Friday, June 5, 2020

Review - - A Cottage Wedding

A Cottage Wedding
by Leigh Duncan
Heart's Landing - Book 2
Publisher: Hallmark
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Reviewed by PJ

It’s more than a charming small town - - it’s a premier wedding destination.
But will one journalist ruin Heart’s Landing forever?

Tara Stewart’s boss at Weddings Today magazine sends her to Heart’s Landing to debunk its romantic legends. This could devastate the many local businesses who cater to weddings, from Forget Me Knot Florist to Dress for a Day.

The locals convince Jason Heart, the handsome descendant of the town’s founder, to show Tara around the town. But can he persuade her to believe in the romance?

PJ's Thoughts:

I love Hallmark movies. I love the sense of community, the realistic and likable main characters, the often quirky secondary characters, and, although there is typically some mild conflict, the guarantee of sweet romance with a happy ending. All of that is exactly what Leigh Duncan delivers in the charming second book of her Heart's Landing series, A Cottage Wedding

Duncan brings the small wedding-destination town of Heart's Landing to vivid life through her writing, in such detail that by the time I finished reading this book I could easily be convinced the town actually exists. I was charmed by the Captain's Cottage, the horse-drawn carriage, the town shops, and by the legend of a love for the ages that we all want for ourselves. Not to mention food. There is so much delicious food in this book. It should come with a drool warning. ;-)  Also, if you love cake (I love cake), you might want to keep a napkin handy while reading Chapter Six. Just saying. 😉

Jason is such a good guy. I loved his dedication to his family and to their history. I liked Tara too and understood her desperation to keep her job though it was hard to see her continue her deception after she and Jason got together, though, of course, I ultimately forgave her for her shortcomings. And Jason for his as well. They're good people, a great match, and I was cheering for them to find their way to one another. One of the things I appreciate about both books in this series is that Duncan gives her characters time to work through their relationship issues. It's a little more realistic than a meet, fall in love, and marry within two weeks kind of story.  

Reading A Cottage Wedding was like watching a movie in my mind, in a setting I'm eager to revisit. Duncan spins a charming, heartwarming tale that's as clearly portrayed on the pages of this book as it would be on screen. I don't know how many books she has planned for the series but I am more than ready for however many she has in the queue.


  1. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review PJ.

  2. I love sappy love stories made to TV films. I may not necessarily read the book, but if it's made to film, I will probably watch it. Most recently, I watched Virgin River based on the book of the same title by Robyn Carr on Netflix. I just noticed today that a 2nd season is scheduled. Looking forward to that.

    1. Karen, check out Sweet Magnolias on Netflix. It's based on the series of books of the same name by Sherryl Woods. I liked it even more than Virgin River Netflix.

      Also, I haven't received an email from you with your choice of two Vanessa Kelly books.

    2. I saw Sweet Magnolias too and loved it. I did send my info, but I'll resend if you didn't get. Thanks for the heads-up