The Little Book Of Lost Hearts

The Little Book Of Lost HeartsChristmas in Fools Castle will never be the Book OfEpub #226same againNothing much happens around here, but that suits Antoinette Ellis perfectly She wants the cocoon the village provides Fate has taken too many of her loved ones, and all she has left is her brother, and their late sister’s daughter, Tabitha Antoinette gave up her future to look after her young niece, but her sacrifice hasn’t gone unnoticed When a stranger called Rufus moves into the grim little house opposite her cottage, odd things start to happen in Fools The LittleePUB #10003Castle He admits he’s not the person he appears to be, but he won’t reveal who he really is And what secrets lie within that tatty old book of his, which no one is allowed to look inside? A miracle is long overdue, but the season for miracles is just around the corner.

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  • ebook
  • 81 pages
  • The Little Book Of Lost Hearts
  • Valerie-Anne Baglietto
  • English
  • 22 June 2017

10 thoughts on “The Little Book Of Lost Hearts

  1. Sharon Booth says:

    At this time of year, there is nothing better than settling down on the sofa and losing yourself in a story full of love, hope and a hint of mystery and magic. The Little Book Of Lost Hearts is exactly that. A festive treat and a proper fairytale for grown-ups.
    Set in the enchantingly named village of Fools Castle in the days leading up to Christmas, this story has the feel-good factor and will leave you feeling all warm and cosy inside, as well as remembering the days when Christmas was truly magical and you really believed in Santa.
    Antoinette Ellis has lost her heart. It happened quite unexpectedly when her beloved sister and brother-in-law died and she took over the care of her niece, Tabitha, the only survivor of the horrendous fire which killed her parents. Antoinette, or Nettie, grieving and in shock, determined to do the right thing by the little girl, puts all her own dreams and hopes aside. In spite of his protests that he wants to be with her and help her take care of Tabitha, Nettie says goodbye to the man she loves, knowing that his career plans did not include the guardianship of a child.
    Leaving London and her old life behind, she returns to her childhood home of Fools Castle, where her brother Sawyer is in a similar situation, taking care of his two stepchildren after the death of his wife. Life for them both revolves around caring for the children and earning a living.
    Then one day, a stranger arrives in Fools Castle. Rufus is an unusual man, obviously not used to socialising, the “black sheep” of his “famous” family. In spite of all Antoinette’s efforts, Rufus will not reveal anything more about them or himself, but before long he is part of her life and proves popular with the children, too.
    But someone else is heading to Fools Castle, and before long Nettie will have to face up to her past and the decisions she once made, as well as accepting what her future may hold if she doesn’t change course. Can she reclaim her heart and find her way back to love? Or is she destined for a life of sacrifice and ultimately loneliness? And what, if anything, does Rufus have to do with all this?
    This is a short story which can be read in a couple of hours. In the hectic run-up to Christmas, take the time to curl up by the fire, beside the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, and lose yourself in this delightful festive treat. Look back to the time you believed in magic, and remember, you’re never too old for fairytales.

  2. Karen says:

    I really enjoyed this novella and it had my attention from the first page – it’s perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas with an engaging cast of characters and a magical feel to the story.

    Antoinette lives in a cottage in Fools Castle, with her young niece Tabitha, following the sudden death of Tabitha’s parents. She has put her own life and dreams aside to make sure that Tabitha feels safe and secure but when a mysterious stranger, Rufus, moves into the rented cottage opposite, events force Antoinette to review her life and she has to decide whether she wants to continue to play it safe or take a chance.

    Besides Tabitha, Antoinette’s only other remaining family is her older brother Sawyer, who lives in Fools Castle with his two step children. Sawyer could be a bit of a grump and his natural instinct to protect his sister, often put the two of them into conflict however I liked the way that Antoinette stood up to him when he tried to interfere. Although this a short read, there is still enough of a story and background to make it interesting with well-drawn characters.

    The village of Fools Castle – and a few of its inhabitants – will be appearing in the author’s next full-length work, due for release in 2014. I will certainly be looking out for this one.

