Emma Davies returns to the blog with a story of a place and a year, and all the changes taking place with
A Year at Appleyard Farm
I’ve yet to find a story from Emma Davies that I don’t like: each one leaves me with a smile, hope and some new characters to love. This book, a compilation of four stories that are tied together by our first heroine, Freya, all bring light, friendship and new possibilities to the forefront.
Told over the span of a year, each section focuses on Freya or one of her friends and brings the sense of the seasonal changes and glories that are offered. From Freya finding new direction and reconnecting with her first (and only) love, to her friend Merry’s expanding family and new challenges with a village store that brings everything together and gives new hope and happiness to the home she and her husband bought – we’ve traversed trials and found a sense of place and the scenery, ever-changing, around them.
Summer brings us Willow and her little family as she tries to plan for changes to her strawberry farm and the items she can create. Adding a new opportunity that will take off with Merry, we deal with her own insecurities, trouble with her father-in-law and her mysterious and possibly magical recipe book with her own special brand of ‘knowing’. Lastly, we have Laura, she’s isolated herself after her husband’s death while working at another local farm. She’s found her own ‘community’ along her little lane, and slowly both Freya and her soon-to-be brother-in-law help her to find new friends, opportunities and hope, just when she thought all was lost.
Davies creates communities with disparate people and brings them together – each working their own magic, dealing with issues, and growing and changing in common causes, with plenty of people to get to know. It’s the true meaning of ‘village life’ when they band together to uplift, protect, and enjoy one another – allowing us a chance to escape and smile.
Title: A Year at Appleyard Farm
Author: Emma Davies
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 3 September, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ Barnes&Noble
Down a winding lane lined with strawberry trees and wildflowers lies Appleyard Farm, a beautiful orchard in the English countryside. And in a little farmhouse in the furthest corner, a young woman has a difficult decision to make…
Life on Appleyard Farm is all Freya Sherbourne has ever known. Having spent her childhood playing in the emerald green meadows and berry picking until sunset, Freya intends to call the farmhouse home forever. But when her father suddenly passes away and Appleyard Farm goes up for sale, Freya’s world comes crashing down.
Holding back the tears, she starts packing boxes while waiting for a buyer. Now the river no longer sparkles, and the apples taste a little less sweet. Until Freya learns the exciting news that her best friends Merry and Willow are moving nearby to open a local shop. And when someone from her past re-emerges, handsomer than ever and offering to mend the cracks in her broken heart, Freya’s eyes begin to twinkle once again.
But falling in love is scary, especially when you don’t know what the future holds. And when Freya discovers that her new love has been keeping a secret, one that threatens both their fragile relationship and the farm, she risks losing everything.
With the clock ticking, will Freya choose to follow her heart or save the farm? Or can she find a way to do both?
Told in four parts, this is a gorgeous story about love, friendship and new beginnings. Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson should grab a cup of hot chocolate, curl up on the sofa and prepare to be carried away!
A Year at Appleyard Farm was previously published as four short stories: Merry Mistletoe, Spring Fever, Gooseberry Fool, and Blackberry Way.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.