Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Book Review - A Country Escape by Katie Fforde

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Title: A Country Escape
Author: Katie Fforde
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital 
Publication Date: 22nd February 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true.

She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old aunt who has told Fran that if she manages to turn the place around in a year, the farm will be hers.

But Fran knows nothing about farming. She might even be afraid of cows.

She's going to need a lot of help from her best friend Issi, and also from her wealthy and very eligible neighbour - who might just have his own reasons for being so supportive.

Is it the farm he is interested in? Or Fran herself?

Warm, funny and wonderfully romantic, this is Katie Forde at her very best.

What a wonderful warm hug of a story, I felt completely at home reading this book right from the first pages and really didn't want it to end, as the characters were so lovely. 

It is such a shame that I'm not a fan of cheese, as I think this book is even better for those that can't live without cheese, as it is one of the main features of book. I have learnt far more about dairy farming and the making of soft cheese than I ever thought possible.   This is just one in a long line of professions that I feel I know a lot better after reading a book by Katie Fforde. 

There are two potential heirs for Hill Top Farm, but its Fran who responds to the letter and agrees to live at the farm for a year and try to make it profitable in order to gain the inheritance as and when Mrs Flowers does pass away.   I loved Frans regular visits to Amy Flowers, and it was clear she came to care for the old lady a great deal. 

Being a chef Fran's solutions to how to make more money from a dairy farm involved food, but none of her plans would ever come to anything without a large injection of cash.

There are some adorable scenes involving baby animals, and even if Fran isn't a native farmer she does clearly care about animals, although I'm not sure she will ever love the cows.   She does love the views on the farm, and I loved seeing her determination to turn the farm around, along with her best friend. 

Easily one of my favourite books by this always talented author, I loved every second of A Country Escape and it almost made me want to leave London in order to become a farmer myself. 

Thank you to Cornerstone Digital and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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