Eleanor Sharpley has been living a lie…
Needing to escape her London life quickly, Eleanor throws her things into the back of her car, and heads to her erstwhile best friend Charlie’s family farm.
But Charlie isn’t there. Instead she finds Charlie’s grieving brother Daniel, her eight-month old daughter Hope (a daughter Eleanor had known nothing about), and a crumbling and unloved Damson Farm.
Damson Farm lies at the edge of the village of Ferrington, with the river Maddon flowing at its heart. But Ferrington is a village divided by more than just a river – it is split in two by an age-old feud – between the Old Side and the New Side. Eleanor has run from her problems, straight into a family and a world that has problems of its own.
But Damson Farm has magic too, and as winter gives way to spring, the old farm starts to come to life under Eleanor’s love and care. The orchard starts to blossom with daffodils and bluebells, and the sound of bees busy in their hives fills the warming air. Can Eleanor bring Daniel and the feuding village of Ferrington back to life too, or will her secrets catch up with her first?
Elanor is running away from her life in London and all the chaos that comes with it, so she decides the best place to try and find solace is at her friend Charlie’s family run farm, a place she has heard so much about over the years.
However her journey is far from ideal, and as Elanor finds herself stuck in a ditch after swerving to avoid a sheep on the road she is immensely grateful for the stranger that arrives and saves her from this predicament. What she doesn’t realise at the time is that her rescuer Daniel is also Charlie’s brother who is living at the farm too.
And then Elanor is dealt another devastating blow when she learns that Charlie has passed away and Daniel is now looking after the farm and her young daughter too. Daniel kindly takes Elanor in, and a tentative friendship initially forms between them as they try to come to terms with the loss of Charlie and the events that have thrown them together, not to mention the fact that Elanor is harbouring some pretty big secrets of her own that she hopes to keep hidden from Daniel.
It doesn’t take too long before a romantic spark ignites between them, especially as they are in such close proximity with one another whilst Elanor heals from her accident. She befriends some of the locals and learns a lot more about the village she is currently living in, feeling relieved that the horrors of her life are well behind her…. but then the threatening messages start up again, and Elanor realises that leaving the past behind her is far easier said than done.
I loved this story from the moment I began reading it. The story is told from Elanor’s perspective, giving us a deep insight into her life and the hardships she has faced along the way. Daniel is another fascinating character who captures your heart instantly. Despite the deep grief he is feeling from the loss of his sister, he still puts others needs before his own and truly seems to have a heart of gold. The storyline is so much more than that of a typical romantic novel, as the characters face many emotional hurdles along the way, from grief and fear to opening their hearts to others once again.
This is such a wonderfully written story that has you mesmerised from the moment you begin reading it, a true delight that I will be telling others about for certain!.
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About the Author
Beth Moran is the author of three previous romance novels, including Making Marion. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest. Beth’s first novel for Boldwood, Christmas Every Day, was published in September 2019.
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Beth Moran 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.*