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I loved Sharon's Kearton Bay series and had been eagerly awaiting the third book, so I had high hopes for this new series and its move from the Yorkshire Coast to the Dales. It absolutely didn't disappoint.
When her life unexpectedly collides with that of spoilt rich brat, Honey, whilst rescuing her from a potentially tricky situation, Eden finds herself employed by the Carmichael family with one main purpose: to keep Honey out of trouble and, more specifically, to keep her away from attached/engaged/married men. That's easier said than done. Honey thrives on trouble and being the "other woman". She also thrives on winding up her parents and knows that her affair with a married MP is going to wind them up big time. When her former rock star father, Cain, finds out about the affair, he decides that the only way to keep Honey away from her married lover is to banish her to the Yorkshire Dales to spend the summer helping out on the farm of a widowed relative who she's never met and never wants to meet. Reluctantly, Honey agrees to her exile; but only because she's blackmailed Eden to take her place while she spends the summer exactly how she'd originally planned, in the arms of her married man. Eden doesn't like the deception, but doesn't have a choice. She prepares to act and dress like Honey and play stroppy housekeeper to 'Old MacDonald' and his grown up kids in the back of beyond. Only he's not that old, and his kids aren't that grown up, and the back of beyond turns out to be really quite beautiful.
I LOVED this book! Eden is a brilliant character. Her battle between trying to behave like the little madam Honey is meant to be, and her own carrying personality whilst she becomes enchanted by the family and their home was engaging. Speaking of engaging, Eliot (the farmer) was certainly that!
There are several twists in the book, a few of which I certainly didn't see coming. Of course, I'm not going to give any spoilers away so you'll have to read it for yourself to find out what they are.
I now have a dilemma. Am I hoping Sharon will bring out book 3 of the Kearton Bay series next or book 2 of the Skimmerdale series. Actually, scrub that, I want both. Now!!!
Eliot and Eden are a lovely couple, and the three children are the cutest things ever. Their Yorkshire friends and neighbors are also interesting; Ms. Booth has a way of making her secondary characters very real and integral to the story. I was less enamored with Honey and her subplot, but her father Cain, the aging rock star, is a hoot. All I could picture was Bill Nighly in Love Actually every time he appears in the story.
Another lovely book and the start to a new series. I was worried as I think I've read everything out by this author, but then I see she has a new series starting in August so I just have to wait a few weeks.