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Monday, November 20, 2017

Book Review - Summer at Willow Tree Farm by Heidi Rice

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Review by Suze

When Ellie was fourteen years old her mother left her father and moved to a commune in Wiltshire to live together with her girlfriend. Ellie went with her, but was used to a life of relative luxury and couldn't find happiness in her new life, especially not since one of the boys she had to live with made things pretty difficult. While she had a crush on Art he also broke her heart and Ellie left the commune to live with her father.

Ellie is back with her mother at the commune. She hasn't seen her mother in years and moved to America, but she's divorcing her husband and Ellie and her son Josh need a break. That's why they're now spending their summer at Willow Tree Farm. The commune has developed into a thriving business with a lot more comfort than many years ago. Ellie's mother is running the place, but what Ellie hadn't expected was being reunited with Art. His attitude is still hostile, but he's also very attractive. Was it a good idea for Ellie to come back home and will she find what she's looking for at Willow Tree Farm or will she risk having her heart broken all over again?

Summer at Willow Tree Farm is a wonderful romantic story. I loved Ellie. She's a strong woman with a good head on her shoulders. She will do anything to make her son happy. Josh had quite a few problems before he arrived at Willow Tree Farm and Ellie is hoping his new surroundings will do him good. I loved how she looks out for him. Being at Willow Tree Farm isn't without issues. Ellie and her mother have a lot of problems to solve and it was fabulous to see their relationship grow. Ellie feels a lot more at home at the commune than she used to, but Art is still an enigma. There's so much tension between them and I couldn't wait to find out where that would lead.

Heidi Rice has chosen a fantastic setting for her story. Willow Tree Farm is a beautiful original place and I loved her warm and welcoming descriptions of it. There's plenty of community spirit and it's clear from the start that people care about each other. I loved seeing the place through Ellie's eyes in both the past and the present. It was interesting to find out more about her disastrous summer and her plans for the future. It's a good combination that kept me interested from beginning to end. Summer at Willow Tree Farm is a charming and entertaining feelgood story, I really enjoyed reading this amazing book.


If you love original countryside romance you should definitely read Summer at Willow Tree Farm.


  1. It's an intriguing premise!


  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. It sounds like a lovely summer read for me :)

  5. Sounds like an emotional story.

  6. This book sounds wonderful. We had a willow tree in my yard when I was younger. It had the perfect configuration of branches that formed a safe bench for me to hide there and read the day away.

  7. I wish the summer was here now! Getting so fed up of the cold and damp!

  8. I like that there are scenes from the past & present.