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Меденият изгрев над хълма

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,266 ratings  ·  99 reviews
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По време на едно магично лято Нел се влюбва в планините на остров Крит, който променя живота ѝ завинаги.

Точно когато има нужда от ново начало, тя открива, че пчелната ферма в същото хълмисто градче, в което е била преди години се нуждае от помощ. Гърция я приветства с широко отворени обятия, слънце и аромат на маще
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 2021 by Ера
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Dale Harcombe
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With her daughter Demi off to London,, Nell is trying to figure out what to do with herself, especially after her workplace is out of action for several weeks. Thinking back to the past and the summer she had in Crete eighteen years before, Nell signs up to WWOOFing. For those who have never heard of it, as I hadn’t, it stands for worldwide working on organic farms. Apparently it exists in Australia as well. I like books where I learn something new along the way. When there is a job going on Cre ...more
What I liked about reading The Honey Farm On The Hill is how Jo Thomas has the ability in her writing to take you right there in Crete, the largest of the Greek islands . Welcome to author Jo Thomas you will love reading her books. She writes about food, families and of course love that we all like to escape to read. The story is with a good splash of sun and fun thrown in. There is also a disaster too when a Christmas decoration factory is burnt down.
Rachel Gilbey
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Transport yourself to Crete this summer, to a rather special Honey Farm (that is missing its bees), a huge mystery as to what is happening to rare herb, masses of great Greek food, and the search for a lost love, in this wonderful new novel from Jo Thomas.

Incredibly enjoyable to read and a relatively quick read at that, it is full of one main great story plus a few other threads interlinking in. This is a book where I learnt a whole new acronym that I had never come across before, for Nell deci
Lauren Tess'x
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The honey farm on the hill was my first book by Jo Thomas and will not be the last. It was also my first chick-lit book after a long break from the genre.

This is a book about first loves and moving on.

What I really loved about this book was just how quickly I was drawn in and how I really felt included. I really loved the setting of Crete and the characters. There were parts of the books where I felt saddened and angry but these feelings were quickly taken over by joy and happiness.

The honey far
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. From the start Jo Thomas takes the reader on a wonderful journey through the Greece that I remember as it comes under attack from mass tourism. There is a magical quality to this book in the form of a healing herb that only grows in one remote spot. Coupled with Nell's memories of her visit to Greece many years before, this book is one for everybody who enjoys romance, Greece and a darned good story. ...more
Nicola Clough
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jo's books and she always has the way of transporting you to the country she is writing about. This book is full of secrets, families, food and love and has many twists and turns and has you hooked and wanting to know does happen. She has an amazing way of writing her books and you think you are there and wanting to see what the end result will be for them all.
Nell fell in love with Crete years ago and 18 years later she is ready for a new beginning. The factory she works is in burnt dow
Lydia Bailey
Chick lit isn’t my preferred genre so as this is a book club choice I decided to listen to it as an audio book. What I really enjoyed about it were all the descriptions of Crete which awakened lots of happy memories & the descriptions of the food really made my mouth water! It does have an original plot & believable characters with the usual highs and lows but with an overall ‘feel good factor’. I may have been better off reading it rather than listening to it as the accents the narrator portray ...more
Alison Winter
I didn't enjoy this as much as other jo thomas books but it was a nice story, beautiful setting and likeable characters but something missing in this one for me. ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this one a little bit on the boring side. I didn’t particularly warm to the main character and by the end of the book I never want to hear about bees or honey or “magical” herbs ever again. It was quite repetitive and very basic in content I found that not much happened. It started off better than it finished. I did however like reading about the landscapes, food and culture in Crete. It was described really well and made me want to visit there. All in all it was alright. Not the best bo ...more
Mrs Susan Bickerton
Was this really written by jo Thomas?

Jo Thomas books are usually witty, and a cut above your usual chick lit, but not this time. Stomach soaring like an eagle? To coin one phase. Struggled with finishing this, Not for me this one
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ah, I'm a real winner this year when it comes to great books set in Greece! Jo Thomas's "The Honey Farm on the Hill" is another novel this summer that happens on a beautiful, sunny Corfu, and even though it's not as full of Greek traditions for example, it is still full to brims with the gorgeous Greek spirit, myths, delicious food and beautiful descriptions - Jo Thomas has really written a beautiful, atmospheric novel, not forgetting to add some mystery, budding romance and bees. Yes, bees. And
Oriana Blyth (_head_in_a_book)
Last night I finished this wonderful book by Jo Thomas and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was a real page turner and I couldn’t put it down. It was so beautifully written, and it was so descriptive that I actually felt as though I was in Crete with the main character, Nell. I could almost smell and taste all the wonderful foods that were described in the book, and the ending was glorious 😊 a definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read, as it only took me three nights to complete 😍💕📚
Hannah Symonds
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Jo Thomas and her books. I couldn't wait to delve in to one of her wonderful stories again. As with it being so hot in the UK at the moment, I kind of felt as though I was in Crete experiencing some of the temperatures that Nell was experiencing in the book. There are some wonderful characters in the story especially the family that Nell goes to stay with. I enjoyed reading about the bees and how a factory to make honey is put together, I am not a big fan of honey but still enj ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nell returns to the mountain village in Crete where she met and fell in love with Stelios 18 years earlier. She hopes to rekindle their romance and introduce him to the daughter he never knew. She takes a job working on a honey farm in Vounoplagia but soon discovers life doesn't always have a happy ending.

