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Coming Home to Holly Close Farm

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  25 reviews

Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. Charlie's sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.

Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she h

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Published February 5th 2019 by Aria
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Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Julie Houston has done it again.

Charlie Maddison is newly single, fired, evicted, and headed back to Westenbury to live with her parents. While she pines for the life she had in London, her great-grandmother, Madge, entices her with the revelation of Holly Close Farm, a secret home she’s left abandoned for over sixty years. Soon, Charlie’s using her architecture experience to project manage its renovation with her sister, Daisy. However, as the house takes shape, Madge reveals secrets of a warti
Finitha Jose
I have been a hardcore Houston fan ever since reading 'A Village Affair'. So I approached this new book of hers with some trepidation since a tiny voice inside me was reminding that I don't like war stories. Ya, you got it right! Never been a fan of guns and bombs . . . I am more of a bow and arrow girl. Thus I am happy to announce that out of the two interconnected stories, I enjoyed the world war love the most. Well, that is Julie's writing for you. Who could ever disregard a star crossed love ...more
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Chick Lit
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Coming Home to Holly Close Farm is a gorgeous story about a woman who, after finding out her boyfriend is married, goes home to her family. In doing this, the heroine now only learns to live on her own, but the secrets of her family that go back generations. Julie's ability to weave Charlies story within the history of her family is magnificent. I felt the anticipation of learning more information and loved how Charlie wa
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uno-2019
Amazing!! This book entranced me and kept me in thrall throughout. Far from the girlish romance I expected but a story of love and loss spanning the decades. To give any of the plot away would be a sacrilege for anyone else who reads this book. To not know is to liken reading this book to unwrapping a much longed for gift. Award yourself a few hours of pure indulgence and treat yourself to this tale.
Joanna Courtney
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book - Julie Houston at her sparkling best. Charlie is a warm and believable heroine and I loved the intersecting past and present narratives. As a lover of historical fiction I especially enjoyed the war sections but the present day narrative was lively and engaging and I was hooked throughout. A fantastic read - highly recommended.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Something very different from one of my favourite authors – a story with a dual timeline, a wartime story of dark secrets and hidden history, but coupled with a modern story with that more familiar light romantic feel and the usual family chaos. And I have to say that I thought it was just wonderful. I’d been intrigued by the atmospheric prologue, but the first dip into the past did have me slightly concerned – it’s Madge’s story, she initially does the telling, and I really just wanted to get b ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Net Galley and Aria for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Julie Houston has written a heart-warming family story that had me laughing out loud so many times. It was a thrill to meet Charlie Maddison, an architect who returns to her childhood roots in Westenbury after finding out that her boyfriend is a married father of three. Charlie's sister Daisy is home as well, a landscape gardener who is looking to make a name for herself and be near her family.

Their 94 yea
Lisa M
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two romances for the price of one! It took me at least until I was a quarter of the way in to get into this book as I struggled to remember which character was which but by the end my heart was full of hope!

Charlie goes home to family following a disastrous break-up which also leads to her losing her job as an architect, only to find she is able to renovate an old family property belonging to her great-grandmother (Madge).

As Charlie sets about drawing up plans for Holly Close Farm, she and her s
Jeannie Zelos
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it

Coming Home to Holly Close Farm, Julie Houston

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: general fiction (adult), women's fiction

Once more, women's fiction. Why, why alienate men? They read books like this too.

Anyway, I've loved all Julie's past stories, but this one wasn't a great fit for me. It could well be living circumstances, I'm between homes, living in my daughter's conservatory so getting “lost” in a book hasn't been easy. I may reread this at a later day and feel very differently.
Grass monster
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Blurb :
Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. Charlie's sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.
Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manag
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coming Home to Holly CLose Farm by Julie Houston is a wonderfully uplifting seasonal book that can be read any time.

When Charlie is thrown out from her apartment by her boyfriend's wife with all her earthly possessions packed into five garbage bags, she loses more than a cheeting boyfriend, she loses her dream job.
Out on the street in dismal November weather, where is a girl to go but home. And home is a crazy house, with dead grandfather who is sharing shelf with cats, one actress grandmother,
Stacy Walton
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know that you're in safe hands when you pick up a Julie Houston book and this story was everything that I hoped it would be and more. The writing was warm and witty which welcomed you in like a big warm hug and I was enthralled with the tragically beautiful story that slowly unfurled before my eyes.

