Poppy’s Recipe for Life – Heidi Swain


Book: 432 pages  (Paperback and eBook)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 2019)

Book Description:

Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach.

She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies.

But the unexpected arrival of Poppy’s troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for …

My Review:

This is our second journey back to Nightingale Square, following Heidi’s book Sunshine and Sweetpeas in Nightingale Square, and it was a pleasure to return. (This book can be read without having read the first book but I would recommend the first one so you know who the characters are and some of the background to the community garden.)

As usual, Heidi has done an excellent job of creating a wonderful setting and characters. I really love how she manages to create such vivid settings – and a sense of community – and she puts you, the reader, right in the centre of the action. I think this is a real skill and, considering Heidi has only been a published author for 5 years, she does it really well.

The story follows Poppy as she moves into Nightingale Square, tries to make friends with her grumpy neighbour, juggles a difficult relationship with her mum, tries to reconnect with her estranged brother and tries to hold down a job. I really enjoyed reconnecting with the characters in Nightingale Square as well as meeting the new characters and I hope to see more stories set around this lovely community – I would love to see the character of Mark explored a bit more too.

This is a lovely, uplifting summery read – perfect to read during these long days stuck indoors. My only gripe is that, as will all of Heidi’s books, it made me want to cook, bake and eat!

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