Thanks to Books and The City/Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read and read a digital proof copy of the new Heidi Swain book after hearing about this at the Showcase 2021 event. My thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift. This book is due to be published in the UK on April 29th 2021.
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 regular readers of my book review blog will be aware, I discovered Heidi’s books in 2020 and have been busy playing catch up on the Nightingale Square and Wynbridge books. A Taste of Home is part of the Wynbridge series and it was lovely to meet some of the characters from the previous books again. However, the main characters are all new to this story, so it is possible to read this without having read the earlier books.
After a sad start to the book, for the funeral of the mother of Fliss, we travel to Wynbridge to meet the grandfather she didn’t know existed. The story follows Fliss as she adjusts to life in the UK and wonders if she can help her grandfather save the family farm with help from her new friends and neighbours.
I’m pleased to say that Heidi’s story is as usual, full of great characters, delicious food and new friendships. A lovely uplifting book, which made me crave cake and fruit. This was a fabulous story to escape into on a cold winter evening. Thank you Heidi for another wonderful Wynbridge visit.
Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she finally plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.
A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enjoys the company of a whole host of feisty female characters.
Heidi can be found at the keyboard at all hours of the day and night and quite often scribbling longhand in her car during her lunch break. She lives in stunning south Norfolk with her wonderful son and daughter