  3. Anne says:

    This was a lovely introduction to the village of Fools Castle in Cheshire - which will be the setting for the author's next full-length book - and to Antoinette who gave up on her plans for life to look after her late sister's daughter Tabitha. A stranger called Rufus moves into the house opposite hers - they become friends but he keeps a sense of mystery, and he certainly brings about big changes in Antoinette's life.

    There's an edge of real sadness to this story, with Antoinette having lost people close to her and given up the love of her life - but there's a lovely warmth in her relationship with Tabitha and with her curmudgeonly brother Sawyer. Rufus is a wonderful creation, and the whole story has a fantastic feel-good feeling with a touch of real magic. I loved the author's writing style, and I'm delighted I already have her other two recent releases, Once Upon A Winter and The Trouble With Knights In Shining Armour, already waiting on my Kindle.

  4. Maryline M& says:

    I love a good Christmas novella and this one definitely makes you all "Christmassy". Antoinette's family obviously went through a lot and you really hope, with all your heart, that things will get better for her. I found her a very selfless, kind and generous person, but I was worried about how she seems to hide herself and her few loved ones from the rest of the world. I was confused and excited at the same time to see her opening up to Rufus, her new neighbour... and stranger. This stranger however might just be the one that gets her out of hiding.
    I loved how Valerie-Anne kept me guessing about Antoinette's past, and how I couldn't make my mind up about Rufus. Is he meddling and controlling... or does he just have that magical spark? You'll just have to see for yourself.
    Little Book of Lost Hearts is a very charming and heart warming novella, one you should definitely read this season!

  5. Keely says:

    A Magic Christmas Read.

  6. Kerry says:

    Loved this! Everyone should read it on the run up to Christmas :-)

  7. Katey says:


    A short story that is full of life. I felt as if I were one of the neighbours at Fools Castle seeing the story unfold. It felt as if it snowed all through the novella! Very sweet, expertly crafted into a short tale that does not lack depth. Very happy to see a stand alone sequel to this that I am heading off to buy now.

  8. Suze Lavender says:

    Nettie lives in a quiet little village, which is exactly what she wants. She's raising her niece who needs stability and a safe environment. Nettie has lost so much, but for Tabitha she keeps going, she's her number one priority. Her brother lives nearby, he's also a single parent. Together they offer everything they have to give.

    When Rufus moves into a cottage that used to be empty Nettie visits to say hello and to get to know her new neighbor. They instantly become friends and because of Rufus Nettie's life is becoming a lot nicer. She has someone to talk to and she could certainly use a good friend. Only Rufus isn't going to stay. Will Nettie open her heart and focus on what she wants for a change?

    The Little Book of Lost Hearts is a wonderful winter story. It's a lovely contemporary fairytale and I liked it a lot. The setting is beautiful, I could picture the village and everyone in it so well. Even though Nettie and her brother have suffered they keep going. Nettie is such a strong person and she's very sweet, but she's also given up the idea that she can ever be really happy again. When Rufus appears things gradually start to change. He doesn't want to say who he really is and I had a lot of fun guessing.

    Even though this is a holiday story I think it's perfectly suitable to read at any time of year. It's a wonderful story and a terrific, sweet and lovely fairytale.

  9. Joanne says:

    I read and thoroughly enjoyed Four Sides to Every Story earlier this year so was delighted to have the chance to go back in time as it were to meet some of the characters before the events of that story. This short read focuses on Antoinette, living in Blackthorne Cottage with her orphaned niece Tabitha. She has loved and lost in the past and now lives to make life as good as it can be for Tabitha. When a mysterious stranger rents one of the other cottages, some strange things start happening. Just who is Rufus, how does he seem to just know things about people and who are his famous family which he is reluctant to talk about. Can he help Antoinette to start living for herself again and love again?

    This was a lovely warm story which despite its short length, gives the reader plenty of insight into the characters of Antoinette and her brother Sawyer though Rufus remains a bit more enigmatic until the end. I thought I had him all worked out but I was wrong!

    Perfect festive reading which will definitely leave you with a smile on your face and a warm glow inside!

  10. Annie Burrows says:

    A magical, heart-warming Christmas short story.

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