Monday, 2 April 2018

Book Review - A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by Faith Bleasdale - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #92

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Title: A Year at Meadowbrook Manor
Author: Faith Bleasdale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 22nd January 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

One divided family, one life-changing year…
Harriet Singer hasn’t been home in ten years. When her beloved dad dies suddenly, she races to be there for her estranged siblings, despite the memories it brings back.

Then Harriet learns that all four Singer siblings must live together for one year, caring for their dad’s Animal Sanctuary, or forfeit their inheritance.

Living under the same roof could make or break the family, but it’s time Harriet stopped running and faced her past. Especially when her first love turns up…

Faith Bleasdale is back with a bang! This is the first book I have noticed published by the author for about a decade (my maths may be slightly off), but I recall loving her back in the 00's so was delighted when this book appeared on my radar as a new release. 

After such as gap I did wonder if my memory was playing tricks on how much I enjoyed previous books by the author, but thankfully my instincts are spot on, this is one fabulous book, and I am delighted to see what appears to be a sequel available for pre-order already! 

The Singer siblings used to be very close as kids but now as adults they haven't spent as much time together as they would have liked. So their fathers last wishes somewhat shock them, but the aim is to bring them back together as a family, in order to get their full inheritance. 

The siblings are all rather different there is the ambitious one, the dull one, the party animal one and the married one - well based on first impressions at any rate, until you get to know them as the story progresses and I found they were a wonderful group of siblings. 

What I loved most as the animal sanctuary and the stories behind all the various animals staying there, such a varied menagerie of creatures looking for new homes. They were all adorable and it was hilarious to see how the privileged Singer's were going to get their hands dirty in the day to day running of the sanctuary. 

There is plenty of drame to keep everyone entertained, some completely hilarious moments often involving the "celebrity" who is used to help drum up publicity,  and is a heart warming story of family loyalty, relationships and new beginnings. 

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

Thank you to everyone that votes for this book last week, I did pick this from the tie, as I was getting really curious to see what the authors writing is like now, and based on a couple of comments about the other book up this was tied for, I know I will enjoy that one once I do read it!  So what is my book for next week? Well take  a look and let me know. 

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