Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the blog tour for; Home On Folly Farm by Jane Lovering. I can’t wait to share my review of this charming book with your all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for the invite.
About the Book
Home On Folly Farm by Jane Lovering
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Escape the rat race by heading to the Yorkshire Moors in Jane Lovering’s funny, warm and magical new novel.
Needing an escape, Dora swapped city living for life as a shepherdess on her grandad’s Yorkshire farm. More than a decade later Dora is still there, now farming the fifty acres and caring for the one hundred rare sheep by herself. She never hears the call of the city, but instead relishes the peace and simplicity of life on the Moors.
When Dora’s glamorous but quarrelsome sister Cass, her teenage nephew Thor and his handsome tutor Nat, turn up for an unexpected and unreasonably long stay, life on the farm is thrown into chaos. Cass brings with her unwelcome memories from the past, and of someone who once stole Dora’s heart.
Dora takes refuge in the comforting routine of the farm, the sheep never allowing her too much time to dwell. But, as the seasons change, the snow starts to melt, and as lambs begin to fill the fields, Dora can’t keep hiding in the hills. Because even though she’s trying, Dora can’t run away from a love that never really let her go…
Let Jane Lovering whisk you away to the beauty and serenity of the Yorkshire Moors, far away from the noise of the city. Just right for fans of Emma Burstall, Holly Martin and Kate Forster.
Purchase Link – http://amzn.to/2Xlnl3a
Home on Folly Farm is the perfect escapism, it’s heart-warming and incredibly feel-good, you can’t help but smile as you read, once finished you settle back and feel in no other words but very happy.
I can’t believe that this is my first book by Jane Lovering – really?? How can that be? I have a few of her backlist on my Kindle and like so many other books on there, they are still waiting to be read, I can’t wait to read more from her now though, I have fallen completely under her spell, I adore the humour and her charming and engaging story-telling.
I will be honest and say that the first thing that captured my attention about this book and made me want to read it was the fact it’s set in my beloved home county, I know I am biased but I do love reading stories set in Yorkshire.
I love the setting – have I mentioned that already? It’s as picturesque and beautiful on the page as it is in real life, but the harshness of the Shepherdess lifestyle which Dora lives is realistic and makes you admire Dora all the more. Being a Shepherd in the middle of the moors isn’t the easiest of lifestyles and I think that came across in moments during the book. Lovering really brings the characters and the Moors alive with her easy to read and charming writing, and she also showcases the brilliant Yorkshire humour which is in a league all of its own.
I love that the main character is a Shepherdess, reading Dora’s side of the story makes me think of the ‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’ (for those who don’t know who that is, it’s the marvellous Amanda Owen who with her huge family are Sheep hill farmers in the middle of the Moors.). As tough as her life is, I think the hard graft and solitary lifestyle suits Dora, she has left the hustle and bustle of the city to help preserve the rare breed of sheep which her grandfather has been so lovingly nurturing and all those before them.
But, Dora’s life is soon turned on its head with the arrival of her sister; Cassie and her entourage of brattish social media, celebratory obsessed son and his tutor. There goes Dora’s quite happy life! That is not the real problem with Cassie turning up, she also brings with her memories and sadness which Dora has tried so very hard to push to the back of her mind, locked away never to be thought of again – but when you are faced with what you’re trying to run from, hardening your heart is easier said than done.
There is an element of sadness that Dora holds close and the more of what happened in her past is revealed the more you understand her and you can’t help yourself to like her. I took to Dora from the start she is a wonderful character, I was intrigued as to what she was running away from and I really liked her ability to really dive into the task at hand.
Cassie, on the other hand, I really didn’t like her I understood there was the story behind her too but even once all was revealed I still couldn’t find myself liking her or her son. They reminded me too much of spoiled little brats who think they are entitled to everything in life with so much as lifting a finger – unfortunately she reminded me of too many people I actually know. I tried to like her, I really did – but I couldn’t.
Apart from certain characters I loved every other aspect of this, I loved the easy to read and speedy pacing, it’s one of those books which you can fall into and devour in one sitting (if of course, you have the time). I may have mentioned I liked Dora and I loved the setting.
I thoroughly enjoyed the overall feel of Home and Folly Farm, it’s light-hearted, it’s humous, charming and most of all it makes you smile.
What more could you want?
A definite must read, and I can’t wait to finally sit down and read more from Jane Lovering!
About the Author
Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music.
She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home.
Her first title for Boldwood will be published in September 2020.
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