Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.
But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm, Isla’s lonely
I’m absolutely telling you my seventy-year-old gran is on Tinder and probably has a more active sex life than all of us put together…
‘I’ve got a match,’ squealed Rona. ‘Oh my … he’s got no teeth and looks like he would be better fitted in a police line-up … look!’ ‘I told you, you were swiping the wrong way … let’s have a look,’ chuckled Martha. ‘He’s not too bad, maybe a little overweight, bald and probably has his own teeth – well, the ones he has … well worth a date, I say.’
I had mixed feelings about Foxglove farm. It’s written beautifully and all the characters are what I would expect from this town I’ve come to love. My problem with this book is it’s not what I would class as a romance. The conflict is money between a married couple.
Drew hasn’t told his wife the farm is struggling instead he’s struggling to deal with the emotions of the burden. Is ...more
Foxglove Farm is an emotive, charming story that takes us to the quaint English countryside and into the lives of Isla and Drew Allaway who after years of marriage find themselves drifting apart and struggling to keep both their farm and their relationship afloat.
The writing is sincere and light. The characters are genuine, hardworking, and supportive. And the plot is a touching, dramatic tale about life, love, family, friendship, community, taking chances, sta ...more
Isla thought she and Drew had the perfect marriage. Recently, completely out of character for him, Drew seemed to be withdrawn and short tempered most of the time, blaming whatever is bothering him on Isla. She knew how hard Drew worked, running the farm, but with a young child at school and a three month old baby, Isla ...more
This book is based on Isla and Drew and they live on the farm and ...more
It was great to return back as I fell in love with the characters and fabulous setting in the first book so was very much looking forward to catching up with the characters again. What I love about books like this one, is that we get to keep up to date with the characters we met and loved in the previous book but get to know characters that were more in t ...more
Roll on the next instalment!
Thanks to NetGalley, Christie Barlow and Harper Impulse for the opportunity to read and review this lovely book.
Although this is the second book in the Love Heart Lane series, this is perfectly readable as a standalone. I did have some issues with this one especially in the beginning which I'll mention shortly, but you'd have no problem picking up this book and diving right into it. ...more
The focus here was on Isla and Drew of Foxglove Farm but it was nice to be reunited with the whole cast of characters, and some new faces, from the last story. Drew's farm has plummeted into financial troubles which he hides from Isla until the unthinkable happens and so all is e ...more
It was wonderful being back in Heartcross amongst familiar faces, and although Felicity and Fergus are present, this time the focus of the book is on Felicity's best friend Isla and Drew. They live on Foxglove Farm and based on the arguments we are greeted with, things aren't going too well.
However it takes a while for the reader and ...more
Foxglove Farm is the second instalment of the Love Heart Lane series, but it can be read as a stand-alone without any further problem. I haven’t read the first book in the series either, but that is not really a problem. Of course you feel that you miss a little background story, but I think most of the details were filled in by the author. Ideal for new ...more
Ok, it’s true you miss some background information but once you have finished this one, you will run to the bookstore and buy the first part as well.
If you love reading stories about those little close knit communities, then you will be in for a treat. I for ...more
Isla and Drew Allaway live at Foxglove Farm, they’ve been together years and with two gorgeous children they seem to have a ...more
Whilst Love Heart Lane focused on Felicity and Fergus, Foxglove Farm is centred around Isla and Drew who live at the farm. This book picks up a few months after the last book therefore Isla and Drew are now parents to two boys, Finn and Angus following Angus’s arrival at the end of Love Heart Lane. However things are far from rosy at the fa ...more
It’s great to be back with book two of the Love Heart Lane series, this time focusing on Isla and Drew. It reads perfectly well as a standalone, but I really do recommend you read the first one, I mean why miss out!
With certain authors, I read their books without checking out the blurb. I feel if I’ve loved one of their books I should generally love them all and Ms Barlow is one of them. Even when I started Foxglove Farm, I had no clue what it was about and from the opening pages I was hooked an ...more
It’s a surprisingly emotional story – a marriage in a state of disintegration, every attempt to mend it only ma ...more
This is a story where striving to solve things on your own proves so wrong. It is only when others are aware of your problems that they can help! However, sometimes you really do need to che ...more
I completely fell in love with Love Heart Lane so when I heard about FOXGLOVE FARM by Christie Barlow was released I was really excited to read the next instalment in this series. But like all series there is always that worry that the next book won't live up to the first but I am happy to say that FOXGLOVE FARM is even better.
Isla and Drew have been married forever, have their beautiful family, and their farm, and everything seems perfect. But 'se ...more
Christie’s characters in Isla and Drew really reflected on issues that many couples go through but this is handled with such care and affection, so much so, Isla will resonate with many women. She really made me feel welcome and part of the community and story in this book.
This is the second book to the Love Heart Lane series and having raced through the first one, I was del ...more
The book touched on some deep themes which I think were dealt with very appropriately.
There was lots of action too and I was gripped in knowing about their relationship and resolving their problems from the very beginning! Lots of developments and not a single cold chapter.
The book was a very easy read and I’m glad I’ve now found Christine Barlow as I’m going to go and read all her ...more
**Received from Netgalley for review**