Escape To Mulberry Cottage
By: Victoria Connelly
The phrase "You can take the girl out of the country, but not the country out of the girl" truly applies to author Victoria Connelly. After spending 11 years living in London with her husband, they trade city life for the country. Escape to Mulberry Cottage is their story of finding their country home and takes you through the village they now live in.
Victoria has lovely memories of her childhood living in the Norfolk countryside: strawberry picking & "making dens from derelict barns". While she moved away when she was 9, she always wanted to go back. So, after 11 years of marriage, she and her artist husband, Roy, begin looking for that country gem to live out the next chapter of their lives in. Eight months into their search, complete with the usual disappointment & heartbreak house hunting brings, they find Mulberry Cottage. After going to see it, they knew this cottage in a Suffolk village was where they were meant to be.
Getting the cottage is only the beginning of this wonderful adventure. Victoria takes you through the village and lane they now call home, introducing you to the neighbor cottages, animals, and sights. By the time you finish the book, you feel like you are among the residents.
Many readers often wonder where the books they love are written. And while not all of Victoria's have been done at Mulberry Cottage, you get to see where future books are born and brought to light. Victoria does an amazing job of making you feel welcome and included. You love her rescue hens, and feel the sadness with her when one leaves earlier than planned. You find the fun in the quirkiness of country life- like getting your Internet connection through a satellite on the pub half a mile away. Mostly, you come to know why the author and her husband fall in love with their cottage and the village, and you come to love it, as well. The peaceful feeling that they feel while there overcomes you, too.
I loved reading this book and look forward to her next one involving Mulberry Cottage. I loved looking at the photos included that gave little glimpses into her country life. It was nice to see the world one of my favorite authors lives in. Having lived in both the country and the city before, there were so many things I could relate to. Victoria also includes a question & answer section regarding their cottage and new life, which was so fun to read. For some, country life is a gem meant to be loved and shared, and I thank Victoria for doing just that with her readers.