Kitty’s Countryside Dream by Christie Barlow- a top contender for my favourite cover of 2016

About this book…

New home. New life. New beginning. Love affairs can blossom in the most unlikely places . . .

When Kitty inherits Bluebell Lodge from her grandmother, a farm in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it’s time for fresh air and a fresh start. Up to her elbows in chickens and ponies, Kitty soon realises there’s an awful lot to learn about farming. Still, at least the locals seem friendly, not least her handsome neighbour Tom…

But just as Kitty is beginning to find her feet, and the possibility of love, the discovery of a long-hidden diary, by a mysterious character called Violet changes everything. Who is Violet and what is her message for Kitty? As Kitty fills in the lost pieces of her family jigsaw and discovers some shocking revelations, will her countryside dream and blossoming relationship fall to pieces? When it comes to life in the country, nothing is ever quite as it seems …

My Review…

This is the first book I have read by this author but after finishing this, the first thing I did was to seek out her other books. Christie Barlow has written a warm, funny and heart wrenching book full of adorable characters, cute animals all living in the sort of village we would love to escape to.
When Kitty is left a flat and Bluebell Lodge by a relative she didn’t even know she had, she looks on it as a fresh start. She knows nothing about chickens or ponies so she is glad to she has her right hand man Tom to help her. But the discovery of an old diary brings heartbreak in the form of an old family secret and an attraction to Tom seems wrapped up in complications. Could Kittys countryside dream turn out to be her worst nightmare?
This was the perfect book for a lazy Sunday afternoon (and I actually read it on Valentine’s day!) and I read it within a couple of sittings. I was desperate to find out why Kitty had been left the farm and how she was going to cope with it all. The descriptions were so detailed that you felt you were there living alongside Kitty and she felt like an old friend. I have never read so much information about chickens before either!!! Not sure I could ever look after them!
This was a bittersweet love story combined with a soul searching for Kitty and I was really sad to say goodbye to her when the book ended. And that cover!!!!! Fabulously eye-catching and perfect for Spring, you can’t help but smile when you see it. In fact it’s my top cover for 2016 so far!
Many thanks to Bookouture and netgalley for providing a review copy in return for an unbiased review.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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