Caroline Hemingway can’t help but feel a little strange watching her ex sister-in-law marrying the owner of Carter’s Cider Farm
. . . but she’s delighted Anna’s found happiness after the death of her late husband, and Caroline’s brother, James. If only Caroline could find her own love story…
Desperate to escape the rat race, Caroline decides to take the plunge and move to the idyllic village of Little Somerby, where she is given the task of opening and running a restaurant in one of the forgotten barns on the Cider Farm.
Opening and running The Cider Kitchen is no easy task, and there are many challenges on the way, but slowly Caroline feels she’s being accepted into the local community, and starts to believe she may have found her forever home. But secrets from her past seem destined to haunt her, and not even the attentions of the very dishy Jonathan Carter can distract her from all she’s left behind…
Heart-Warming and Entertaining!
This is a really lovely read with plenty going on .. family happenings, an established business and a fledgling one, a new career with a shadow from the past in the background and two people trying to ignore their magnetic attraction.
Beginning with a wedding, this story lulls you into a false sense of security but there is plenty of drama to follow! Getting a new business off the ground creates stress at the best of times .. add in a professional but determined new manager and an owner who can’t keep his nose out and you get plenty of fireworks. I love the characters, especially the children, all beautifully and realistically created. I didn’t realise this was a sequel until I was near the end but this is a solid stand-alone story, and a very heart-warming and entertaining one at that!
I certainly regret not reading the first in series, but should there be any more – and I hope there are – I will make sure I don’t miss out! The only niggle I have – as a Scot – is the spelling of whiskey with an ‘e’, but that’s just a personal preference.
My thanks to publishers Aria for approving my copy of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family, rom-com
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2688.0 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 1 January 2018
About the Author
Fay Keenan was born in Surrey and raised in Hampshire, before finally settling in the West Country. When Fay is not chasing her children around or writing, she teaches English at a local secondary school. She lives with her husband, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a Weimaraner called Bertie in a village in Somerset, which may or may not have provided the inspiration for Little Somerby.
Fay’s debut novel is ‘The Second Chance Tea Shop’ is the first in the Little Somerby series, and her second novel ‘Springtime at the Cider Kitchen’ is released on 1st January on all major digital platforms.
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