Book Three in bestselling sensation Nicola May’s gorgeous new series – catch up with Book One, WELCOME TO FERRY LANE MARKET, and Book Two, STARRY SKIES IN FERRY LANE MARKET, now!
39-year-old Glanna Pascoe – also known as ‘the Rainbow Painter’ – runs the Hartmouth Gallery in Ferry Lane Market in Cornwall. She is just getting her head and broken heart around being single, childless, and sober when Cupid flies in, shooting arrows all over the place.
Meeting the mysterious and fascinating Isaac Benson, famous local artist, and recluse, allows Glanna’s disillusioned heart and attitude to soften, and she begins to learn more about herself than she ever thought possible. Confused by her growing feelings for Isaac, Glanna throws herself into organising a life-drawing class at her gallery, using both male and female nudes – and setting local tongues wagging.
A theft from her gallery and the return of ex-love Oliver Trueman cause Glanna to wonder if a pot of gold will be appearing at the end of her rainbow. And will it bring her the happiness, she has sought for so long?
Glanna is the owner of Hartmouth Gallery in Ferry Lane Market and is an artist herself. In Hartmouth Gallery you’ll find pictures created by other artist but Glanna too. Glanna found herself the owner of the Gallery after she sabotaged her relationship with her long term boyfriend Oliver because he wanted to have children and she didn’t. However, Glanna does like children but doesn’t understand the reason why she doesn’t want children of her own and has mixed feelings on the subject. When an artist that Glanna is meant to collaborate with lets her down her path crosses with the famous and mysterious artist Isaac Benson. When a painting that Isaac lends Glanna for the Gallery goes missing and fate brings Oliver back into Glanna’s life again, Glanna is forced to take stock of her life and some difficult subjects.
There’s something about the Ferry Lane Market series that I truly love. Like the other books in the series I loved the storyline. It was absorbing, heart-warming with relatable characters at the heart of the story. So to know that this was the last book in the trilogy made me a little sad as I would have happily carried on reading books in this series until the end of time. The Ferry Lane Market series has definitely become a comfort read for me and a place I look forward to visiting with the turn of each page.
It was nice to meet a completely new character in Glanna but also to catch up with established characters that have already appeared in Ferry Lane Market. One of my favourite things about Glanna is the fact that she’s just obsessed with rainbows because I am too. Every time she sees a rainbow she’d take a picture of it on her phone and then would try and replicate/incorporate it into her art. What I also liked about Glanna as a character is that she doesn’t try to be perfect. She owns her flaws and learns from her past. She’s not had it easy even though she comes from quite a privileged background. She’s made some big mistakes, some of which were very serious and had issues with alcohol but she’s overcome these. So although Glanna sees her mistakes as character flaws and that she’s wasted her life because of alcohol and a misspent youth it’s those same things that are her strength and make her into the person she is today.
Although this is a story about Glanna finding herself there is also a second chance romance storyline running parallel to the main storyline. As soon as I was introduced to Oliver, how he met Glanna and their interactions it was clear that they were meant to be together. The only subject that tore them apart is the subject of children. The more Glanna explores the reason for not wanting children she finds herself on a journey questioning the reason behind her decision but also that it is tied to her own relationship with her mother.
The Ferry Lane Market series is a trilogy that I would highly recommend and is one of my favourite series. The books can be read as standalones but I would recommend reading all the books because it’s hard not to fall in love with Ferry Lane Market and its inhabitants.
Nicola May writes ‘chick lit with a kick’ and is the internationally bestselling author of
eleven romantic comedies. All have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK across all genres in January 2019 and March 2020 respectively. It was also the second best-selling eBook of 2019 in the UK. Nicola’s books have also been sold in many languages.
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