Coming Home To Holly Close Farm is a dual timeline romance. It features Charlie, a young woman spurned by her deceitful lover, and Madge, Charlie’s charming great-grandmother.
Charlie fled back to her childhood home in Yorkshire after a failed romance. While retrieving a coat for Madge, Charlie discovers an old photograph and a story that had been buried for more than sixty years unravels.
When nineteen-year-old Madge joined up during World War Two, London offered her escape from home and a boyfriend who wanted more than she did. On a night out Madge met James, who went on to be her one true love. But the war and James’s family were about to tear them apart.
Now aged ninety-four, Madge finds it’s time to reveal past secrets.
I really enjoyed Madge’s story. The way it was interspersed between Charlie’s modern-day tale was tantalising, as I was eager to get back to it each occasion the time-line changed. Madge’s family were a colourful mix of characters. I also enjoyed the humour surrounding the ‘Almost Heaven’ care home.
Ideal for those who enjoy a little mystery surrounding a sweet romance.
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Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. Charlie’s sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.
Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manage its renovation.
As work gets underway, the sisters start uncovering their family’s history, and the dark secrets that are hidden at the Farm. A heart-breaking tale of wartime romance, jealousy and betrayal slowly emerges, but with a moral at its end: true love can withstand any obstacle, and, before long, Charlie dares to believe in love again too…