The Honey Farm on the Hill is a wonderfully enjoyable and charming read. Over the years I've only occasionally dipped my toes into the Romantic Fiction genre and most of those have been uninspi
Emma Crowley
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With The Honey Farm on the Hill Jo Thomas has certainly cemented herself as one of my top authors whose books I will buy without even reading the blurb. I have loved everything she has written and feel she just gets better and better with each book. Every story she writes is highly readable, with stunning settings, characters you are instantly rooting for, plenty of romance and some life lessons and life changing experiences to enjoy along the way. Once you pick up a book from this author it is ...more
Sally Coles
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Nell's daughter leaves home for a life in London and her job literally goes up in smoke Nell decides that it is time to make some changes and go back to work in Crete, where she met and left the love of her life 18 years ago.....there is definitely some unfinished business there!

Arriving in Crete she is met by Georgios the neighbour of the couple that she is going to work for - he is not very friendly but why does she have a feeling that she has met him before? She soon settles in on the fa
Gem ~ Bee
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb escapism! Having been to Crete many years ago I loved the location of this book before I had started it but the way the views, smells, sounds of the island are captured are spectacular. Greek food is an instant hit for me and this book has many delights in that regard, kleftico, dolmades, etc, not to mention lashings of herbs and of course, honey! The plot is gripping and detailed in a way that means you never quite put it down. I have a weakness for goats, love them, so the cheeky suppor ...more
Lisa M
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read a Jo Thomas book and I just know I won't wait so long next time! Such an enjoyable story which was made all the better for some 'wish you were there' descriptions of Crete which sounded idyllic as well as the luscious-sounding food. Throw in a romantic story and it had the feel-good factor all over! ...more
Lisa Willis
Aug 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Jo Thomas and it was an enjoyable read.

A story of first loves and being able to move on when it's time.

I loved how Nell slotted in so well with Maria and her family and how she adapted so well to Crete after being away for such a long time. The mystery of what had actually happened to Stelios had me gripped to keep reading.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable summer read. I liked the Greek setting and thought the characters were well depicted. A good mix of heartache and happiness.
Sudesna Ghosh
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful imagery and story. A book that really made me travel.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each time I had ,to put this book down because real life intervened...I was so happy to know it was waiting for me to return! I loved it...thanks Jo! X
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this in a competition at work and this is definitely not my normal go to sort of book but I thought I'd try it all the same.

The writing Thomas uses to set the scene is very evocative and if you've ever been to a Greek island it definitely conjures up the feel of the place and the people and the food very well. The characters are generally well written and the main character you do feel for in many ways.

The main 'action' point of the story however falls short, the whole bad people trying t
Helen Edwards
This story lacks drama. Even what happens on the mountain is lacklustre. I have read other books by Jo Thomas and I don't think The Honey Farm on the Hill is one of her best. That said, what Jo excels at is bringing a place to life. Her description of Crete gives you a really good sense of being there. The romance was a bit predictable and not that compelling to be honest. I was more interested in what was going to happen to the mountain and the town. I thought the ending was a little twee. I wa ...more
From start to finish this book had me hooked, I’ve loved all of Jo’s work and this did not disappoint. I have never been to Crete but feel now that I need to visit, the descriptions are wonderful.
The characters so likeable and the fact that we learn all about bees and honey is a truly unique and special storyline to read about in a book. The romance and gorgeous food really topped off this perfect summer read for me.
Thank you to Headline and Netgalley for the Arc.
Stephanie Wood
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book in the depths of winter was just the tonic I needed. Jo has a wonderful way of describing the scenery so that I could easily picture the mountain and the characters who live there. What a lovely treat on a dull day!
Nicola Smith
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In true Jo Thomas style The Honey Farm on the Hill has a wonderful location, a lovable but sometimes infuriating heroine, a gorgeous hero and a romance at the heart of it.

Crete is the setting this time and it's put across so magically it made me want to go there and experience the mountains for myself, to eat in Stelios' family restaurant, to spin the honey and meet the wonderful characters.

The main character is Nell. She works in a Christmas decoration factory, has a daughter who has just left
Pam Robertson
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jo Thomas' descriptions of life in the Crete village of Vounoplagia take you right into the community, into the families who live there. The scenery, the sounds of the countryside, the scents of the herbs and plants and the delicious food which are all heavily featured give you the sense that you are really there, looking through Nell's eyes. I particularly enjoyed all the little details we are given about the villagers from the crocheting group, to Maria and Kostas' daily life on the farm. You ...more
David Proffitt
It is 18 years since fiery red-head Nell fell in love on and with the mountains of Crete. Now, with her daughter working in London and her job on hold due to a fire, Nell decides it is time to return. Can she find and rekindle her teenage romance? Will Stelios even still be there and if he is, will he want to see her, let alone still love her?

From the moment she arrives on the island it is clear that a lot has changed over the intervening years. She has signed up as a volunteer to help on a hone
Allison Hurst
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