Delighted to be one of the blogs opening this Blog Tour
on Publication Day
17 March 2021
My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
and to Rachel's Random resources for the invitation to be part of the blog tour
The Secrets of Meadow FarmhouseEscape to the countryside with a heart-warming new novel from Katie Ginger, author of Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage.
Amelia loves her life in Paris. But with the surprise inheritance of her childhood home, Meadow Farmhouse, she has no choice but to return to the small village of Meadowbank to restore her great-aunt’s old farmhouse. However returning to Meadowbank means she has to confront her past,including old flame Adam.When Amelia discovers a locket hidden in the farmhouse, containing the picture of a mysterious World War Two soldier, she starts to uncover the secrets of her great-aunt’s past and is drawn further into village life. Shocked by the warm welcome from the villagers and her own surprising feelings for first love Adam, Amelia is suddenly confused as to where she truly belongs.
Can Amelia finally confront her own past and find where her heart truly calls home.
📖 My Thoughts...
Amelia has a settled life in Paris but when she hears the news that she has received a surprise inheritance, she needs to return to Meadow Farm, a place which holds bittersweet memories of her time growing up there with her taciturn, great-aunt Vera. Amelia's rather chic Parisian lifestyle finds her unprepared for the warmth of welcome she receives from the villagers of Meadowbank, but as they welcome Amelia back into the fold, so she must confront her own thoughts and feelings about why she hasn't been back to Meadow Farmhouse in over ten years.
The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse is a beautifully descriptive story about life in a small English village. There's a nice element of mystery, a 'will they, won't they rekindling of romance, and a cast of quirky villagers whose hearts of gold, and occasional sharp tongues, really bring the story to life.
Amelia's slow progress with the farmhouse, and her indecision about selling the property and moving back to Paris, is one of the dilemma's she faces but there's also a mystery to solve before Amelia can make up her mind about her future. Confronting the past is a theme which runs throughout the story for not only is Amelia uncovering secrets from long ago but she is also looking at her own troubled past, and most particularly her relationship with Adam, her first love, who holds a special place in her heart, and who still lives in Meadowbank village.
The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse is perfect escapism for a rainy afternoon, beautifully written by an author who writes with such consummate ease, and who brings time, place and people so vividly to life that they leap off the page and into your heart. I do hope that this is not the first visit we make to Meadowbank, as I am sure there are lots more lovely stories to be told about this quintessential English village.
KATIE GINGER lives by the sea in the south-east of England, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big as your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse is her seventh novel. She is also the author of the Swallowtail Bay series – Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay, Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay and Winter Wishes at Swallowtail Bay, Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage and the Seafront series – The Little Theatre on the Seafront, shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and Summer Season on the Seafront.
When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time with her husband and two kids, and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)