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Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  730 ratings  ·  102 reviews

‘[Rebecca Raisin] is a modern Maeve Binchy’ - Books for Bunny

A truly decadent and delicious romance, perfect for long summer days and nights

Maple sugar kisses

Lucy would do anything for her mom…but she never expected to end up promising to leave her. After her mom got sick, Lucy dropped everything to take care of her, working all hours in a greasy diner just to make e

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 17th 2015 by Carina (first published March 23rd 2015)
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Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute read taking us back to Ashford with a new cast of characters but also revisiting the old friends from the Gingerbread Cafe. Sweet but not too sugary Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is another charming book from Rebecca Raisin.
Secrets of Maple Syrup Farm by Rebecca Raisin is a 2015 Carina UK publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

As sad as I was to say goodbye to the wonderful folks at the Gingerbread Cafe, I couldn't wait to see what new adventures Rebecca Raisin had in story for us.

This new book is centered around Lucy, a young woman who has put her dreams on hold in order to care for her chronically ill mother. But, when her mothe
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having waited for 6 months for this book to be released, the second I saw it available on Netgalley I jumped on requesting it, and started reading it the same evening. I had been a bit worried that it may not live up to my expectations, but my fears were eradicated within the first few pages.

I was hooked on Secrets at Maple Farm almost instantly. The book starts on a serious note, and had a real depth and compassion to it, that I haven't seen in Rebecca's writing before. Lucy, has a sick mum wi
Arlena Dean

Title: Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina UK
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm" by Rebecca Raisin

What I liked about this novel....

This was another one of this author's great novels that I did enjoy reading. It was so interesting to know that Lucy's mum who was suffering from a long term illness wanted her daughter... something special for her daughter. So, we find Lucy on an adventure for a year...ending up in Ashford, Connecti
Fiona Wilson
Having loved the previous books the author has written I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one. I downloaded it as soon as I could and read it in two days, staying up late to finish it the second day, even though I am currently on holiday! This author is a must read for me.

Lucy is a brilliant character. She has guts, strength, and she is ballsy! She doesn't take nonsense from anyone, knows her own mind, but deep down is very much a mummy's girl who would do anything for her mum. In fact it is
Bethany Clark
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magical, breathtaking details, and secrets around each corner...
I couldn't be more in love with Rebecca's new story!
Clay is this heart throb who just wants to be left alone...
Lucy is taking a year to find herself, a request made by her mother who she has been taking care of.

They need each other more than they know at the time and magic is in the air for these two!

Lucy finds Ashford randomly during her travels and chooses to make it her home during this period in her life.
She meets some of my fa
I read this for the first time in 2015 but somehow forgot to post my review anywhere so I’m endeavouring to rectify that now. This is a lovely story of Lucy following her Mum’s instructions and going on an adventure for a year! She jumps on a bus and ends up in Ashford, Conneticut where she persuades Clay to let her be an assistant on the Maple Syrup Farm that he has inherited. Whilst this works as a standalone, Ashford is the setting for other books by this author and it was great to reconnect ...more
Suze Lavender
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy is taking care of her sick mother. She's working as many hours as she can, so she can pay the bills. When she comes home she has her mother to look after. Because Lucy's mother thinks it's been enough she tells Lucy that she should go away for a year. They used to travel around together and were used to a nomadic existence. Now it's time for Lucy to have her own adventure. She loves drawing and painting and her mother wants her to have a chance at a career, she wants Lucy to follow her pass ...more
Petra Quelch
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is the first book by Rebecca Raisin I have had the pleasure of reading. I could not wait to send my little bookworms to play with their lovely daddy while I snuggled down on my comfy sofa and happily dived into the world of the magical maple trees, the picturesque town of Ashford and it's welcoming residents I heard so much about.

I quickly discovered that the story-line of The Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is highly addictive and utterly captivating.

Lucy is such a b
Vera mallard
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Secrets at Maple Sugar Farm by Rebecca Raisin pub date 7-17-15
Great Contemporary Romance

Lucy, 28, and her mother live in Detroit and have always been travelers; on to the next adventure until her mother became ill. As her mother lays in a hospital bed she has a request she makes of Lucy, a promise Lucy does not want to make, but must for hers mothers peace of mind. The request is for Lucy to quit her job, get on the first bus out town without looking at the destination, and spend a year working
Jo Hughes
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Rebecca Raisin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When we first meet Lucy her life is endless shifts at a diner she hates and hospital visits to see her mum. Her mum tells Lucy to take some time out and go travelling. This is where Lucy ends up in Ashford.

Right from page one I liked Lucy, she wanted to do her best by her mom, but at the same time she has given up so much. Lucy instantly meets CeeCee who fans of Rebecca's other books
Melanie Mole
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book kept me riveted the whole way through

The characters were so delicious that I could have almost eaten them. Each with their unique things going on in their lives, but all so willing to help each other along the way.

I could see myself in their shoes no matter what age or sex they were as it was so well written. At times it felt that I actually was part of the story, like I was breathing the same air as them, and as though they were waiting for me to just dive right in.

I wanted to be a p
Loraine Oliver
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Loraine by: Net Galley
Shelves: reviewed-books
Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm is by an author that is new to me and I loved this book so much I will be reading the rest of her books as well. It's no secret that I love to read books in a series, so when I found out this was just one of several books in this series, I felt less disappointed when I finished, knowing there is more, because this book was so good I got a book hangover from it!

