‘A Taste Of Home’ is the latest book by Heidi Swain.
Fliss Brown has grown up living with her mother on the Rossi familyâ€™s Italian fruit farm. But when her mother dies, Fliss finds out she has a family of her own, and heads back to England with Nonna Rossiâ€™s recipe for cherry and almond tart and a piece of advice: connect with your family before it is too late. Fliss discovers that her estranged grandfather owns a fruit farm himself, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, and she arrives to find a farm that has fallen into disrepair. Using her knowledge gleaned from working on the Rossi farm and her desire to find out more about her past, Fliss rolls her sleeves up and gets stuck in. But what will she discover, and can she resurrect the farmâ€™s glory days and find a taste of home?
Heidi is back with another heartwarming story about family, new beginnings and love. The story is seen through the narrative of Fliss just after her motherâ€™s death. Having to deal with the loss breaks Flissâ€™s heart but then she is given a letter from her mother about the unknown that she has in a small village called Wynbridge having spent her life in Italy with her family. So she plucks up the courage to find her grandfather and finds that they have even more in common than blood, both loving farming and decides to invest her learning from the Rossi family into making the farm a success.
I adore Heidiâ€™s writing, itâ€™s so warm, homely and glorious to curl up with. I loved the characters from the quiet determination of Fliss to her grandfather whoâ€™s quite similar in personality and itâ€™s lovely to see them embark on their relationship and the delight of sharing new interests along the way. Other supporting characters include the handsome and charismatic Elliott, who read like the perfect man with his kind nature, whilst Anthony instantly read like a suspicious character. As the story is set in Wynbridge, it was lovely to return to the village and see some of the characters and see where they are now in their life journeyâ€™s such Jemma and Lizzie and the Cherry Tree Cafe.
The story is beautifully written and itâ€™s obviously written with love, with the stunning descriptions of the backdrop of Italy to the stunning landscapes of the fruit farm. I found the story not only an aspiring tale but also so informative with regards to operating a farm, as well as the delicious recipes along the way. No Heidi book is complete without the inclusion of her mouth-watering recipes.
With a stunning setting and heartwarming characters, â€˜A Taste Of Homeâ€™ is the perfect book to whisk you with this escapism read.
You can buy ‘A Taste Of Home’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.