Well NetGalley has most definitely been added to my list of website favourites. This time, I chose what looked a light hearted romance to download, with a gorgeous title, Summer at Skylark Farm.
Here is the book blurb.
Amber is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriend Jake Somerville suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn’t quite know how to react. But work has been hectic and she needs a break so she decides to grasp the opportunity and make the best of it.
Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined – it’s cold and dirty and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling.
But Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. But can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different?
I really loved this chick-lit story. It starts with city girl Amber realising that she is spending too much time on her job. She needs to refocus her work / life balance. So when her boyfriend Jake says he is moving to Skylark Farm in Norfolk to help his aged Aunt Annie, she eventually agrees to go too, even though her boss offers her a new job in Dubai. A tempting offer, but he says he will keep the offer open for 6 months, so perhaps a fallback plan if farm life doesn’t work out.
Amber takes out a subscription to “Country Living” and buys her new country wardrobe. She has a lot to learn about farm life, even burning her hand on the first day, picking the kettle up from the range. But she soon makes new friends and starts coming up with some great ideas for the farm herself. It is not all smooth sailing though and then Jake’s previous girlfriend shows up in town. You’ll have to read the book to find out what else happens.
Summer at Skylark Farm by Heidi Swain is available on Amazon, at £2.99 for Kindle and is published by Simon & Schuster. I highly recommend this book and have already added Heidi’s first novel, The Cherry Tree Cafe to my reading wishlist. I just know I’ll love it, having mentally sat enjoying cake there with Amber on several occasions.
And you can find out more about the author Heidi Swain on her blog.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I received for free. All opinions are my own.