Book Review: Ottercombe Bay Part One: Where There's a Will There's a Way by Bella Osborne

Ottercombe Bay - Part one (Ottercombe Bay Series) by [Osborne, Bella]
Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.
With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

Daisy is less than thrilled to be back in Ottercombe Bay, the quaint Devon town where she grew up. Having spent the majority of her adulthood travelling around the world in a bid to avoid ever having to go back there, the death of her Great Uncle Reg forces her to return to the seaside town for his funeral. However, Daisy has every intention of making a speedy retreat once the funeral is over, but when she discovers she has been left a significant inheritance from Great Uncle Reg her plans look set to change.
Daisy discovers she is now the proud owner of the dilapidated out-of-use railway station...or at least she will be on the condition that she stays in Ottercombe Bay for twelve months, then the railway station is hers to do with as she wishes.
But Daisy isn't sure she can hack staying in the town where her mother mysteriously died when she was a child. There are ghosts hovering round every corner and it's not long before Daisy feels suffocated by Ottercombe Bay, the memories and the residents. Will she take Reg up on his proposition or is she still planning on fleeing her hometown at the first opportunity?

As a humongous fan of Bella Osborne's books, I was really excited when I discovered the Ottercombe Bay series.  I love Bella's writing and I've followed her career for a good few years now. She never disappoints with the quality and content of her books and the first installment of the Ottercombe Bay series is no exception.
I loved the quirky setting of Ottercombe, it is your typical everyone-knows-everyone-else’s-business kinda’ place. It was a beautiful setting...cozy, quaint and right by the sea. Somewhere I would love to visit, however I completely understood and identified with Daisy’s reluctance to go back there. Daisy is very much a free spirit and doesn’t make a habit of staying in any one place for long, add to that the mystery surrounding her mother’s death in the town when she was a child, and it is no wonder that she can’t wait to leave pretty much as soon as she got back there.
Throw into the mix a bunch of wacky residents, all of whom Daisy knew when she was growing up. I loved Daisy’s Aunt Coral and, OF COURSE, Bugsy. Can we talk about Bugsy please?! I absolutely adored this little black pug with a cheeky streak. One of my favourite moments of the story was when Daisy took him for a walk & discovered she didn’t have a poo bag (we’ve all been there...) What happened next was hilarious, especially when local Policeman, Jason, appeared. I am plotting to steal Bugsy as we speak...
Tamsyn was a hilarious yet intense, but still rather brilliant character and I love Max and Jason too. There's definitely going to be a romance of some kind going on between some of these characters but I haven't quite worked out who will be playing potential tonsil tennis with who yet. Jason clearly likes Daisy, but Daisy and Max currently hate each other (and we all know what that means...I sense romance.)

Despite changing her mind multiple times, I am confident that Daisy will make the right decision and spend the twelve months in Ottercombe Bay in order to transform the railway station. But into what? I can't wait to find out. I'm really excited to join her (and the locals!) on this adventure.
I'm also really intrigued to find out the story behind her mothers death and I am sure that the longer Daisy remains in the town, the more information will come to light. Part One ended on a bit of a cliff hanger with regards to this and I am desperate to find out the story behind the mysterious locket.

Part One has kicked off the series in superb style and laid the foundations for what promises to be, a cracking story. Fantastic characters, a gorgeous setting and a good few juicy storylines which look set to take very interesting turns throughout the course of the story, Ottercombe Bay is THE place to be this spring.

Bring on Episode Two...I can't wait to be reunited with these characters already...


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