Book: 430 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (29th April 2021)
Fliss Brown has grown up living with her mother on the Rossi family’s Italian fruit farm. But when her mother dies, Fliss finds out she has a family of her own, and heads back to England with Nonna Rossi’s recipe for cherry and almond tart and a piece of advice: connect with your family before it is too late…
Fliss discovers that her estranged grandfather owns a fruit farm himself, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, and she arrives to find a farm that has fallen into disrepair. Using her knowledge gleaned from working on the Rossi farm and her desire to find out more about her past, Fliss rolls her sleeves up and gets stuck in. But what will she discover, and can she resurrect the farm’s glory days and find a taste of home…?
I have made no secret of the fact that I LOVE Heidi’s writing – I have read all of her books and I have a Heidi Swain shelf in my office. I’ve had this book sat in my TBR pile since January but I’ve had reader’s block and I’ve really struggled to pick up anything but I knew anything Heidi Swain would be the perfect book to break this block.
The book starts in Puglia, Italy and the aftermath of Fliss Brown’s mother’s funeral. We see Fliss with her Italian family, struggling with her grief when she is given a letter from her mother informing her that she has a family she didn’t know about back in England. We see Fliss say goodbye to the lovely Rossi family and set off for the family farm on the outskirts of Wynbridge.
Fliss’s character is really likeable (as with all of Heidi’s characters) and it was lovely to be back in Wynbridge, catching up with old friends. I always feel like I am one of the locals at the Mermaid. The novel explores difficult family relationships, grief, romance, deception, friendship, food….! As always, Heidi’s extensive research on her main topic (this time its fruit farming) shines through, as does her love of food and baking.
I really loved this book – it felt really summery for me. And Puglia is on my list of places to visit (when we can). If you are looking for something to fill a few hours, make you smile, uplift you and restore your faith in humanity then this is the book for you.
Another cracker from Heidi Swain.
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