Take an endless stroll through wild meadows and breathe in the sweet aroma of flowers in full bloom. The first ever guest at the little cottage on the hill is looking for an escape, but her past is not far behind her…
Thirty-two-year-old ‘ice queen’ Isobel slams the cottage door and pulls the curtains shut. She has just six weeks to practise for a secret project that could save her career and no one must know she is here.
When Tom, the local thatcher with eyes as blue and deep as the ocean, hears the sound of her violin on the breeze he feels a tug at his heart-strings that reminds him of happier times. Who is this mysterious new lodger, and why does she look so familiar?
Desperate to find out more, Tom is devastated when Isobel refuses to enjoy everything the farm has to offer. He won’t give in, but just when it looks like Isobel is coming out of her shell, someone recognises her and the troubles from her past threaten to take away everything she has been working towards.
Will the lessons Isobel learned at the little cottage help her to stand up and face the music? Will Tom ever find a way to unlock the emotion she needs to move on?
If you loved the heart-warming romance in novels by Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson, you’ll adore this gorgeous, feel-good story about letting love in.
What readers are saying about Emma Davies:
‘A wonderfully uplifting enjoyable read to make you smile.’ Nicki’s Book Blog, 5 stars
‘Such a lovely read! Heart-warming and uplifting… A delightful feel-good story that will leave you with a smile on your face.’Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A lovely story that is engaging, heart-warming and perfect for an escape.’ I am, Indeed
‘This is a warm, sweet story… The ending left me with a massive grin on my face – although that was after a few tears (both happy and sad) too.’ After the Rain
‘A charming story that I enjoyed reading every second of.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars
‘A wonderfully fun feel-good book… Beware that this book will have you binge-reading it in one sitting. It is that good. Loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the introductory book to this series, where we met the gang at Joy’s Acre and see just how the intentions and atmosphere of the place, perhaps with a nudge from the people there, bring healing and lovely intentions to the forefront. Now a few months on with the core group in place, the first guest has arrived, having booked the Gardener’s Cottage for a month. Isobel is a violinist, there to compose in peace with few distractions and little contact with the outside world. Too slim, pale and appearing to be haunted and more than a bit prickly, she’s not making the kind of progress she hoped with her work, and things are made no better by the constant interruptions and attempts by everyone on the farm to make sure she’s got all she needs. Tom is the thatcher for the farm, as well as a part-time musician in a folk band, with a reputation for hard partying, womanizing and often late to work. He’s been in a downward spiral for the past years after his brother’s death, leaving his friends concerned but cautious, accounting for his erratic behavior as “Just Tom”. But he’s found an emptiness in the constant merry-go-round of drinking, women and hangovers: the problem is facing the issues that brought him to this point. Far different from the first in the series: Davies brought these two disparate yet similar personalities into a push-pull of emotion, support, challenges and even healing as the two find a tentative friendship that is full of missteps and spoken truths, progress and leaps backward, slowly joining into the creative energies and healing potential of the farm and the intentions of a creative collaborative place where all can be ‘a part’ of the new history being created. From deeply traumatic events for both Isobel and Tom, their communication that bounces from awkward to revelatory, their importance to one another, as the healing the relationship brings is lovely to experience: allowing a real sense of the hurt and despair that changes to hopeful optimism as both find their way: separate and together, all under the gentle. and not so, interference and sharing of the family that has come to be the hallmark of Joy’s Acre. You don’t need to read the first to love the second – but with the intentions of old working their magic on the present, the atmosphere of Joy’s Acre will enchant, entrance and transport you to places you want to be – if only for the hours it takes to experience the story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
The second book in this series is a very fitting sequel to the warmth of the first, which I recently read and reviewed. If you need something to put a smile in your heart this summer, this is it! We continue the story from exactly where we left off in the last book by welcoming the first guest to Joy's Acre and those who have prepared for and dreamed of this day finally arriving are very excited to welcome Isobel to their midst. However, Isobel struggles with the friendliness of their welcome; she has come there to work, not to socialise. Summer at the farm sounds delicious! Not only is the produce plentiful but accordingly the food will make your mouth water. Add in the sunshine, the country setting and the chance to get to know Tom much better than we did first time round plus the enigma who is Isobel, and this is another stunning read from Emma Davies. A full-length novel stuffed with people, places and events this will keep you happily enthralled until you reach the final page, when you can sit back with a sigh of satisfaction. A sumptuous read and a first class series, this is one for your reading list. Without any doubt, it is completely worthy of a full five stars! My grateful thanks to publishers Bookouture for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.