The House at Greenacres - Darcie Boleyn
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
All roads lead home… When Holly Dryden fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past – and Rich Turner – behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it’s time to tell Rich the truth – he’s a father. Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly’s anger fades in the glow of Rich’s undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can’t change the past, the future is still theirs to write…
I’m really excited to have been asked to be part of the blog tour for this book. It is released on the 25th of March 2019, and my blog will be published on the 31st of March. This is my first blog tour, so I hope I can do it justice. I received a copy of the book in advance via NetGalley in return for an honest review as part of my blog. The House at Greenacres is a captivating and enchanting story of overcoming heartache, forgiveness and reconciliation. It is ultimately a love story, but there are other aspects as well, including the rebuilding of a failing business. Greenacres is a vineyard owned by Holly’s late grandfather. He has run it successfully but hasn’t wanted to make any modern adjustments. His passing leaves the business vulnerable, and Holly returns to Greenacres for his funeral after a small period in exile to help the business flourish and to face her past. I found myself coming up with ideas that would save the business, and it made me laugh that all the plans I thought of were executed in the book! The book begins in quite a sombre style, and you are learning of the grandfather’s passing but also the reasons that made Holly flee the only home that she had ever known and loved. As Holly and the family are healing, she also has the added strain of coming to terms with what has happened to her and rebuilding bridges she thought were burnt forever. She does this very tentatively and slowly as she is scared of being hurt all over again and she’s not sure the risk is worth it. Should she cut her losses and leave Greenacres or stay and live the life she desires? The pace of the book is quite slow, but it is building up to the most significant decision Holly has had to make. She needs to know that she can be happy but also protect her newborn son, Luke. This is the perfect story if you want a wonderful feel-good read. It is uplifting, gripping and charming. You are rooting for the character’s happiness, and the ending will leave you smiling (there are even some laugh-out-loud moments throughout as well). A solid four-star read, and at only 255 pages it is a fast-paced story that will leave you with a warm fuzzy glow!