A family secret
One shocking argument and ten-year-old Alice Parker’s world was turned upside down. Her peaceful life at Honeysuckle Farm in the quiet rural village of Brook Bridge swapped for the bustling metropolis of New York City. Alice’s life was changed forever…
A second chance
Now, thirteen years later, Alice’s American dream is over. With her life in tatters, there is only one place Alice wants to be… home at Honeysuckle Farm. So, when Alice learns her beloved Grandie is ill, she knows this is her last chance to heal the family rift.
A forever home?
But secrets still swirl in Brook Bridge, and Alice is no closer to discovering the truth. And for some reason her new friendship with local heartthrob Sam Reid seems to be making the locals tense.
Sick of the lies Alice knows it’s time to lay the past to rest once and for all. But could the truth ruin her hopes of ever calling Honeysuckle Farm home again?
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My Review: I read one of Christie Barlow’s books last year and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading this one with all the hints of nystery and past unknowns that are in the blurb. We start with Alice overhearing an argument and suddenly leaving the farm where she’s lived for the first 10 years of her life. Fast forward and she’s then 23, in New York and questionning her life and whether she is happy or not. I have to admit that at this point I found Alice quite irritating. I can completely understand not being happy with life but she was being so defeatist that I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop it. Not long after this point she finds out her grandfather is ill and decides to head home to see him and to revisit the village she left so suddenly 10 years earlier.
Obviously to say more would spoil the story as nothing I’ve said so far is not already in the blurb above. Happily once Alice is back in the UK and dealing with her past and spending time with her Grandfather she does also show some maturity and, while she rightly has concerns about her future plans, the defeatist attitude disappears which I was pleased to see.
Honeysuckle Farm and Brook Bridge sounded lovely. The descriptions of both were so clear that I could envision everything with ease. There’s a certain comfort that comes from going back to somewhere where people have known you for years and that came across really well. The villagers themselves were well-rounded characters who brought the story to life.
This is one of those books that is a lovely, light read despite there being some serious scenes in it. While the serious parts are dealt with appropriately they don’t drag the book down from it’s summery feel. If you want a book full of warmth and hope then this one is definitely worth considering.
About Christie Barlow
Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream and A Home at Honeysuckle Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.
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