Book Review: Waste Not, Want Not in Applewell by Lilac Mills

Rating: 3.75/5

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction

Warnings: Hoarding and death of a parent (off page)

Read if you liked: The Switch

Review: George Nightingale has never let anything go, living by his father’s phrase of “waste not, want not” and for years he’s kept it a secret. He rarely leaves his house unless strictly necessary but now things seem to be changing with the addition of his new neighbor.

Nessa Millbrook is excited to settle in her new home of Applewell after her retirement. Everyone in the village delightfully friendly except for her neighbor and she isn’t one to back down from a challenge. As Nessa keeps reaching out, does George take a chance to change his life and make a friend?

It did take me a bit to get into this one but I am so glad I finished it! The story was told from dual perspectives, so I think you got a good gauge of the two main characters. The romance between them was really heartwarming, major slow burn. It was refreshing to read a story about a couple in their 50s, love is for everyone!

I spent a good amount of this book wanting to shake George while also feeling his pain. He was a warm and kind man behind his gruff exterior. I loved how kind Nessa was to everyone, especially with her neighbor Mairi. The side characters were also delighful and really cared about each other. If you need a feel good/hallmark movie vibes read, this should be on your list!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for proving this ARC for my honest opinion. Waste Not, Want Not in Applewell is released on May 6th.



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