me an ARC of High Blue Sky in return for an honest review.

I read and reviewed the first book in this series, The House in the Clouds, last summer and loved it, so I was delighted to read High Blue Sky. This review may have some spoilers if you haven’t read the first book in the series!

You can find High Blue Sky on Amazon in paperback and Kindle (this is an affiliate link). It’s also available to read through Kindle Unlimited.

My review

I was excited to get back to Winfield Hall and the Sussex Downs, and instantly felt at home reading about Abi and Edward. We also meet some new characters — Harry, who moved in at the end of the last book and Aurora (or Aura for short), who is Abi’s latest tenant. I was also excited to learn more about Oscar, Edward’s wayward brother, who didn’t feature much in The House on the Clouds. Winfield Hall is described so beautifully, I could perfectly picture the big manor house and its large, bright rooms and French doors.

Victoria has an amazing way of writing, and crafts characters and situations that feel so real! Each character is relatable in their own way, from Edward’s reluctance to talk about his feelings to Harry’s frustration and stress at work.

I found Aura’s sections especially calming, as Abi gives lessons in mindfulness, meditation and breathing exercises — I could really feel her sense of calm coming off the page. I really enjoyed learning more about meditation, and the breathing exercises (even written) were very helpful. It has been the perfect read over the last week during a particularly stressful and busy time, and just what I needed!

The story moves along at a good pace, but focuses on relationships between the residents of Winfield Hall and their families. Each resident has difficulties with their families that they are trying to overcome — whether that’s trying to work things out like Abi and Harry, or having to cut ties with difficult family members, like Aura and Edward. Victoria perfectly paints the conflicting feelings that arise when there are arguments between families, and the frustration when watching people you love self-destruct and make bad decisions. The romances are wonderfully written, tender and sweet, and completely believable.

This is another amazing read from Victoria. It’s incredibly comforting, with beautifully described scenes of the Sussex countryside during summertime. The characters are all so well created and three-dimensional. Plus, I really enjoyed the romance between Abi and Oscar/Edward, and Harry and Aura. I can’t wait to read the third book in the series!

The blurb for High Blue Sky

What would you sacrifice to be with the person you love?

Summer has arrived and it’s over a year since strangers Abigail and Edward bought Winfield Hall at auction and restored it together. Now, two new tenants are about to join them at their beautiful Georgian home.

Workaholic Harry Freeman has forgotten what it is to relax so when he meets healer, Aura Arden, and learns to meditate with her, he can’t believe how good he feels and he soon finds himself falling for her. But, with her bare feet and crystal beads, Aura’s not a big hit with Harry’s old-fashioned parents, and he finds himself torn between the people he loves most in the world.

It isn’t just Harry and Aura finding love. Summer has woven its spell over Edward and his brother Oscar, and both are making a play for Abi. But Abi isn’t happy at having to choose between these two very different men and, when Oscar’s behavior spirals out of control, she realizes that some decisions can have devastating consequences.

High Blue Sky is the second novel in the heart-warming 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 High Blue Sky on Amazon in paperback and Kindle (this is an affiliate link). It’s also available to read through Kindle Unlimited.

Blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources

Blog tour for High Blue Sky organised by Rachel's Random Resources

I reviewed High Blue Sky 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.

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