About the book:
Fliss Brown has grown up living with her mother on the Rossi family’s Italian fruit farm. But when her mother dies, Fliss finds out she has a family of her own, and heads back to England with Nonna Rossi’s recipe for cherry and almond tart and a piece of advice: connect with your family before it is too late…
Fliss discovers that her estranged grandfather owns a fruit farm himself, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, and she arrives to find a farm that has fallen into disrepair. Using her knowledge gleaned from working on the Rossi farm and her desire to find out more about her past, Fliss rolls her sleeves up and gets stuck in. But what will she discover, and can she resurrect the farm’s glory days and find a taste of home…?
As a self-confessed #Swainette, my love for Heidi Swain’s books runs deep, and this book was one of my absolute favourites. It will envelop you with the smell of summer fruits, with a little hint of Italy for good measure.
The books Heidi writes are standalone books set in her own creative world, so you do see recurring characters in the books, but in all honesty, you can read them in any sequence. I haven’t read them in order, and it hasn’t been detrimental to my enjoyment. I would however suggest that you do check out her other books though, because you won’t regret it one little bit!
This book starts in Italy with Fliss who has just lost her mother and finds out that she has family in Wynbridge. She leaves her surrogate Italian family and heads to England to find her grandparents.
When she arrives in Wynbridge she finds that her grandmother is no longer alive, and her grandfather Bill is in serious need of assistance on his farm. I loved the connection she had with Elliott, who was Bill’s carer, and a very sexy leather-clad Ducati rider.
This was such a delightful story focusing on the value of family, and the sense of community spirit. Community spirit is a beautiful theme that flows through all of Heidi Swain’s books. The connection to nature is also always a strong theme for Heidi and one that works perfectly with that sense of community that will leave you feeling the warmth and love in these books.
This book is the perfect summer holiday (or staycation) read that will have you craving Nonna’s Strawberry and Almond Tart, and wanting to be surrounded by rows and rows of ripe Strawberries, fresh for the picking.
Many thanks to Harriett Collins at Simon & Schuster, Heidi Swain and Team BATC for the invitation to take part in this blog tour. Please check out the other stops on the blog tour listed below.