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?
A Home at Honeysuckle Farm was published on the 6th April 2018 by HarperImpulse. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book for this review.
Once again, Christie Barlow has written a truly wonderful novel which transports her reader to an idyllic place through her wonderful writing style and well rounded characters! I did not want this book to end!
Back when she was a child, Alice lived on a delightful farm with her mother and Grandie however after a terrible argument, Alice was whisked away to New York leaving her beloved Grandie behind. Years later, Alice is frankly miserable living in New York, and when her long time friend tells her that Grandie isn’t in good health, despite not speaking to him since her Mum took her away, she doesn’t hesitate to get on a plane back to England.
Alice is a lovely character, I warmed to her from the outset. Barlow immediately takes her reader into the journey with Alice – we share every emotion with her as she travels to England and immediately feels like she’s home. But it’s clear that she is torn between feeling home and her Mum left behind in New York. Alice is determined to heal the family rift – easier said than done when 13 years later you still don’t know what the argument was about!
When Alice meets the wonderful Sam it’s clear that there is something there. He is the classic gentleman who is supportive of Alice and her emotional state throughout the book….quite frankly, he is lovely 😊
The setting of this book is fabulous, I really want to live on Honeysuckle Farm, it sounds the best place!
This is an absolutely brilliant read, I devoured it quickly and was disappointed when it was over – this book has everything, a beautiful background, strong characters, an exploration into family relationships and grief with a bit of mystery thrown in.
I can not recommend this book enough….a massive 5 star read!!
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 www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.