About the author (as seen in the book)
Cathy Bramley is the author of the bestselling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm, Wickham Hall and Conditional Love. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two daughters and a dog.
Her recent career as a full- time writer of light- hearted, romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending the last eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her books under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Luckily her husband has now bought her a kindle with a light, so that’s the end of that palaver.
Publication date: 13th August 2015
ISBN: Paperback 9870552171595
Also available in Ebook and Audiobook formats
Pages: 480 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Borrowed
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes and a heart of gold. She’s working at the café round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.
Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea foe help changes everything…
The farm is in financial trouble, and it’s taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. As Freya heads home to lend a hand, she is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape. Love makes the world go round, according to Freya. Not money. But will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price?
What a fantastic front cover! And is perfect for this book. I feel that I could just walk right into this scene, with the trees creeping around the cover making me feel like I’m peering through them. The farm is surrounded by winding hills and a lady is walking up the drive to the farm. There is beautiful wild flowers and swishy grass at the bottom of the cover adding to the countryside feel to this great front cover. The title is coloured red and bunting hangs from the top of the A to the L, which is cute. But what I find even cuter is the little bird perched on top of the R in farm!!!! I love the verity of colour used in this cover making it very eye-catching.
This is a book I was itching to read, as I’ve read so many good things about it! Plus it’s set in a place that I love!
Freya Moorcroft, has never had a steady career and seems to drift from job to job. However now she can turn her hand to almost anything. Freya find herself in Kingsfild working at her friend’s mother’s café, while her mother; Shirley recovers from a broken ankle. In this time Freya has transformed the menu and organised Wi-Fi for their customers. Shirley is amazed at the transformation Freya has bestowed on her café in only 6 months. Also in this 6 moths Freya has found herself a bit of romance with handsome, divorced dad Charlie. Freya has recently met Charlie’s young daughter to the reluctance of Charlie! But is she really happy in Kingsfild?
So when she receives a call from her aunt asking her if she would come and help out at Appleby farm because her uncle has had an accident in the tractor, she goes straight away. She promises Charlie and his daughter that she will be back soon, so they can spend more time together.
As Freya makes her way to the farm, she realises how much she loves the place, where she spent so much of her childhood. Her aunt and uncle are over joyed to see her, however her uncle is being a bit cagey about his accident. What is he hiding about the accident?
Freya get’s stuck in to farm life and helps Appleby Farm’s Farm hand Eddie. In doing this she realises how hard it must be for her elderly aunt and uncle to keep running the family farm.
When her uncle has got back on his feet, and she is satisfied he is ok, Freya returns to Charlie in Kingsfild. However Kingsfild feel’s less and less like home for her. After being back a while Freya’s aunt ring’s up again, to see if she could come back to Appleby Farm and take the strain; as her uncle has suffered a heart attack. Charlie isn’t pleased when she tells him the news in her rush to get to the farm.
In holding the fort of Appleby Farm Freya learns about the farm’s money troubles, and now there is the added pressure of their herd of cow’s that might have TB. In a desperate attempt to find some money to help the family farm she goes to her parents in Paris. They have always disapproved of the way she has no career and their relationship has always been strained. In this time Freya’s older brother Julian turn’s up after getting wind of Appleby farm’s predicament; offering his help in selling the farm so his aunt and uncle can retire. Is Julian being honest with them? Will her father stump up the money to keep the bailiffs at bay? Can Freya think of ways to save the family farm?
And with all this going on Freya get’s a blast from her past from her childhood friend Henry; who now run’s his family farm next door. Henry stirs up old feelings for her. Which make’s her question her and Charlie’s future, and the life she wants. Will it be Charlie and Kingsfild or Henry in Cumbria?
I thoughly enjoyed Appleby Farm, it was charming and so delightful in every way. From the characters, story line to the setting the author has provided perfect escapism right here!!!! There were many up’s and down’s in the story which provide much anticipation of will Freya save the farm? to which yummy guy does she choose? I felt totally engaged with the characters and the setting as a whole; which held my attention to the very last page!!!!
Cathy is a new author to me and boy can this lady write!!!! I can’t wait to discover more of her books and is an author I highly recommend as I do with this book it’s self!!!!!! Appleby Farm is a refreshing, delightful read and is beautifully written.
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley
A wonderful 5 sparkly stars