Review: Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Disclaimer: I won this book in a competition run by Becca’s Books. I was not asked to review the book as a term of this competition.


Holly Swift has just landed the job of her dreams: events co-ordinator at Wickham Hall, the beautiful manor home that sits proudly at the heart of the village where she grew up. Not only does she get to organise for a living and work in stunning surroundings, but it will also put a bit of distance between Holly and her problems at home.

As Holly falls in love with the busy world of Wickham Hall – from family weddings to summer festivals, firework displays and Christmas grottos – she also finds a place in her heart for her friendly (if unusual) colleagues.

But life isn’t as easily organised as an event at Wickham Hall (and even those have their complications…). Can Holly learn to let go and live in the moment? After all, that’s when the magic happens…

Image via Goodreads

What I liked:

This book is a very fast-paced, action-filled read, and perfect for reading sat in your back gardent with afternoon tea. Downton Abbey fans will love the grandeur and splendor of Wickham Hall.

Each of the characters comes with their own flaws and back stories, and it did really made for interesting reading to find out just why Holly’s mam is a hoarder, or what Ben really wants from life. 

The best part is that at the end of the book is that there are some wonderful recipes, both sweet and savoury, at the back of the book to try out.

What I didn’t like:

I didn’t think Ben and Holly suited to each other at all – they came from tally different backgrounds and didn’t really seem to have much in common. 

They also seemed a bit toxic for each other – between Ben contacting Holly’s dad behind her back, or Holly’s almost Bella-from-Twilight-esque pining for Ben when he went away for a trip. This was one couple I wasn’t rooting for to get together.

The ending was also slightly predictable, but anyone who’s well versed in chick lit will get that.

Out of five:

Three. A lovely story, but the mismatched romance – with its potential touch of incest – didn’t hit the mark for me. 


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