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Needing to escape her London life quickly, Eleanor throws her things into the back of her car, and heads to her erstwhile best friend Charlie’s family farm.
But Charlie isn’t there. Instead she finds Charlie’s grieving brother Daniel, her eight-month old daughter Hope (a daughter Eleanor had known nothing about), and a crumbling and unloved Damson Farm.
Damson Farm lies at the edge of the village of Ferrington, with the river Maddon flowing at its heart. But Ferrington is a village divided by more than just a river – it is split in two by an age-old feud – between the Old Side and the New Side. Eleanor has run from her problems, straight into a family and a world that has problems of its own.
But Damson Farm has magic too, and as winter gives way to spring, the old farm starts to come to life under Eleanor’s love and care. The orchard starts to blossom with daffodils and bluebells, and the sound of bees busy in their hives fills the warming air. Can Eleanor bring Daniel and the feuding village of Ferrington back to life too, or will her secrets catch up with her first?
Thanks to Boldwood Books and NetGalley, too For my copy of this book, here’s my honest review: This is a contemporary romance that starts with a crash As away from her home and job, Eleanor makes a dash. She’s a journalist who writes with a pseudonym or two About places she visits or dines in a witty, pointed review. She’s grabbed some things and driven away Planning with Charlie, her long term friend to stay. However, there are shocks for Eleanor in store As Charlie isn’t there any more. As events from the past are revealed Her reasons for running she keeps concealed. But as she gets to know Daniel, Charlie’s brother They grow close to one another. With notebooks sharing Charlie’s dreams Eleanor makes plans and sorts out schemes. Can she help make them all come true That’s what she’s hoping with friends to do. But all is not plain sailing for anyone As Eleanor’s reasons for running haven’t gone. There’s also an age-old feud, dividing the village in two, Can she help bring them together? What can she do? This is a story of making mistakes but then Being prepared to start a fresh again. Of daring to be true to yourself, letting go the past Being honest with others and yourself at last. There’s romance and mystery References to miners and eighties history, This is an inspirational, heartwarming romance That I highly recommend you give a chance!
Beth Moran is the author of three previous romance novels, including Making Marion. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest. Beth’s first novel for Boldwood, Christmas Every Day, was published in September 2019.
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