Appleby Farm was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.
Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes, a warm smile and a heart of gold. She's been happy working at the café round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments, and her romance with her new boyfriend is going well, she thinks, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.
Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea for help change everything....
The farm is in financial trouble, and it's taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. Heading home to lend a hand, Freya quickly learns that things are worse than she first thought. As she summons up all her creativity and determination to turn things around, Freya is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape.
Love makes the world go round, according to Freya. Not money. But will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price?
Appleby Farm is a charming, funny and romantic story from the author of best-selling Ivy Lane.
Praise for Cathy Bramley: "Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns." (Trisha Ashley)
"Rustic romance at its very best with a charming cast of characters - warm and endearing and engaging. As comforting as hot tea and toast made on the Aga!" (Veronica Henry)
"A lovely, sunny, gem of a book." (Alexandra Brown)
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Enjoyable but not riveting!
I did enjoy the book, it passed away the time while I was driving to and from work or out walking, but it didn't have me dying to hear what happens next - it wasn't a 'couldn't put it down' type of a book. The funniest part was Liz's radio presenter sister, should have used her more - she brightened up the book.
The ending was how I thought the ending was gong to be
I really like Colleen Prendergast as a narrator and as someone else commented, I mostly chose this book because I enjoy her style of narrating.
It has inspired me to start listening to a different type of book for a change!! I'm getting a bit sick of the 'chic lit' books, they all start sounding the same after a while.
Stuck in the mud
Yes. I enjoyed Ivy Lane also written by Cathy Bramley and I was looking forward to this audio book. But I was sadly disappointed by the naration.
The story was good. It ranks with Lucy Diamond or Carole Matthews. Chick lit is chick lit. Boy, Girl, complications, happy ending. Easy listening without stress.
I have read Ivy Lane also narrated by Colleen Prendergast and really enjoyed it. Sadly the narration on this was very disappointing. Heavy and stilted
Probably without Colleen Predergast.
I don't enjoy being negative. I usally enjoy my chick lit, light reading for bed time. On this instance I don't think Colleen Prendergast enjoyed this story. I don't think she believed it. I found this surprising as she read Ivy lane and did a very good job.
- lynn clough