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Aww Georgina has done it again love this author and love the books available, great storyline and characters can’t wait to read more

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What a great start to a new series! It's a beautifully written story with wonderful characters and a beautiful setting. I look forward to the next book in this series. This book was the perfect read for me.
I received a complimentary copy from Boldwood Books via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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A lovely feel good factor book by Georgina Troy. I have read quite a few of her books and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one, and I have to say that this book didn’t disappoint me. The story follows Lettie who has returned from London to her parent’s farm Hollyhock Farm in Jersey. Her parents announce unexpectedly that they are putting the farm for sale as they need to slow down, and that they’re going on a 3 month cruise. Lettie offers to look after the farm whilst they’re away in the hope that she can prove to her parents that she’s more than capable of working hard to achieve her independence. Whilst looking after the farm an old flame of Lettie’s (he doesn’t remember her) appears back in the frame Brodie the local vet. This really is a lovely book which I would have expected from Georgina Troy.

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It always takes a little time to get into a new book series and this one was no exception, but the setting was lovely. The characters were well written and the story felt interesting enough to keep me going. Thank you netgalley for the advanced copy

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Welkome to Hollyhock Farm ist ein netter, süßer Roman für Zwischendurch. Leider bleibt er an manchen Stellen etwas oberflächlich. Gerne hätte ich mehr von dem neuen Leben auf dem Land mit den neuen Herauaforderrungen erfahren. Der Feuerwehrmann bleibt insgesamt zu flach, um wirklich ein gutes Ablenkungsmanöver vom eigentlichen love interest zu sein.
Ist ok für Zwischendurch, aber wirklich nichts besonderes.

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It finished too soon.

I enjoyed the build up and the book but felt the ending was abrupt. Left me hanging for more information about the farm and what happens to it. How the relationship is going.

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Another wonderful Author whose writing is funny, captivating and engaging. I really enjoyed immersing myself into this beautiful romance novel,

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When Lettie's and Zac's parents call them home to Jersey, they both head home, not sure what to expect. Lettie had a bad breakup a few months prior and has heard that the company she works for will be having some redundancies coming up. She doesn't if she will have a job much longer, so when she gets home, she starts to feel better. When her parents tell their children that they are planning to sell the farmland to their uncle on the neighboring farm, they are both in shock. Their father had a mild heart attack and has been told to take it easy, thus the sale of the land. Lettie speaks up and says that she would like to run the farm for her parents and convinces her father and uncle to give her a chance. Her father works with her for 1 month, then while traveling for 2 months gives Lettie that time to make it and decide if it is really what she wants to do. After heading to London to quit her job and gather her things, she settles in. Being back to the island, she garners the interest of the local vet, who has also just returned to the island, and a hunky firefighter. Can Lettie run the farm, and try to have a social life or maybe even a romance?

Having been married to a man who was raised on a farm, I know how much work it can be. I was very impressed with Lettie and her desire to take over the family farm. She was not a physically strong woman when she started, but she didn't give up, even though she was completely exhausted at the end of every day. I wanted her to succeed and show her parents what she could do. Both Brodie and Joe were great guys. They stepped up to help Lettie when she needed it without expecting anything in return. I really wanted Brodie to come out ahead in the sort of love triangle, as he and Lettie had a moment when they were kids, even if he didn't realize the Lettie and Violet were the same person. The secondary characters played important roles in the story, but didn't take much page time. I have to mention the dogs. Spunky the farm dog and Thistle, the dog Lettie rescued from the side of the road were absolutely wonderful. They really helped Brodie and Lettie to settle in to their new lives. I really enjoyed Georgina Troy's character development. The struggles were realistic, the frustrations well depicted and the lives of young adults returning home to a small community seemed right on the mark. With a few issues that had to be worked out between various characters, some setbacks on the farm for Lettie and some decisions by others that could have derailed Lettie's new life, the author brings this book to a wonderful conclusion. I really enjoyed my time on Jersey and at Hollyhock Farm.

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This is my first read from Georgina Troy and I really enjoyed the setting of Jersey and Hollyhock Farm. It has likeable characters and I can't wait to see how this series develops.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this one

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As a fan of Georgina Troy's previous books, I was looking forward to this one. Again, set on the beautiful island of Jersey but this time on a Farm.

