The story begins in December with Phoebe Dashwood, a 34-year-old vet, leaving London to get away from her partner Hugh, who she had found cheating after they’d been together six years. She heads home to her parents in the New Forest – Louella and James.
Her grandparents, Maggie and Pete, were dairy farmers at Puddleduck Farm for decades, but since Pete’s death twelve years before, Maggie has found solace in helping animals. Setting up an animal shelter known as New Forest Neddies, she looks after donkeys, dogs, geese, ducks and cats. But Maggie is 72 now and finding things difficult on her own – not that she would admit it to anyone!
Maggie’s nearest neighbouring dwelling is the impressive Beechwood House, owned by Lord Alfred Holt. His son and heir is Rufus Holt, who seems rather obnoxious, but maybe there’s more to him that needs to be revealed…
I had a soft spot for lovely Sam. He is Louella’s best friend Jan’s son, and the same age as Phoebe. Sam and Phoebe have been friends forever, but had drifted apart over the past few years.
This is the first in a new series of books and I am looking forward to reading more and finding out what is in store for all the characters. I especially love a good animal in a novel and there were loads here, I was spoilt for choice, and I loved all the different personalities of them all. The two Alexas were lots of fun as well!
A lovely, heart-warming, fun read.
Coming Home to Puddleduck Farm
When your heart’s broken, all roads lead home…
London City Vet, Phoebe Dashwood, finds her partner Hugh and their boss in a passionate clinch beneath the mistletoe at their works Christmas party.
Heartbroken, she bolts to the New Forest, her childhood home to regroup and soul search.
Being home gives Phoebe the chance to reconnect with friends and family and especially with her fiercely independent gran, widower Maggie Crowther, owner of Puddleduck Farm, and makeshift animal shelter New Forest Neddies.
Deciding not to return to London, Phoebe hunts for work locally, hoping she can also help Maggie, who’s clearly swamped and not coping. But will Maggie accept Phoebe’s help?
Her quest is hampered by stubborn grandmothers, meddling mums, an attractive childhood friend, a real-life Lord, a remorseful ex, and a best friend who’s determined to play matchmaker.
Can Phoebe find happiness professionally and personally in the place she calls home, surrounded by those she loves or does fate have other plans for Phoebe?
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Della Galton writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine. She lives in Dorset.
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