Posted in Book Review

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles – The Flower Farm – Phillipa Ashley – 5* Review


Jess has lived at the idyllic flower farm on the Isles of Scilly her whole life, but when her boyfriend Adam leaves without explanation, Jess discovers that even her little slice of Cornish heaven can be lonely.

For the first time in Will’s life, he’s met someone he can’t stop thinking about. But nothing is simple when the woman of your dreams is working for you.

Gaby is running away from painful memories, and where could be more perfect than a remote island off the Cornish coast? But to put the past behind her, she must keep moving … however much she might want to stay.

Nothing is simple, even in paradise. Will love bloom for the residents of the little Cornish Isles?

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My Thoughts…

There’s nothing like flowers and a picturesque island to make you think of Spring and the second book in the Little Cornish Isles series – ‘The Flower Farm’ does that. If you’ve read the first book in the series ‘The Driftwood Inn’, you’ll remember that Will and Jess run the flower farm on St Saviour.

Jess thought she’d found ‘the one’ but Adam’s behaviour changes without explanation, he leaves, and she is heartbroken.

Will is all about work but meeting Gaby makes him question his outlook on life but it’s complicated, she’s a temporary worker on the flower farm, so he’s her boss, and she’s not planning to stay around, maybe it’s best if he does nothing?

After a family tragedy, Gaby is running and determined to live life to the full. The Isles of Scilly are remote enough for her to heal but she never thought she would meet someone who would make her want to stay, maybe it’s best he doesn’t feel the same way?

Romance, humour and sadness all vie for attention in this lovely story, the setting is beautiful with plenty of intrinsic characters to make it come alive. The story’s main protagonists are complex and likeable, and the plot has more than a few surprises. Living life in the moment is the message of this feel-good read and its the perfect sentiment for Spring, enjoy, I did.

I received a copy of this book from Avon UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.


Posted in Inspiration

The Last Flowers of Summer? – Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall and Gardens

 Earlier in the week I blogged about my visit to Hardwick Hall and Gardens. If you read my Tuesday post you’ll appreciate I got more than expected when I visited the house. 🙂

 My earlier visit to the beautiful gardens was I’m happy to say uneventful but enjoyable. In late August the flowers were not at their peak but there were still lots of beautiful flowers to be admired.

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There was also an exhibition of modern sculpture in the gardens depicting ‘The Men who Built Hardwick’.

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What I loved about the gardens was how family friendly they were. Children were encouraged to play on the vast grassy areas with hula hoops. ball games and skittles. A far cry from visiting stately houses when I was a child when ‘Keep Off The Grass’ was the most common sign. 😉

Continuing the activities for the young at heart there was some very cute trees with their own small doors for any Fae or small creatures that lived in the gardens.

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 If you prefer something more classical, these ladies should appeal?

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Definitely plenty of inspiration for a historical romance here?

Thanks to my lovely husband for taking the flower, house and statue photos for this post x