Monday, 6 June 2016

Book Review: Summer at Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain.

For everyone dreaming of escaping to the country, fall in love this summer at Skylark Farm...
Amber is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriend Jake Somerville suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn't quite know how to react. But work has been hectic and she needs a break so she decides to grasp the opportunity and make the best of it.
Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined - it's cold and dirty and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling.
But Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. But can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different?
A story of love in the countryside from the author of the bestselling The Cherry Tree Café. Perfect for Escape to the Country dreamers, Cath Kidston fans and Country Living addicts!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After the success of last year's debut The Cherry Tree Cafe, Summer at Skylark Farm introduces us to Amber and Jake, who forgo their stressful careers in London for country life. Unfortunately Amber learns that that life on a farm is not without it's own problems, from flapping geese and stroppy hens, to conniving ex girlfriends just waiting to see her fail.

Amber takes it all in her flowery wellie-clad stride, and settles down to her new life, eager to make friends and to prove to Jake and everyone that she is more than a city girl. She's hard-working, and determined to make it work.

Jake is her boyfriend, whose heart has always been on his aunt's farm, and he is overjoyed when Amber follows him back to the countryside, even if her initial attempts at cake baking would make Mary Berry weep.

Harriet and Jessica quickly make Amber feel welcome, and Jessica is delighted when Amber offers to help organise her wedding. 

But there's a storm brewing when a face from the past turns up...

I loved it! It's a sweet, gentle, feel-good read, with both comedy and turmoil thrown in. And it was lovely to meet some of the characters from The Cherry Tree Cafe! I love books like this, when there are links to previous books - it's like meeting up with old friends. Hopefully we'll be able to catch up with the characters from this book in the future!

You can buy the ebook here (other retailers are available!), but if you want a sneaky preview, click here for my turn on the Blog Tour, where you can read a chapter excerpt.

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