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Foxglove Farm: A heartwarming, feel good romantic comedy for perfect summer romance reading! (Love Heart Lane Series, Book 2) Kindle Edition
The perfect summer holiday read for fans of Cathy Bramley and Phillipa Ashley
Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…
Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.
But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.
When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm? And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?
- ASIN : B07L21WV71
- Publisher : One More Chapter (June 28, 2019)
- Publication date : June 28, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1603 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 292 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #535,452 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #731 in Animal Fiction (Books)
- #2,204 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #4,894 in Holiday Romance (Kindle Store)
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After the initial shock and “damn I’ve been jibbed” feeling upon discovering that our couple for this book was in fact the married Isla and Drew. I jumped into reading to see what could be in store for them. And I can tell you it was quite an adventure!
I smashed this book out in about a day sitting by the fire while my partner finished his book. When he finished his book and wanted to put Netflix on I was like “ahhh… how’s about you put something on that you wanna watch so I can keep reading?” How sociable am I? For a Saturday night you’d think I’d put in more effort than that!
But no! Foxglove Farm was more important. Isla and Drew seemed to get hit with problem after problem and it was tearing their relationship apart. So much so that I was starting to wonder how this could possibly be a romance given the genre typically means a HEA is a requisite.
I mean, the only romances that haven’t ended with a HEA are ones where it’s one in a series following those two characters. I’ve never seen it with a stand alone or in a series where you swap characters every book.
By the time I got to the end of the book in bed on the Sunday morning (yea the partner slept through another like 2 hours of me reading) I felt emotionally relieved for Isla and Drew that their story was over. I mean WOW! Kudo’s for them for getting through all that given how societal “norms” almost broke up their marriage.
I loved the fact that Isla stuck by him even when she hated him because she knew him well enough to know more was going on. And I loved how blatantly Christie puts these issues out there. Mens health is something that’s definitely not talked about much (especially among the men I know) but it’s so important. I’m not sure about your own countries, but I know in Australia suicide is the leading cause of male death between the ages of 15 and 44.
That to me is a sobering fact and one we should all be working to fix by normalising talking about your emotions and everything that’s weighing down on you. I hope over time more writers will include this in ways that works towards normalising it. And I hope we all do our part to help normalise it for the men in our lives.
I’m sorry to end on a sad note but I really liked and appreciated Christie throwing this in and talking about. Even if she didn’t mean to make a statement it resonated with me.
There were multiple issues that the author introduced: lies and secrets in a marriage, the difficulty of having a newborn on a marriage and, of course, male depression and mental health. While all of these are very important topics - very - at times there was just too much hardship to be believed. There was one problem after another after another in such a short period and within a relatively short story. Yes, there are those who are faced with mounting challenges and generally when it rains, it pours. However, for the good of the novel and to really explore any of these topics thoroughly, either the book needed to be longer or there should have been fewer fires. Regardless, the story itself is well told, well-written and uplifting. This is the second in a series and each set of characters is different from the last, however, I felt as though I was missing some backstory that others might have known from reading the first book in the series. I would suggest reading them in order. They are quick reads so that shouldn't be a problem.
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Life has moved on since the storm that featured in Love Heart Lane. Flick has settled into life in Heartcross but her best friend Isla is having serious woes. My heart broke as Isla’s world started to crumble around her and there was nothing she could do about it.
Barlow knows how to write relationships, real relationships and human dilemma. The characters in her books go through the real life problems many face (well other than farming llamas). But the tight friendships definitely ring true for me, I can see elements of the friendship group not too dissimilar to parts of my own friendships.
There is something about Barlow’s writing that allows me to block out the world around me (I actually ignored my own family). I’ve found this with every book of hers that I’ve read. With Foxglove Farm, my kindle was on fire as I raced through, devouring it in a matter of hours. And yet again, I shed a tear or two as I read.
This book focus on Isla and Drew their farm and family and all the ups and downs that comes with farming. A return of a relative thrown into the mix, stormy weather, thunder and lightning and disaster around the corner.
The characters have depth, flaws and a strong sense of community.
Reading this book wraps you in a warm jumper on a chilly day and warns you with the feeling you are surrounded by friends. You get lost in the village and it's community and wish you could sit down and share a pot of tea with them as friends. Or walk the lanes and take in the beauty of the surrounding highland beauty.
Easy read ,great characters, with laughter and love mixed in. I would recommend this to any one that wants to escape for a few hours from their normal hectic day.
Isla and Drew seem to have it all, two lovely sons and an idyllic life on Foxglove farm but when the perfect life seems to be unravelling are they strong enough to overcome the obstacles life is throwing them.
I really enjoyed going back to the Love Heart Lane series and it was good to see how Flick and Fergus were doing.
This was another fabulous written book with characters you came to care about, and it deals with some really tough issues, sensitively and thoroughly.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review
I can’t recommend this book enough and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. It’s just soo good.
I’m really looking forward to reading more books by Christie Barlow.