A Year at Appleyard Farm
Down a winding lane lined with honeysuckle and wild flowers, there’s a beautiful orchard beside the rushing River Wye. There, in a little farmhouse in the furthest corner, a young woman has a difficult and life-changing decision to make…
Life on Appleyard Farm is all Freya Sherbourne has ever known. Having spent her childhood playing between the blossom-heavy apple trees, Freya can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. But times have been hard since her father’s sudden death, and now that she’s being forced to put the farm up for sale, her world is about to come crashing down.
Holding back the tears, she starts packing boxes while waiting for a buyer. Now the river no longer sparkles and the apples taste a little less sweet. She hasn’t felt this lost since she ran from the altar fifteen years ago to escape a loveless marriage.
But when her childhood friend Sam re-appears in town, more handsome and attentive than she ever remembered, Freya’s eyes begin to twinkle once again. She loves the sound of his laugh and the way he makes her feel, but she is still hesitant. Can she trust Sam when he is so similar to the man she nearly married? How does she know she won’t make the same mistakes again?
Falling in love is scary, especially when you don’t know what the future holds. And when Freya discovers that Sam has been keeping a secret, one that threatens the future of farm and their rekindled relationship, she finds herself at an impossible crossroads.
Will Freya turn her back on love for the second time and choose to save the farm? Or will she be brave enough to finally follow her heart?
A gorgeous story about love, friendship and new beginnings. Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson should grab a cup of hot chocolate, curl up on the sofa and prepare to be carried away!
A Year at Appleyard Farm was previously published separately as: Merry Mistletoe, Spring Fever, Gooseberry Fool, and Blackberry Way.
What readers are saying about A Year at Appleyard Farm:
‘Absolutely fabulous… kept me hooked from page one to the fantastic ending… a perfect story to snuggle up on your sofa and read… I LOVED IT… Very well written, flowed beautifully and loved the storyline… Well done Emma, a fantastic success!!!… I completely devoured it!!!… I could not recommend this book enough!!!’ BookWorm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Impossible to put down… devoured it… beautifully written with some great characters… completely joyous five star read.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘It’s books like this one which makes me feel so honoured to have the gift of reading. It’s books like this which just highlights why Emma Davies is one of my all-time favourite authors… the perfect escapism. The ideal pick me up… beautifully written and an absolute joy to read – if you read just one book this year, please make it A Year at Appleyard Farm. You won’t regret it.’ The Writing Garnet
‘Wonderful… well written and holds your attention. Once you start reading you don’t want to stop… a heart-warming book that you don’t want to miss.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Touching… got just what I bargained for: an excellent read. One that was utterly compelling… made my heart sing… captivated my attention from beginning to end.’ Robin Loves Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘The perfect book to read when you want to feel good and smile… uplifting, heart-warming and cosy… highly enjoyable and engrossing… I was hooked and read it in one sitting… An excellent book that I strongly recommend.’ Scrapping and Playing, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Leaves the reader feeling warm inside… A 5 star read for me – this was a virtual hug in a book, perfect for an autumn evening snuggled up with a dog and a hot chocolate.’ Karen K Is Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