Paperback: 331 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2 Jun. 2016)
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!
I was very lucky to be given a pre-release copy of this book from the publishers and I was incredibly fortunate to read it on a gloriously sunny bank holiday weekend, while camping, with a glass of Pimms in my hand!
The book is fantastically sunny and upbeat and is a fantastic summer read. I could smell the country air, I could hear the animals. Brilliant!
Amber is a ballsy city girl with a fabulous job and an even more fabulous boyfriend. She decides that work is taking over and needs a break which happens to be at the same time her boyfriend decides to move to the farm of his elderly aunt. What follows is a fun adventure as Amber tries to find her feet and fit in, at the same time as trying to find out the dark secrets from Jake’s past!
Even though this is only Heidi Swain’s second novel, you can’t tell. It’s really well written and it’s predictable in the right places (not a criticism, it’s what you expect in this genre, it’s what we WANT) but just when you think you know exactly what is going to happen BOOM she throws you off course. Loved it!!
I think I’m a little bit of Amber at heart too – my idea of country life is glossy magazines, Boden shirts and Joules wellies….! haha!
Can’t wait for Heidi’s next book.