A fun, contemporary Chick-Lit type novel written by the same British author who wrote "Bumps" and "Hitched."
Claire Snow inherits a falling-down cottage in a small village in England, and has to deal with a tenant whose pig, Brucie, lives in better conditions than he does (the cottage is really that bad!), relatives who covet the cottage for some unknown reason, and a hunky builder who gets under her skin.
When Claire inherits a house out of the blue she thinks she's struck it rich. But whiile the word cottage inspires images of romantic idyylls, there's nothing remotely heavenly about Paradise Cottage.
Being left a sweet little cottage in the country, by a great-aunt you didn't even know you had, sounds like a dream come true. At first, Claire thinks she's struck it rich. But Paradise Cottage isn't even remotely sweet. It's ugly, it's falling down, and there's a sitting tenant who keeps a pet pig in the living-room. Added to that, there's smug but hunky neighbour Aidan, a property developer who loves to point out that Claire might as well sell up now, seeing as she hasn't a hope of renovating the cottage herself. Which is absolutely the wrong thing to say; because if there's one thing Claire loves, it's a challenge. Even if her shifty cousin Geoffrey does seem convinced that Paradise Cottage really belongs to him. Just as Claire's getting into the swing of this DIY lark, she's hit by another bolt from the blue. The question is, why has her long-lost mother suddenly turned up out of nowhere? And is a reconciliation really all she wants?