Review – The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

ABOUT THE BOOK

51HYQT+65lLSometimes you have to go back before you can move forwards…

One magical summer Nell fell in love in the mountains of Crete and her life changed for ever.

Eighteen years later, Nell is ready for a new beginning. When she sees a honey farm in the same hilltop town has lost its bees, the opportunity is impossible to resist. Welcomed back to Greece by the warm sun and aroma of wild thyme, Nell finds memories of her past at every turn. But much has changed since she’s been away.

As Nell throws herself into restoring the honey farm, she starts to unlock the truth of what happened all those years ago. She soon learns that the course of true love – just like Cretan honey – can be wild and sweet. And well worth the wait…

WHAT I THOUGHT

A book about sun, food and love.  I was sold from the very first page, especially as all I seem to see when I look out of the window at the moment is rain!

Nell, our lead character, has a severe case of empty nest syndrome now that her only child has moved away.  Also having recently caught her so-called boyfriend in bed with someone else, she is feeling more alone than ever.  Although an opportune moment arises, when her current workplace goes up in flames, for Nell to find out truly what she wants out of life.  Crete here we come…

Nell returns to Crete where Stelios, the father of her daughter, lives, who she hasn’t seen in eighteen years.  Whilst she plucks up the courage to go and see him, Nell is helping a flailing farm reopen its honey factory.  In the process she has caught the hearts of the owners.  Something desperately wrong is going on at the top of the mountain which is preventing the bees from moving down to their farm.  Nell is getting curious (as was I!) as to what is going on up there… could it be drug lords or something completely different?!

Having not long come back from a holiday in Crete myself, Jo Thomas’ imagery was spot on, and she is also correct with how divine the honey is there.  Both this book, and the honey thrown in, makes for mouthwatering stuff.  The research Jo has undertaken to create this endearing story is perfect.  I adored the little snippets of greek mythology, and also what life is like on a farm in Crete.  It is truly magical stuff and all I can do is tell you to read it for yourself to see what I am talking about.

I love how there is slight humour amongst the characters.  It makes for light and refreshing reading, and there is a bubble of happiness that just cannot be burst whilst devouring this novel.  It is the perfect escapism.  It is a holiday in itself.

I savoured the moment Nell fell in love, and all of the mishaps that happened along the way.  It was such a pleasant read and the glorious sunny backdrop of Crete made it complete.

Thank you to Becky Hunter at Headline for sending me a copy of The Honey Farm on the Hill in return for my opinion.  I hugely appreciate it.  This fabulous book is out to buy this Thursday and I would recommend you squeezing it in before the Summer is over (or it perhaps could brighten up your winter!).

My final word: More-ish!

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