Erryn reviews Spring Strings by Lily Morton. Published May 18, 2020, 150 pages. The audiobook was released November 30, 2022, is 4 hrs and 56 mins and is narrated by Joel Leslie. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read it: Lily Morton and Joel Leslie? I couldn’t wait.
Malachi Booth is a supermodel. He’s used to moving about the world, sleeping with whoever takes his fancy, and watching the money roll in. The last place he expects to find himself is on a run-down farm in Cornwall, but a bad bout of bronchitis means that he’s stuck there. The only compensation for this dismal state of affairs is that the farmer is very good looking, even if he’s the grumpiest person that Malachi has ever met.
Cadan Landry’s farm has been in his family for hundreds of years but that doesn’t make it any easier to make ends meet. As a consequence, Cadan could be called grumpy. Most men would consider a supermodel collapsing at their feet while dressed in the skimpiest pair of briefs ever made to be a sign of good fortune. Cadan just resents the fact that the young man is taking up space in his cow field.
These two men are from different worlds, but can they ever meet in the middle?
From best-selling author Lily Morton comes a novella about snarky models, misconceptions, and finding a home in the most unlikely of places.
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This story is mostly – but not all – from Malachi’s point of view. That means we get to see his laissez-faire attitude as well as his clear impressions of the grumpy Cadan. Now, Cadan has reasons for being grumpy – that were super heart-breaking – but he finds a way to accommodate the sick Malachi while still holding down the fort. Or, rather, the farm.
As with all Lily Morton stories, there are moments of great hilarity. Malachi’s adventure in the kitchen being one I could completely relate to. There were also moments of great depths – when the men really look into each other’s soul and find the hurt. And I got my happy ending with a lovely grand gesture so, yay!
The incomparable Joel Leslie was back narrating. He and Lily make a dynamic duo and it’s as if they’re made for each other. I’m hoping for more from them in this new year. Totally enjoyed and totally recommend.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she got her Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams, and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing because how else would she get to spend her time with hot, funny men?
And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.