Susan Wittig Albert's The Cottage Tales

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“The Cottage Tales” series written by Susan Wittig Albert are mystery novels (with some historical aspects too) that are meant to be read and enjoyed by book readers of any and all ages and just so happen to feature a slightly fictionalized Beatrix Potter (beloved author and illustrator). She wrote many Peter Rabbit books that came out in the early 1900s.

Beatrix is an animal lover who, in the year 1905, has purchased a farm in England's Lake district, a beautiful place to live. The farm that she has bought is a bit of a fixer upper, that she will have to work on to live there. She moves away from her London life where she is a Victorian age daughter-dutiful. Beatrix wants to a more independent life full of new things like hope, self-determination, and love. She is also trying to get over the death of her fiance.
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While Beatrix is off doing her stuff, the animals in the novel are doing theirs; which usually means they are trying to solve some crime that is being committed in their world.

“The Tale of Hill Top Farm” by Susan Wittig Albert is the first novel in the “Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter” series and was released in 2004. Beatrix Potter's animals set out to solve a mystery all on their own. At the same time, Beatrix sets out to get off on the right foot with these new neighbors of hers.

Fans of the novel enjoyed the setting, and how sweet and charming the novel is. There are realistic characters who act and talk like real people do; you get to know and love these people and animals over the course of things. This is a novel that is a cozy mystery that does not raise the pulse too much. Fans liked the peaks that Albert gives into the life of Beatrix Potter. Some feel this novel is like a kid's novel for adults. Some found themselves going to their Beatrix Potter collection to make sure they had read everything. The tale is to be read for the characters not the mystery

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