Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain @Heidi_Swain @simonschusterUK

Poppy’s Recipe for Life is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an Amazon affiliate link)

Book Description:

Treat yourself to a glorious novel full of food, sunshine, friendship and love!

Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach.
She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies.
But the unexpected arrival of Poppy’s troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for …

My Thoughts:

Poppy finds herself moving to the wonderful location of Nightingale Square which is somewhere, where she has wanted to move to for a while but had never been quite in her reach. This is a small community where everyone knows each other and there is a great relationship between them all. Although Poppy’s new neighbour, Jacob, seems to be quite reluctant to get involved and get to know the other residents.

Over the course of the book we see Jacob’s frosty exterior start to melt and the friendship between Poppy and him growing. I so enjoyed reading of the relationship between Poppy and her brother Ryan also. Things are definitely off to a rocky course and I felt for both Poppy and her brother who haven’t had the easiest of family life with a mother like theirs!

For a small community, there is lots going off to keep the reader entertained. Lots of wonderful little threads with some of the other residents and romance is certainly in the air amongst other things.

Poppy’s Recipe for Life has all the ingredients for a great read. I loved the community spirit and it is generally a sweet and uplifting story. Was a lovely story to lose myself into over the weekend and had me envisioning the upcoming summer months as well as making me wanting to do a spot of gardening! Although not being green fingered, that may be a bit of a disaster waiting to happen! If you love a light hearted read that is both meaningful and will leave you feeling all warm and happy, then can whole heartedly recommend this one.

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