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An Island in the Sun by Kate Frost #Review

  Today we have another escapist read by Kate Frost . An Island in the Sun was published on Febtuary 6th by Boldwood Books.  Running away is what Tabitha Callahan does best until saying goodbye becomes too hard… When successful songwriter Tabitha Callahan swaps a summer of sadness for pet sitting around the world, she intends to use the time to heal her broken heart. Tabitha can’t believe her luck when she picks up a housesit on the rugged and beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira. The villa is luxurious, the views breath-taking and her charges, a gorgeous but aloof cat and two cute and friendly Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are perfect companions while she works on some new material and attempts to reconcile her past. However, her peace is shattered when an unexpected house guest puts paid to her much-needed time alone, forcing her to confront not only her feelings but what she actually wants from life. New friends and old dominate her time on the island, along with d

Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Barn by Jessica Redland #Review


Today we have the treat of a new standalone novel by Jessica Redland. Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Barn was published by Boldwood Books on January 24th.

Welcome to Bumblebee Barn, home to wonderful animals, stunning views and spectacular sunsets - and resident young farmer, Barney.

While Barney loves his life at Bumblebee Barn - a farm that has been in his family for generations - he's struggling to find someone to share it with. The early mornings quad biking through muddy fields and the long hours looking after the crops and animals are proving to be a deterrent to finding love.

So when his sister, Fizz - desperate for Barney to find his soulmate - sees an advert for Love on a Farm, a new reality TV show to help farmers find love, he has nothing to lose by applying. Afterall, he isn't meeting anyone suitable down the traditional route and surely he won't be picked anyway...?

Thrown into the chaos of reality TV, Barney could never have expected that his whole life would be turned upside down, with buried secrets to be uncovered and his heart on the line. With his family and friends rooting for him, could the magic of Bumblebee Barn heal his broken heart and help him find love on the farm?

 My Thoughts

This standalone novel is a delight to any fans of Jessica Redland as you get to check in with some familiar characters and a few gorgeous rescued hedgehogs. Bumblebee Barn turns out to be just as lovely and you can totally visualise the animals and the fields. Barney is a sensitive and family minded young man but his lonely life on the farm highlights how isolating farm life can be. I enjoyed meeting Amber and her family and the subplot of her sister tied in well with the themes of the story. Family and loyalty is very important but her treatment in the past by ambitious staff has had far reaching effects on her whole family. 

    This is a story which spans the generations and Barney feels a real link to previous generations. It is interesting to see how Fizz, his sister,  who is featured in previous stories at Hedgehog Hollow, is getting on and to see how events in her childhood have affected her whole family, especially her grandfather. Family, caring, working hard and being truthful about what you want in life all are important in the story. I am hoping for a return to Bumblebee Barn- we shall see!

In short: great characters, friends and family

About the Author


Jessica Redland writes emotional but uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast where she lives with her husband, daughter and sprocker spaniel. Her Hedgehog Hollow series, set in a hedgehog rescue centre, takes readers into the beautiful rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.


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Book links: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Jessica Redland, Boldwood Books and Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  
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  1. Thank you so much for joining the blog tour for Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Barn. I'm delighted you loved Barney and Amber's story. And, good news, we're hoping to bring out a sequel next year. Reader response has been so positive and everyone seems to want more so their wish is my command! x


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