Book Review: The Talisman – Molly’s Story by Eliza J. Scott

Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true.

And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.

Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

The Talisman, Molly’s Story is book two in the Life on the Moors series.

Picking up a few months from where Kitty’s story left off, The Talisman focuses on Molly and Pip.

They have a dream to convert part of their farm into a glamping business. With everything looking as though it is slipping into place, Molly has never been happier, and she counts her blessings.

When tragedy strikes, Molly’s life feels like it is crumpling around her and nothing is going to fix it…

I am excited to be part of the blog tour for this novel especially on publication day.

I very much enjoyed Kitty’s story and was so happy to be back in Lytell Stangdale with Molly, Pip, Ollie, Kitty, Vi and the hilarious Jimby.

Reading the first novel will give you insight but you can very much read this as a standalone if you wanted to begin with this one.

The style of writing effortlessly pulled me in to the point where I pretty much read it in one sitting.

These novels have a large amount of warmth about them. They remind me of Trisha Ashley’s novels in that it’s like welcoming friends back and getting a big hug.

There are many lovely moments in this book.

There was one aspect of the book that had me in floods of tears, shouting ‘NO’ at the pages like a mad person.

There isn’t one character in this book I don’t like (well, if you don’t count one particular family which will become clear when you read it.)

I recommend The Talisman. It has a rollercoaster of emotions. It is heartwarming, bittersweet and full of love, friendship and hope.


About Eliza:

Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

For more information about Eliza, visit her blog,, TwitterInstagram, Facebook, Goodreads, and Bookbub. 

Click to view The Talisman: Molly’s Story at Amazon UK, and Amazon US. It has been released today (4th February 2019 and is available to buy now.) 




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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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