5 /5 stars
I loved everything about this gorgeous book especially Dragonfly Farm and its residents past and present.
Sunshine, cider and family secrets...
Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors - arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live on the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell.
For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved Great-Uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they've always belonged might now belong to them...
But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a Culbone. Gabriel has no idea why he's been included, or what his connection to the farm - or the Melchiors - can be.
As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?
Thank you to Anne Cater for the invitation to the tour and to Orion for the gifted copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.
Firstly, I do have to disclose that I love Veronica’s books and I was so excited to be ask on the tour and I also was lucky to see Veronica at an event at Crediton Community Bookshop with Lucy Diamond when she was talking about A Home from Home.
The story begins with a reconciliation after a tragedy becomes Gum, Tabitha and Georgia’s beloved Great Uncle.
This tragedy also introduces Dash, one of the Culbones, rivals of the Melchiors for many years who live just across the river. The book goes to reunite the other members of the Culbone family who also have past connections to the Melchiors.
Then at the reading of Gum's Will, the girls find out that a third of the farm has been left to Gabriel Culbone and no-one seems to know why.
The families have many skeletons in their closets which they are both are reluctant to uncover and to stir up the past.
However, the past does not stay hidden and the families have to come to terms with the revelations.
I loved how Veronica wrote this book it had such a wonderful feel to it right from the outset, the characters were cleverly written and there were certainly some surprises along the way. Veronica really knows how to write about families and there was an element of Romeo and Juliet in the story with the feuding families and I loved the feel of Dragonfly farm and the uncovering of all the secrets and the different strands to the story coming together.
Love, deception and sadness all come along with the characters of Dragonfly Farm. I absolutely loved this book and I did not want it to end. I hope that there may be more of Dragonfly Farm in the future.
Congratulations to Ronnie on your 20th book what an achievement and this one is just fab !
About the Author
Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for THE ARCHERS, HEARTBEAT and HOLBY CITY amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD for A NIGHT ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.
Find out more at www.veronicahenry.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @veronica_henry