Tales From Appleyard #1-4
Down a winding lane lined with strawberry trees and wildflowers lies Appleyard Farm, a beautiful orchard in the English countryside. And in a little farmhouse in the furthest corner, a young woman has a difficult decision to make…
Life on Appleyard Farm is all Freya Sherbourne has ever known. Having spent her childhood playing in the emerald green meadows and berry picking until sunset, Freya intends to call the farmhouse home forever. But when her father suddenly passes away and Appleyard Farm goes up for sale, Freya’s world comes crashing down.
Holding back the tears, she starts packing boxes while waiting for a buyer. Now the river no longer sparkles, and the apples taste a little less sweet. Until Freya learns the exciting news that her best friends Merry and Willow are moving nearby to open a local shop. And when someone from her past re-emerges, handsomer than ever and offering to mend the cracks in her broken heart, Freya’s eyes begin to twinkle once again.
But falling in love is scary, especially when you don’t know what the future holds. And when Freya discovers that her new love has been keeping a secret, one that threatens both their fragile relationship and the farm, she risks losing everything.
With the clock ticking, will Freya choose to follow her heart or save the farm? Or can she find a way to do both?
Told in four parts, this is a gorgeous story about love, friendship and new beginnings. Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson should grab a cup of hot chocolate, curl up on the sofa and prepare to be carried away!
A Year at Appleyard Farm was previously published as four short stories: Merry Mistletoe, Spring Fever, Gooseberry Fool, and Blackberry Way.
I never read blurbs anymore as I told before. The cover is what has to convince me whether I pick a book or not and believe it or not when I love the cover I usually love the book too.
So I was in for a nice surprise when I prepared this post. Not 1, not 2 but for short stories were bundled in one volume!
As soon as I started reading, I knew something was familiar. And indeed, I reviewed part 1 about 5 years ago, but under a different title (Merry Mistletoe). I looked it up and I remembered that I felt there was something missing: either an epilogue or a sequel. Well, whoohoo, the author must have heard me and gave me not 1 but 3 more stories.
This book is about love, friendship and family. We laugh and cry with the main characters and we are allowed to witness their dreams come through and their darkest clouds getting the brightest silver lining.
Get comfortable and savor the 500+ pages of this delicious book. 4 stars.
Thank you, Emma Davies and Bookouture.
About the author
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
Twitter @EmDaviesAuthor / https://twitter.com/EmDaviesAuthor
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Appleyard-Farm-gorgeous-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B08BZTV19T/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1K4PUPUGJ1RTN&dchild=1&keywords=a+year+at+appleyard+farm&qid=1599200338&s=digital-text&sprefix=a+year+at+app%2Cdigital-text%2C183&sr=1-1