Friday, 6 April 2018

Blog Tour Review: A Home at Honeysuckle Fram by Christie Barlow

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm by Christie Barlow
Published:  6th April 2018
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Pages: 271
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

A family secret
One shocking argument and ten-year-old Alice Parker’s world was turned upside down. Her peaceful life at Honeysuckle Farm in the quiet rural village of Brook Bridge swapped for the bustling metropolis of New York City. Alice’s life was changed forever…
A second chance
Now, thirteen years later, Alice’s American dream is over. With her life in tatters, there is only one place Alice wants to be… home at Honeysuckle Farm. So, when Alice learns her beloved Grandie is ill, she knows this is her last chance to heal the family rift.

A forever home?
But secrets still swirl in Brook Bridge, and Alice is no closer to discovering the truth. And for some reason her new friendship with local heartthrob Sam Reid seems to be making the locals tense.
Sick of the lies Alice knows it’s time to lay the past to rest once and for all. But could the truth ruin her hopes of ever calling Honeysuckle Farm home again?

Having read most of her books I’m a huge Christie Barlow fan, I think with A Home at Honeysuckle Farm she has completely knocked it out of the park, I loved this book. It has less comedy than her previous novels but is an utterly gorgeous heartfelt novel.

Alice Parker has been living in New York for the last 13 years after a huge argument her mother had with her Grandie saw them leave their home in the quaint English village of Brook Bridge and move to New York. With explanation as to why her life was completely changed Alice has never fully  settled in New York and her dreams of being a dancer on the stage have stayed just that…dreams.

After childhood friend Grace lets Alice know her Grandie is in hospital Alice knows it’s time to head home and find out the secrets of her past and heal the rift between her Grandie and her mum

 Once home Alice is given a opportunity that could make all her dreams come true but can she get the villagers to divulge their secrets and work out why some have been holding a grudge for over twenty years.

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm may not have been the book I was expecting, which was a story more centred around the actual farm, but it was a fantastic read and centred around Alice’s true passion which is dancing and the love of her family.

Alice is a great character, she has so much love in her heart that she just wants to share. I was so behind her as she tried to work out the family secrets and bring her family back together and that she might get a little romance with the gorgeous Sam Reid that she just seems drawn too.

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm is a fantastic read, definitely Christie’s best book so far. It’s a book about secrets, family relationships and following your dreams even when they’re not initially going in the direction you intended.

Thank you so much to Rachel’s Radom Resources, Netgalley and Christie Barlow for sending me a copy to review honestly and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About the Author

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream and A Home at Honeysuckle Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for 
@ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her website Twitter @ChristieJBarlow and Facebook page Christie Barlow author

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