Lettie returns home after a setback in her career, but unfortunately receives double whammy news from her parents. Lettie can't bear to see the farm being sold, so she persuades her dad to let her take it on for a trial period.

She certainly works hard, and I think I went through a range of emotions with her as we see her battle to keep going. She is helped by 2 rather lovely men, the local vet Brodie and firefighter Joe, who are both keen on her. This adds a lovely small town, slow burn romance to the story.

It is a dual POV story that I enjoy, full of quirky and interesting characters, not to mention animals especially Spud and Thistle. A very enjoyable read.

Thank you Boldwood Books and Rachel's Random Resources for my gifted ARC and spot on the tour. I am leaving this honest review voluntarily.

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This is a slow burn second chance romance and I did eventually enjoy it but it took a little while to get in to. The relationship that bloomed between Brodie and Lettie was eventually very sweet but it just took a while to get there and was a little disconnected at the beginning - I didn’t feel the connection between them until much closer to the end of the book.

It’s a lighthearted read and there are many characters with lots of potential.

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Welcome to Hollyhock Farm marks the beginning of a fresh series by Georgina Troy.

Lettie returns to her childhood farm on the picturesque island of Jersey, only to discover her brother there as well. Their parents have decided to sell the farm. Lettie is devastated and persuades her father to give her three months to demonstrate her ability to manage it so they can retire.

I thoroughly enjoyed this initial book; the characters are incredibly relatable – even one of vet Brodie’s patients shares the same name as my first cat, Smudge, when I left home! Eagerly anticipating the next installment!

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If you are looking for a light romance read with a stunning setting – look no further.

Lettie, in her mid-twenties, has recently been made redundant from her job in London’s fashion industry. When she is summoned home to the Island of Jersey, she discovers that her father has been having health problems and is determined to get rid of the farm that he worked on for decades. Lettie, aghast at this news, says that she wants to take over the farm. Her father and her uncle are hesitant because Lettie has no real experience despite growing up on Hollyhock Farm. In addition to the acres of organic produce, the farm has cows, chickens, goats, and alpacas. Quite an undertaking!AI rendering of how I imagined Hollyhock Farm would appear

Oh, and speaking of livestock… there is a young and handsome vet in town. Lettie remembers him as a teen crush, yet he doesn’t seem to remember her at all…

The reader follows Lettie as she strives to prove herself to her father that she can, in fact, hold her own on the farm and keep it ticking over successfully. Meanwhile, she is quite distracted by Brodie, the vet.

As is usual with romance fiction, Lettie and Brodie’s relationship is fraught with many misunderstandings, miscommunication and adversity. Factor in other people who want to date them… oh, and also a stray dog called ‘Thistle’.

“Welcome to Hollyhock Farm” is an enjoyable, escapist read that is sure to be appreciated by fans of romance fiction. It is the first in a prospective series, so more visits to Jersey…

3.5 stars rounded up

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An ideal summer read, especially if you like animals and the countryside and what a lovely setting on the island if Jersey. This is my first read by Georgina Troy and I'm really hoping that we are able to return to Hollyhock farm.

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There's no better feeling than going back to your family home is there? I've no idea how I'd react if they told me it was being sold though, it holds so many memories.

I'm ashamed to say I've only read two of Troy's books, but as the Hollyhock Farm series has kicked off with such a promising start, I'm already excited for book two.

Jersey was the perfect setting for the story, it sounds idyllic with its green fields, golden sands and sunshine. Hollyhocks are bright, vivacious flowers, so I visualised the farm being like this after Letitia breathed new life into it.

There's a great sense of community spirit, so I'm hoping throughout the series there are going to be recurring visits from characters, all of whom so far have been wonderful.

An absolute delight to read. Pure escapism.

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW

Review for 'Welcome To Hollyhock Farm' by Georgina Troy.

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Georgina Troy, Book And Tonic, the Bold Book Club, Boldwood Books and Rachel's Random resources Tours.

Publication date 24th April 2024.

This is the third book I have read by this author and is the first book in her 'Hollyhock Farm' series!! I have previously read 'Snow Angels At Golden Sands Bay' that is the fifth book in the 'Golden Sands Bay' series and 'New Beginnings By The Sunflower Cliff' which is the first book in her 'Sunflower Cliffs' series. All of these books can be read as standalones and I would highly recommend them all!

