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Blog Tour – ‘Appleby Farm’ by Cathy Bramley

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‘Appleby Farm’ was first released as a digital serial. It was published in paperback by Corgi on the 13th August 2015. Having truly enjoyed ‘Ivy Lane’, I was really looking forward to reading this book. So imagine my delight when I was not only sent a copy to review but also asked if I wanted to take part in this blog tour.

Freya Moorcroft is happy working at the café round the corner from the Ivy Lane allotments, though a part of her misses the beautiful rolling hills of her old Cumbrian childhood home, Appleby Farm. An unexpected phone call from her aunt and a desperate plea for help changes everything for Freya who finds herself going back home to the farm to lend a hand. Appleby Farm is in financial trouble and the stress is taking its toll on her aunt and uncle.

Freya has always believed that it is love that makes the world go round, not money. So will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price? You’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out.

This was an absolutely delightful read, a real page-turner; simply magical. Once again Cathy Bramley didn’t fail to disappoint me. I think her writing style is wonderful and that her stories are great.

A number of the characters in this book were from ‘Ivy Lane’ and it really felt as if I was meeting up with old friends who I hadn’t seen for ages. I totally loved the storyline. Freya had a heart of gold and did so much for her family. I think the challenge she was presented with was what she really needed. I would love to know what happens next in Freya’s life.

I would recommend reading ‘Ivy Lane’ first in order to get to know the characters who appear in ‘Appleby Farm’.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

Competition

I am giving away a copy of ‘Appleby Farm’ to one lucky person.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what the biggest challenge in your life has been.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 6th September 2015.

The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date and their prize sent out by me.

 

Good luck! 🙂

 

Blog Tour – ‘Ivy Lane’ by Cathy Bramley

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Last year saw ‘Ivy Lane’ first published in four parts as a digital series which proved to be very successful.  It is now out in paperback, released by Corgi on the 12th February 2015.  I was very lucky to be sent a proof copy and having now read it, I feel very privileged indeed to be part of this blog tour.

Tilly Parker has been through a terrible time but knows that she has to do something about her situation.  She needs a fresh start and some peace and quiet while she mends her broken heart.  So she decides to take on an allotment at Ivy Lane.  Tilly soon finds herself amongst a very friendly community who bring her out of her shell.  Can she start letting people back into her life and her heart?

I loved everything about ‘Ivy Lane’ including the cover which is just so pretty.  From the very first page I knew I would find it hard to put down this book.  I found it to be a very addictive read and it made me feel all lovely and warm inside.  Cathy Bramley has a wonderful way of writing.

There was a really good mixture of characters throughout this story, all of which were likeable.  Some of them had great personalities.  I like the way they all pulled together as a community.  Tilly was just so lovely and did so much for people.

At the back of the book is a collection of Cathy’s recipes some of which were mentioned throughout the story, so for those of you who like to cook and/or bake you will be in for an extra treat.  Some of the cakes made in the story certainly made my mouth water.

I can see why ‘Ivy Lane’ did so well last year.  I don’t somehow think that I would have been patient enough to read it in parts though.  I now have another favourite author to add to my list and I hope to read everything that Cathy Bramley writes.

‘Ivy Lane’ is a story about community spirit, friendship, love and new beginnings.

Thank you for an absolutely amazing read, Cathy.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

‘Appleby Farm’ Series by Cathy Bramley – Cover Reveal

Appleby FarmCathy Bramley has written another eBook series and today I am pleased to be taking part in the cover reveal.  Read more about ‘Appleby Farm’ below.

 

After I finished writing Ivy Lane earlier this year, my editor asked me if I’d consider a spin-off series, taking one character from Ivy Lane and plunging them into a new setting and a new story with perhaps a few surprise visits from some old friends from Ivy Lane. I thought this was a great idea and immediately set to work creating Appleby Farm, which I’m hoping readers of Ivy Lane will fall in love with.

It’s set in the glorious Lake District, an area I adore, and follows the story of a young woman and her fight to save the farm which has been in her family for generations. It features lots of wonderful people including a very attractive farmer on neighbouring Willow Farm, Vintage tearooms, a trip to Paris and a wedding. Appleby Farm will be published by Transworld in four monthly parts between February and May 2015 and they are all available to pre-order now!

The covers themselves have been designed by Kate Forrester, the same illustrator who drew my Ivy Lane covers and I think she has conjured up the warm and friendly farm set in the beautiful Lake District perfectly.

The link to part one on Amazon UK is http://smarturl.it/Af1

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