Lucy is a 28 year old girl when we meet her at the beginning of this book, and we quickly find out that s
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is the latest book by Rebecca Raisin, an author whose books I love more than anything. There’s something about Rebecca’s books that are so warm and inviting that I find I never want to leave them and Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm was no exception. Here, we meet Lucy who is a kind-hearted, caring character who is lovely but really does need to have a bit more self-belief. Lucy’s mum has an illness which
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
felt enjoyed this light hearted read with a bit of mystery thrown in. Great characters that made me smile.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice little love story.
Lots of work to make maple syrup.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca Raisin is an author that writes such delicious stories you can't help but devour them in one sitting. The Gingerbread series kicked off with Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe and I was hooked. Each book in the series was like adding icing on to the cake, making each more delicious than the last. Rebecca's style of writing ensures the characters she penned become like true friends. I really miss them when the book ends.

Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm sees Lucy beginning a journey. For the la
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"Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm" is all about Lucy, who after years of looking after her sick mum, makes the harrowing journey from her home in Detroit, to anywhere the first bus heading out of town is going.

She really doesn’t want to go, but her mum made her promise that she would have a year to herself, which included applying for a scholarship at the ‘Da Vinci Institute’ in Paris to follow her dream of becoming an artist.

Lucy’s bus takes her to the little village of Ashford, the home of ‘The Gin
Mary Brown
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Maple sugar kisses

Lucy would do anything for her mom…but she never expected to end up promising to leave her. After her mom got sick, Lucy dropped everything to take care of her, working all hours in a greasy diner just to make ends meet and spending every spare moments she had by her mom’s hospital bedside.

Now, Lucy is faced with a whole year of living by her own rules, starting by taking the first bus out of town to anywhere…

Except she didn’t expect to find her next big adventure just
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Lucy has been run ragged working double shifts in the diner so she can pay the rent and also the hospital fees for her seriously ill mother. She doesn’t find this routine a chore, it’s just what is needed at this moment in time. However, her passion is art, especially painting, and her dream would be to further her learning at The Van Gogh Art Institute in Paris. Her mom asks her for one favour and that is to take a year off from the daily routine of working and looking after her and to travel a ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today I am part of the Lovely Rebecca Raisin’s Blog Tour for her new novel Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm.
Firstly I want to say thank you to Tay for letting me part of this wonderful blog tour but also to Rebecca for writing such a superb book once again!

Secret at Maple Syrup Farm we meet Lucy who at the beginning of the book is looking after her mother who is seriously ill, however her mum wants her to live her life and go travelling just like her mum did but also apply to the university in Paris
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my days Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm, what can I say, well thank you Rebecca, it's like coming home and putting your favourite trusted slippers on. I have given my all into the people of Ashford and I've only been able to do that because of Rebecca's writing which draws you in, so you invest into each and every one of her characters.
This was a stand alone book but the life from the Gingerbread Trilogy is alive and kicking in this new book. It has it's own main characters and can be read s
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
People are simple in a complicated way. That itself says that it isn't easy to understand how humans function.

The characters in this beautiful story are simple with complex backgrounds. The scenery of day to day life is beautiful in its own way; slow, lazy, wonderfully close to nature, filled with love, friendships, secrets, struggles, laughs and the small town camaraderie between the easily lovable characters. Some of the narration is pure poetry and paints a stunning picture.

I found the story
Susans bookworld
i received the book in return for a honest review and i gave this a 5 star review.

i loved all of rebeccas books and i have grown to love ashford since i have read gingerbreads series, in this book we caught up with cece and lil and sarah from the gingerbread series, we also meet the lovely clay who as taken over the maple syrup farm.
we return to ashford in this book after what seems like a long time away but this time to hear about lucys story
Haylie Eketone
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looooooved this book. I was also worried this book would reach my expectations and as always with Rebecca raisin I am pleasantly surprised with how her writing captures me, inspires me and softens my heart. I hope this love story continues in more stories within Ashford. These characters are so relatable and so loveable and these books are always FEEL GOOD :)

Don't ever stop Rebecca
Colette Lamberth
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
When the narrative is in the first person you have to like the main character to stand a chance of liking the book and I struggled. Lucy is supposed to be late 20s I think but I felt like she came over like a teenager. I feel bad for not loving the book as the setting sounded lovely and like somewhere I would like to visit.
Lynne McCartney
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. read it whilst on holiday, and it was a perfect holiday read. well written with lovely characters, and just envelops the reader with warmth. would definitely recommend to others
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series...and this is no exception. Just so beautifully written, cute, without being overly sweet.

Emma Crowley
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is the first book I have read from an author who I know is hugely popular and one whom I have heard nothing but good things about. As I am new to the writing of Rebecca Raisin I was keen to discover would she live up to all the hype and the expectations I had before beginning this book? The title slotted in perfectly with Food and Drink month and there were endless tasty descriptions of treats baked and cooked in the Gingerbread Café not to mention all the delicious m ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful weekend read. I thoroughly enjoyed the simple premise and the way the story flowed so easily. It was an enjoyable and relaxing read, the imagery was so picturesque, I really loved the farm and had fun imagining what Lucy's and Jessup's paintings both looked like and of course Clay sounded both infuriating and delightful.
It was a really nice change to my usual reading, something so pure and simple, about nice people who had normal lives.

The town of Ashford seemed like a
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