In a break from my “normal” blog schedule, I am today posting a standalone book review of Heidi Swain’s upcoming novel A Taste of Home. I am absolutely honoured to have been able to read a pre-release copy of Heidi’s newest book as I love the feel-good books that Heidi writes.
Here is the blurb on “A Taste of Home”:
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 with all of Heidi’s characters, Fliss is extremely likeable. She’s warm and friendly and her uncertain position in the world gives you a sense of sympathy and a desire for her journey to turn out well. The other characters she meets are also loveable, genuine and authentic. In some ways it’s hard to work out why Fliss was taken in by the actions of one character (no spoilers, so won’t say who), however it is entirely plausible to be taken in by someone when you’re embroiled in that situation. Therefore, the story is believable and you do feel for Fliss as she is open and trusting, even when people don’t deserve her to be.
It’s lovely to be back in the town of Wynbridge, which is where Heidi has set several of her previous novels. It’s also nice to read references to past characters who pop up occasionally through the story. However, there is no need to have read all of Heidi’s earlier books first, as this works well as a standalone.
In A Taste of Home, the story is set on a fruit farm, and the inner workings of the farm are also interesting to learn about. However, the desire to eat lots of fruit and sweet treats is also very overwhelming, so be warned.
A Taste of Home is hug of a book. There’s a budding romance on the cards; the loveable character of Bill, who you want to reach in and hug; and there’s also the element of learning to find a way through life when it’s been turned on its head. It’s a feel good, easy read novel, which is the root of Heidi’s success. A Taste of Home has everything you can want from a Heidi Swain novel, and I highly recommend it.
Preorder A Taste of Home
You can preorder A Taste of Home by Heidi Swain, 2021, Simon & Schuster Ltd (publication date 29 April, 2021) from:
About Heidi (Bio from Amazon)
Heidi Swain is the Sunday Times Top Ten best-selling author of Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair. Her other titles include The Cherry Tree Café, Summer at Skylark Farm, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland, Poppy’s Recipe for Life, The Christmas Wish List, The Secret Seaside Escape and The Winter Garden (you can read my review of The Winter Garden here.
Heidi lives in beautiful south Norfolk with her family and a mischievous cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside, collecting vintage paraphernalia and reading. Her #tbr pile is always out of control!