Hello lovely readers, as unreal it may feel but it’s July already. Time does fly away fast. Back to Books, today’s #bookreview is Christie Barlow’s latest Foxglove Farm. Happy Reading.
Title – Foxglove Farm
Author – Christie Barlow
Publisher -Rating – 3.5 / 5
Return to Love Heart Lane for friendship, romance and a community who will be be there for you no matter what…
Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely.
When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.
Can the Love Heart Lane community pull together once more to help save Foxglove Farm? And can Isla save her home…and her marriage?
I met Drew and Isla in Love Heart Lane along with some lovely characters. So, I was excited to know them up close. In Foxglove Farm, Drew and Isla’s house, an active farm we get to experience their personal, family dynamic. With a small kid, a new born and the ever present trials at a farm things are tense between the couple. The story revolves around secrets Drew’s keeping from Isla, personal, farm related and overall.
With secrets unraveling things come to a head when lightning strikes a barn in the farm and there’s damage. Soon, Drew and Isla reveal it all to each other and move towards righting the wrongs and getting their life and farm back on track.
I enjoyed meeting familiar characters and their friendships were heartwarming as in the other story. With Drew and Isla, however, I was underwhelmed. Their story was rushed, and with the kind of issues they were experiencing it felt all of it was put right with a magic wand. It felt too easy and simple.
I wanted more of their struggle and how they worked with each other. The personal dynamic of the couple, of a relationship in trouble was what I wanted to be at the Centre. However, since it takes a village to run a smooth family, that’s what I got instead.
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, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove 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.
Reviewed by Bharti