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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

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 CafĂ©. Perfect for Escape to the Country dreamers, Cath Kidston fans and Country Living addicts!

Title:        Summer at Skylark Farm
Author:    Heidi Swain
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Date:        June 2nd 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon   US: Amazon

My Review

Another super book from the delightful Heidi Swain.

Amber has a high powered job in the city which is her whole life. That is until she meets Jake who offers her a chance to taste the country life by moving into Skylark farm which belongs to his auntie Annie.

It doesn't take long for Amber to fall head over heels  in love with the place and she fits in really well but soon she discovers that secrets have been kept from her and Jake's ex, Holly, seems determined to get her claws back into him no matter what.

I was really taken with Amber's character and the way she threw herself into any challenges that came her way, she had a lovely relationship with Annie and made some great friends in the village.
I loved the descriptions of Skylark Farm and Meadowview Cottage and really felt as though I was there attending the May Fair and being a part of the community myself. It was also nice to revisit the Cherry Tree cafe and see how Lizzie and Jemma were doing.

I felt sorry for Amber as I really think Jake over reacted but he was helped into that situation by the trouble causers who made an innocent situation seem much worse.
Congratulations to Heidi for an excellent second novel and I can't wait for the next one. It's been a real treat watching Heidi embark on her writing journey and I've had the pleasure of meeting her on a number of occasions now.

Huge thanks to netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the review copy.

Book Angels x

About the Author

Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she finally plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enjoys the company of a whole host of feisty female characters.

Heidi can be found at the keyboard at all hours of the day and night and quite often scribbling longhand in her car during her lunch break. She lives in stunning south Norfolk with her wonderful family and a mischievous cat called Storm.

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