Molly Baker is living her best life.
Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.
Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.
But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?
I love it when I get a big chunky book from one of my favourite authors, you just know it is going to be good. This is such a feel good story with lots of cute animals and of course romance. I found I really warmed to Molly the main character in the book as she is trying to do good by setting up a school for kids who have difficulties in main school, she kind of forgets about herself and I was wishing something lovely would happen for her.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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This title will be released on June 30, 2016.
1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm in north Cornwall, perched on a windswept cliff. There they meet the farmer’s daughter, Maggie, and against fields of shimmering barley and a sky that stretches forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war.
But in the sweltering summer of 1943 something happens that will have tragic consequences. A small lie escalates. Over 70 years on Alice is determined to atone for her behaviour – but has she left it too late?
2014, and Maggie’s granddaughter Lucy flees to the childhood home she couldn’t wait to leave thirteen years earlier, marriage over; career apparently ended thanks to one terrible mistake. Can she rebuild herself and the family farm? And can she help her grandmother, plagued by a secret, to find some lasting peace?
I feel very grateful to Sarah for sending me an advanced copy of her new book. After reading Sarah’s previous book the art of baking blind, I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for her next book. I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and I literally enjoyed every single minute that I was reading this book. I loved the story and the fact that it is set on a farm well that is my ideal setting. I am a big fan of animals and I use to work on a farm so the story brought back all my memories which was nice. The story goes from past to present which sometimes can become confusing but I didn’t find it at all. I enjoyed reading about 1943 and the way certain things were. An emotional story but you will be able to see light at the end of the tunnel. This is a book you do not want to miss out on reading.
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