Thanks to Books and The City/Simon and Schuster UK for the opportunity to read and review a beautiful copy of the new Heidi Swain book after hearing about this at their Showcase 2021 event. My thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift. This book was 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…?
Have you been reading the other reviews on the blog tour?
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. Her early hours at the farm nearly scare her off from the UK with a number of misunderstandings but thankfully the timely intervention of her mother’s former best friend enable Fliss to start to learn more about the community her mother grew up in. This is a non spoiler review so I’m not going to give away any more of the story.
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 fresh fruit. I have attached a copy of Nonna’s secret recipe for you to try, thanks to Heidi for sharing this on her social media channels. This was a fabulous story to escape into and I’ve been busy recommending it. I’m pleased to have seen just this weekend that Heidi is already planning 5 more books.
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