Monday, April 9, 2018

Blog Tour and Book Review: A Home at Honeysuckle Farm

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A Home at Honeysuckle Farm

A family secret

One shocking argument and ten-year-old Alice Parker’s world was turned upside down. Her peaceful life at Honeysuckle Farm in the quiet rural village of Brook Bridge swapped for the bustling metropolis of New York City. Alice’s life was changed forever…


A second chance

Now, thirteen years later, Alice’s American dream is over. With her life in tatters, there is only one place Alice wants to be… home at Honeysuckle Farm. So, when Alice learns her beloved Grandie is ill, she knows this is her last chance to heal the family rift.


A forever home?

But secrets still swirl in Brook Bridge, and Alice is no closer to discovering the truth. And for some reason her new friendship with local heartthrob Sam Reid seems to be making the locals tense.
Sick of the lies Alice knows it’s time to lay the past to rest once and for all. But could the truth ruin her hopes of ever calling Honeysuckle Farm home again?





My Book Review

Thank you to the publisher and author for this eARC. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me participate on this blog tour. The following is my honest opinion.

Let me preface this by saying I don’t know what I am going to rate this book. While reading this book, I was annoyed, I cried, I laughed, and I couldn’t put it down. The story is about a long lost English girl who has moved to New York, but once she finds her grandfather is sick goes to England to see him. While there she uncovers a bunch of mysteries from the past that are affecting the present.

This story ended up being a feel good happy story. I like those as real life isn’t always sunshine and roses. The MC, Alice, overcomes some obstacles and ends up happy. I did enjoy the overall story line. There were parts that pulled on my heartstrings and made me tear up. There were parts that I was happy for her. The story itself flowed well and was a quick read. The author did a fantastic job describing the people and settings. I especially loved the ending and wish it was longer.

As for how I was annoyed, it was little things in the story line. In New York, Alice was broke. She didn’t have any money for food, rent, or utilities, yet she had a smart phone, a Kindle, a laptop, ipad, and internet. I have been broke, and I did not have all the latest gadgets. She also didn’t go through security before she got on the plane to England but when she did when she landed. Also, her mom gave her an old bank book, but then it wasn’t mentioned again. These were just in the first couple of paragraphs. I also found certain parts of the story to be clichรฉd. Like falling for the guy from the wrong family and having a long standing family feud. Did it affect the overall story? No. Where any of the details that important? Not really. Did they affect my enjoyment of the story? No. It just bothered my OCD of details, which is a personal problem.

Tank and I give this a 3 paws. It was a nice light hearted read that ended well.

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About Christie Barlow

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream and A Home at Honeysuckle Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.
She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch

 Website www.christiebarlow.com

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18 comments:

  1. The book cover and blog tour images are certainly cute.

    Hope your next read is a 5 star! :)

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  2. "In New York, Alice was broke. She didn’t have any money for food, rent, or utilities, yet she had a smart phone, a Kindle, a laptop, ipad, and internet." That would drive me absolutely nuts!

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  3. This one is coming up on my calendar too. I fell for the cover and title ;)

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  4. Even the title sounds precious! Hopefully the next one is a better read for you!

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  5. Fantastic review. Little threads not tied up and details bother me too. I hope the next read is a more enjoyable one.

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  6. I don't know, I think the little things are important. It is the difference between an ok read and an amazing read. So, I get where you are coming from. Those would annoy me also!

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    1. I am so glad you get it! The story was good without the details!

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  7. The book cover is just too adorable! Too bad it fell short. :(

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  8. Great review. I've seen a lot about this book lately, all good.

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  9. I actually get the whole electronic thing. Those are one time purchases and impulse buys. I'd rather go without food than have some kind of electronic. Also, whenever I've been to NY, the people I see there have their phone grafted into their hand. It's crazy. Now all that being said, you shared a fair review and I'm sorry it didn't work out for you.

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  10. and PS. My daughter is in love with Tank :)

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  11. Looks super cute! I have this one a pass because I'm buried in too deep in the arc pile, haha. I'm glad you had fun reading it!

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  12. Great review I can totally understand about the few things that annoyed you I will be annoyed as well. But this book looks and sounds like a really great emotional book. I'm glad you enjoyed it, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.

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