Twenty-five years ago, Martha Morgan lost everything. Once a member of a prestigious band, she now lives in solitude in the heart of the Dordogne, surrounded by an ancient cherry orchard.
Attempting to piece her life back together, Martha decides to rent her idyllic French farmhouse Le Couvent des Cerises to holidaymakers for the summer, hiring the mysterious Ben to help reconstruct the dishevelled B&B.
But when a vicious storm makes its way across the village, tensions begin to rise. Martha, Ben and the guests are forced to pull together and they’re about to find out that they have more in common than they realise – but it might mean jeopardising the secret of Martha’s past . . .
The description for this book certainly had me intrigued, but I never could have anticipated how much I would LOVE this book!.
The story takes place in a crumbling convent building in the Dordogne, this is where we first meet Martha. This is the place she now calls home, following a rather difficult patch in her life, where everything seemed to fall apart for her. Martha was once a singer songwriter in a well known band, and her fall from grace has left her feeling rather downhearted.
This is how she finds herself turning this run down convent in to her home. It is perfect really, because it is secluded – away from prying eyes, and it is also surrounded by a breath-taking Cherry Orchard.
As Martha begins trying to piece her life back together, with the hope of reconnecting with her Son, she realises she has little choice but to rent out her beautiful home to holiday makers. The first group that book their holiday there are far from ideal, and certainly make themselves known for all the wrong reasons. However, their stay ends up changing things more than Martha could have ever anticipated.
The Cherry Tree Summer is one of those stories that you can lose yourself in completely. The setting is brought to life by the author, allowing you to picture yourself walking through the orchard and taking in all of the sights and smells surrounding Martha’s home. There is a cast of colourful, totally unique characters that all play a part in the effortless way this story flows from beginning to end. Of course, not all of these characters are ones that you find yourself rooting for, but that is what makes the story all the more authentic.
A beautifully written book that really captures your heart. I loved everything about this book, and will be eagerly awaiting future releases by Kate Glanville.
About the Author
Kate Glanville was born in West Africa to Irish parents. She now lives with her three children in rural West Wales. For many years she has practised as a successful ceramic artist supplying tiles and tableware to many leading shops and galleries around the world. From childhood she has been passionate about writing stories.
*Thank you to Bea at Headline Accent and Kate Glanville for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*