Granny Madge was an absolute revelation as far as characters go. Her life story spanned decades and wove a delicious story of love and loss through the pages of this book which left me breathless.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a terrific story about two members of one family especially the great grandmother Madge and great granddaughter, architect Charlie . The story flips back and forth in time , in the past we see Madge as a young woman doing her bit for the war effort , and in present day we meet Madge again but in her 90’s , living in retirement home since she had some ill health , but all in all a well abled woman who still has all her faculties and is surrounded by her loving family. Charlie her gr ...more
Jane Hunt
Romantic love is often considered something you can only have when you’re young. Can you imagine your grandmother or great-grandmother falling in love, or do you just see the wrinkles, hear the repetitive stories and remember her forgetfulness?

Charlie reeling from a romantic betrayal finds that her great-grandmother Madge has kept so many secrets in her long life, including finding her true love, and the web of betrayal, deceit and secrets that this event spun.

Madge offers Charlie and her sister
Rosie Amber
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
4 stars

Coming Home To Holly Close Farm is a dual timeline romance. It features Charlie, a young woman spurned by her deceitful lover, and Madge, Charlie’s charming great-grandmother.

Charlie fled back to her childhood home in Yorkshire after a failed romance. While retrieving a coat for Madge, Charlie discovers an old photograph and a story that had been buried for more than sixty years unravels. See here for full review
Margaret Tinker
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read book.

Another most enjoyable read from Julie Houston. I love the continuity of the setting and characters whilst the story lines are individual.

Thank you .
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is going straight onto my favourite books ever-list. Full review coming soon but, just... Wow - such a gorgeous story.
Claire Scott
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has me torn in two, I loved it, and I didn’t. The story is told from Charlie’s POV as well as her great grandmother Madges POV. It tells the story of Charlie, forced to move back home after finding out her boyfriend, and boss, is married with children, is given the opportunity to project manage the renovation of her Great grandmother’s old house, which has been kept secret for 60 years. There is a tragic love story from the past, which we learn from Madge, which was heartbreakingly bea ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-com
While I enjoyed most of the book, the central character 'Charlie' was a little off=putting. It took too long for her to realize that an affair with a married man is a dead end street. Just wrong. The back story of her great-grandmother and her war-time romance was the best part of this book!.
Christine Galletly
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Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Talk about having a bad day! Charlie is on her way home only to find out that her boss/boyfriend is still in fact married and gets blindsided by his wife who locks out of her/their apartment and sees that she is fired from the job she loved and was expecting a promotion at. With a few garbage bags with her things little tossed in she has nowhere to go so with little choice, she heads home to her family in the
Noemi Proietti
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlotte “Charlie” Maddison has a good life. A great job as an architect for a big firm in London and a handsome boyfriend who also happens to be her boss and married with children as she discovers when she finds his wife waiting for her on her doorstep. Single, jobless, and homeless, Charlie has no choice but to move back to Yorkshire to live with her parents, her sister, and her grandmothers. Things start to turn up when her 94-year-old great-grandmother Madge asks her to supervise the renova ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful dual time line/perspective tale of two women in the same family. Charlie has had a rotten run of luck- really rotten-so she doesn't expect the wonderful offer from her great grandmother Madge. Madge has a home that's been left alone for 60 years and she wants Charlie and her sister Daisy to restore and renovate it. What a challenge this will be! Madge's story- the reason that Holly Close Farm is lying fallow- will spool out over the course of the book. You might like her mor ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the book! I enjoyed seeing Deimante,the lollipop lady, make an appearance in the book. I loved Madge’s story and learning all the secrets she kept hidden for so long. She was definitely one of my favorite parts. I found Charlie hard to like, especially in the beginning. After learning the truth about Dominic, I would have thought Charlie would never want to see him again. Having all her belongings put into garbage bags wasn’t enough humiliation, she had to keep calling, texting and emailin ...more
Katherine Hayward
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charlie Maddison loves her work as an architect in London, but then something happens in her life that brings her happiness in life skidding to a halt. She and her boyfriend Dominic were living together and things were good. When she finds out he's married, she gets on the train with her belongings and does not look back.

Her destination? Westenbury, the town of her childhood and the home of her parents. Charlie's sister Daisy is overjoyed when she's back together with her sister.

Things get int
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Julie Houston’s first three novels GOODNESS, GRACE AND ME, THE ONE SAVING GRACE and LOOKING FOR LUCY are all Amazon Humour #1 best sellers both here in the UK and Australia. LOOKING FOR LUCY hit the #1 best seller overall in Australia. Her new novel, A VILLAGE AFFAIR will be published in November 2018 and HOLLY CLOSE FARM in February 2019.

Julie lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novel