A huge delight to be part of the Blog Tour for A HOME FROM HOME by VERONICA HENRY today to share my thoughts. Thank you so much to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for the copy of the book and letting me be part of it all!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sunshine, cider and family secrets...
Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors - arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell.
For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved great-uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they've always belonged might now belong to them...
But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a total stranger. Gabriel Culbone has no idea why he's been included, or what his connection to the farm - or the Melchiors - can be.
As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?
A Home from Home is the very best of Veronica Henry's storytelling - gorgeous scenes you wish you could step into, a cast of characters who feel like friends, and an irresistibly feel-good family drama crossing three generations.
Discover Veronica Henry - your favourite authors' favourite author:
'Wise, insightful, beautifully written. A delicious treat of a book' Milly Johnson
'An utter delight' Jill Mansell
'Truly blissful escapism' Lucy Diamond
'A heart-warming, triumphant story combined with Veronica's sublime writing - the perfect mix!' Cathy Bramley
'A beautiful book. Warm, emotional and full of hope' Sarah Morgan
'Veronica Henry has such a deft hand with families and their complications' Katie Fforde
As a huge fan of Veronica Henry I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this book, and it has been an absolute treat to read from start to finish. Dragonfly Farm is the perfect setting for a story full of drama, love, tragedy and tons of family secrets to be revealed.
There's a great cast of characters in A HOME FROM HOME. At the centre is Tabitha - a hard-working woman who seems to be able to turn her hand to most things and has happily lived at Dragonfly Farm for a number of years with her great uncle Matthew, and the pride they take in the place and the family business is lear for all to see.
When he passes, Tabitha and her cousin Georgia are shocked to find out that Matthew has left a third of the farm to a complete stranger to them - Gabriel Culbone. Hearing the surname has them even more shocked as there has always been 'beef' between the Culbones and the Melchiors, and the revelations that soon follow send shockwaves through both families.
To his credit Gabriel is as in the dark as Tabitha and Georgia as to his connection to this Farm. He's an artisan knife-maker and just looking to do the best for his family and beloved daughter, so the girls are concerned that he'll want to sell his share and they could lose the farm they hold so dear to their hearts.
The story then jumps back and forth to look back at the family over different time periods and to find out the truth of what happened over the years to cause the rifts and to shed light on the future for Dragonfly Farm.
With a wide range of characters there are so many avenues for the author to explore and you get some really enthralling storylines to follow, especially from the past and I loved the different emotions you went through reading their stories.
A truly charming book, and one I adored!!