Aunt Dimity and the Enchanted Cottage
by Atherton, Nancy

"It's early May in the small English village of Finch and the air is crackling with excitement: a newcomer is about to move into Pussywillows, a riverside cottage with a romantic reputation. Will the cottage's newest resident prove yet again its enchanting ability to matchmake? But when Crispin Windle arrives, no one knows what to make of him: seemingly a loner, he repels every welcoming gesture and appears altogether uninterested in being a part of the community. Soon, the townspeople have all but dismissed him. Only Lori and Tommy Prescott, a young army veteran who recently moved to Finch, refuse to give up. They orchestrate a chance meeting that leads to a startling discovery: a set of overgrown ruins. They are, Aunt Dimity shares, the remains of a Victorian woolen mill that once brought prosperity to Finch. As the three explore, they stumble upon the unmarked graves of children who died working at the mill. Heartbroken, Lori, Tommy, and Mr. Windle get to work on the seemingly impossible task of identifying the children to give them a proper burial. And as Mr. Windle works tirelessly to name the forgotten children, he slowly begins to open up-giving the romantic cottage a chance to heal his heart as well"-

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty-four Aunt Dimity mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The residents of Finch, a tiny village in the Cotswalds, are gathered for a Finch tradition-the moving-van vigil, in which locals observe new arrivals. They are soon disappointed: along come unmarked moving boxes and shabby furniture, and there's barely a glimpse of their new neighbor, bachelor Crispin Windle. Later that day, Lori Shepherd and her friend Tommy see Windle with a look of such despair on his face that they are concerned. The residents of Finch swing into action with Windle Watch, hoping to learn more while providing a steady stream of visitors bringing casseroles, books, and crafts. Meanwhile, Lori's friend Bree inadvertently passes along a bit of gossip about her soon to be uncle-in-law, Mr. Barlow, greatly angering him, and her guilt causes her to break off her engagement with Barlow's nephew. With ghostly Aunt Dimity's help, all ends happily as Lori and friends unravel the Windle mystery as he shares a tragic part of Finch's history with his new neighbors. The caring community, its quirky characters, and the warm depiction of family life will appeal to readers of Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow cozies. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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