Sunday, 7 October 2012

Review of Move Over Darling by Christine Stovell

Move Over Darling is the first book by author Christine Stovell that I have read and I loved it.

The story is set between Penmorfa, a sleepy Welsh village and New York. Coralie Casey has escaped her past and her busy corporate life by setting up ‘Sweet Cleans’, a range of natural beauty and cleaning products in Penmorfa. Gethin Lewis is a world famous artist living in New York, but is originally from the village. Both Gethin and Coralie are desperately trying to escape their past when they first meet.

The locals of Penmorfa have turned against Gethin and felt betrayed by his most famous painting ‘Last Samba before Sunset’. So, it comes as a surprise to many when he offers to donate a painting that can be auctioned to help pay for the new community hall. There is, however, one clause – the subject of the painting must be Coralie and she must go to New York to sit for the painting.

I loved the setting of Penmorfa and all of the local characters. Although, mainly set in Wales, the storyline does also take us to New York and I enjoyed Stovell’s vivid descriptions of this famous city.

There are lots of smaller stories woven into the plot of the novel and this is a part I really enjoyed, as I felt we got to know the other characters. I particularly looked forward to reading about Kitty and the two village gossips; Delyth and Mair. Doris Day songs are also interwoven in the storyline and fit with the mood – this is a lovely touch.

Move Over Darling is another un-putdownable love story from Choc Lit. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Thank you to Choc Lit for sending me a copy to review.

Move Over Darling is available to buy now:


  1. I do love a Choc Lit title, they have some great authors.
    Thanks for the review. On my wishlist :)

    carol x

  2. Thank you, Sarah - I'm delighted you enjoyed it!