Thursday, 30 July 2015

Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm - by Rebecca Raisin

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The blurb:

Secrets...we all have them.

Clay’s inheritance of Maple Syrup Farm came at the perfect time. Leaving city life behind he headed for maple-tree surrounded Ashford, Connecticut. Getting the farm in working order again might be back breaking work – but it seems to be the only way for Clay to finally forget about the girl who once broke his heart…

Lucy’s had enough of rules and the stress of planning her life down to the very last detail. Looking for an adventure she stumbles upon Maple Syrup Farm and its gorgeously gruff owner. This could be the perfect place to hide out…!

But the tranquillity and warmth of Maple Tree Farm is enough to heal even the most battered of hearts. There are very few problems in life that can’t be cheered up by maple syrup!

The new standalone novel from bestselling author of the Gingerbread Cafe trilogy and The Bookshop on the Corner, Rebecca Raisin.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm brings us back to Ashford, not right from the start though. The story follows Lucy, who is looking after her mum. her mum wants her to go and travel the world and especially finally follow her dream. Only after a lot of convincing she takes the first bus and ends up in Ashford.

Being back in Ashford is great, I love this little city with it's unique charm. Arriving there Lucy soon meets all the lovely characetrs we already know, especially Lily and CeeCee and later also Sarah. I adored them all, so it was great to have them back. It also allows us to see how their lives developed.

Lucy is looking for a job and finds one at the maple syrup fram a bit outside of town. The owner Clay is nit what she has expected and like everybody said in town he's a bit if a rude loner. He doesn't even want to take her on at first, because she's a girl. It is hard work, but Lucy is determined and wants to make her dream true of going to Paris for studying.

At the farm there is also a hidden secret, about the orevious owner, Clay's uncle. At first Clay is distant and doesn't want to find out anything, but after a while he opens up and the relationship between him and Lucy also changes. Before that I have to be honest, I didn't really enjoy the stiry and couldn't properly get into it. Afterwards ut changed though and I saw another side if Clay. I also really liked the idea of Clay and Lucy as a couple, so I was eagerly waiting for something to happen between them. Of course they had their ups and downs, but they were just so adorable together.

Rebecca created another wonderful story set un Ashord and her beautiful writing always adds this unique atmosphere. It's not my favourite of her stories, but still worth it, even if it's just to catch up with the other characters.


My possible cast:

Lucy: Shantel VanSanten 

Clay: Robert Buckley

Rebecca on Twitter: @jaxandwillsmum
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