Kate Marshall is slowly getting her life back on track after losing her fiancé. As an author she has been able to hide herself away from the world and its expectations – but now one of her books has been optioned for a film and Hollywood suddenly comes knocking on her door!
When Kate is given the opportunity to stay at a beautiful country retreat and concentrate on the screenplay, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Encouraged by her best friend, sharp-tongued single mum Sarah, Kate sees it’s finally time to stop letting life pass her by.
Looking for confidence and inspiration in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, the last thing Kate expects is for Timothy Calder, A-list actor and leading man in the movie adaptation of her book, to turn up on her doorstep, hoping to lie low after his latest tabloid scandal! But after a rocky start, with Tim narrowly avoiding death by watering can, they find they have a few things in common: a liking for Lady Grey tea, walnut whips and bad ‘knock knock’ jokes. Actually, the bad jokes are just Tim.
As an unlikely friendship begins to blossom, and with circumstances repeatedly throwing them together, is Sunset Cottage where both Kate and Tim’s lives will really start?
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Kate Marshall is a successful author. She went through a difficult time when her fiancé passed away, but she's slowly starting to enjoy life again. One of her stories will become a movie and she's been asked to be present on set. Together with a good friend who's always looking out for her she's starting to get a social life again. She even has a chance to meet several famous actors. One of them is the actor Timothy Calder who is a womanizer. He has someone new very often and he doesn't want to get attached. He's the last person Kate wants to fall for and she doesn't think he'll be interested in her anyway, but slowly they're becoming good friends. When Kate isn't on set she spends most of her time with her best friend Sarah and the brother of her late fiancé whose name is Andy.
Sarah and Andy are looking after each other as well. Sarah has a sweet little girl, Amy, who's Kates Goddaughter. Unfortunately Amy's father is a trouble maker. Andy and Kate are trying to be there for Sarah and Amy as much as they can, but they can't protect them from him completely. Even though Kate is now part of a group of people with a more glamorous lifestyle she remains down to earth and friendly to everyone. Slowly she's coming out of her shell, but does that mean she'll find love again as well?
Tim is a famous actor who has everything he wants. He's never been in love and he has plenty of girlfriends. All the women he meets are falling for him and he's left many broken hearts. He's a serious actor who's very good at what he does, but his love life is a mess. Kate intrigues him and he wants to be friends with her. While spending time with her he's starting to feel more like himself. Only he's making a movie with someone who loves him obsessively and who isn't prepared to let him go that easily...
It Started at Sunset Cottage is an amazing book. I loved the close, but very different women, Sarah and Kate. It was great to see what happened in their lives and how things were evolving. For Kate good things are finally taking place, but Sarah is going through quite a tough time in her life and she needs her friends to be by her side. Both women deserve a happy ending and I couldn't wait to see if they would get it. I enjoyed reading this story very much. There were so many fun and interesting twists and turns. Bella Osborne has written a wonderful novel, I absolutely loved it.