This novel consists of 48 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so easy to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

This book is beautifully written and completely absorbs you in the stunning atmosphere of Jersey and really sucks you in with the vivid descriptions leaving you feel the snowdrops and smell of the sea. The synopsis and cover suits the storyline perfectly.

Yet another absolutely gorgeous book by the very talented Georgina Troy but to be fair I have come to expect nothing else from this fantastic author! I absolutely loved this gorgeous book and cannot wait to get stuck in to the future books in this series as well as the rest of Georgina's gorgeous books in her other book series'!!! Honestly if you are ever in need of a break and fancy the gorgeous Jersey then grab this stunner and prepare to be whisked away on a beautiful holiday!!! In this gorgeous book we meet Lettie who lives in London. However, after her relationship ends and she gets a call from her parents for her to come back to Hollyhock Farm she heads to Jersey. However, her parents haven't invited her and her brother Zac home to give them good news but to tell them they will be selling the farm to their uncle due to their fathers health following a heart attack. Lettie is heartbroken but is determined to do something about it! After a stressful like in the bustling city and the high fashion life she leads Lettie volunteers to take on the job of running the farm herself. Her Dad gives her 3 months to prove that she can do it and Lottie is determined to prove that she can!! Things get even more complicated when she discovers the village vet has retired and her old flame Brodie has taken over!! If that isn't enough to confuse and complicate matters Lettie also catches the eye of hunky firefighter Joe!!! Will Lettie manage to prove to her Dad that she can take over the farm? Will Brodie and Joe distract her to lose it? Grab your copy of this absolutely gorgeous page turner to discover that for yourself!! This beautiful book is ram packed with friendship, romance, animals, stunning settings, family, determination and so much more what else could you ask for?? I absolutely loved discovering life on a farm and being a huge animal lover, even running a cat rescue called Golden Oldies Cat Rescue And Hospice (which you can discover on social media) a book filled with animals is an absolute dream for me and I was completely sucked in throughout!! The dogs Spunky and Thistle are definitely two of my favourites!! Georgina does an absolutely fantastic job weaving the character perspectives of both Lettie and Brodie together at perfect timings. The fact that she clearly cares about her characters shines through the pages with her vivid and evocative descriptions. The storyline is authentic and realistic as well as easy to read and heart-warming. There was plenty of events and activities going on throughout and it kept me hooked from start to end, I read it in one sitting while wrapped up warm inside with it rains outside at the same time Lettie was toiling on the farm. However, Georgina's fantastic writing skills felt like I was in Jersey instead of the rainy Wales I am actually sitting in. The storyline was filled with a range of emotions and was heart-warming and had love, relationships and friendships all going on in this beautiful atmosphere. It felt like a lovely break away from Wales!! I loved how the story ended and I would love to read more about the life in the gorgeous Island of Jersey. I was absolutely devastated when I came to the end of this book as I was truly whisked away to Jersey looking at the stunning views. I absolutely loved the gorgeous atmosphere and everything about this beautiful book. I am pleased to say this is just the first book in a series and I cannot wait to get stuck into the next one!

An absolutely gorgeous book!! I cannot wait to go on my next adventure with the very talented Georgina. I absolutely adored being in Jersey but I also enjoyed learning and reading about Lettie and meeting new friends who I absolutely adored!!! An unforgettable holiday!!!

It is always worrying when starting a new series as you have no idea who the characters are. It is very important for me to bond with not only the lead protagonists but also any characters that may make repeat appearances during the series too.

The characters were all unique with their own realistic traits, strengths and weaknesses. I was completely invested in Lettie from the moment I met her and was rooting for her throughout the book. I also loved meeting her family, Brodie, Joe along with several other characters and all of the amazing animals!! I just cannot wait to meet them all again in the next book in this promising series!!! It was intriguing to watch friendships and relationships grow, develop and change throughout the the storyline. Georgina's amazing evocative writing skills brought all the characters and community to life as much as possible and they all leapt out of the pages as well as the stunning atmosphere!!! Anyway, I best not say anymore as don't want to give anything else away for future readers!! It's just so easy talking about this fantastic book and so much I want to tell you all about but I really need to control myself!!! Georgina's evocative descriptions and brilliant character development ensures it feels like you are standing next to Lettie and Brodie feeling the frustration, tension, romance, and more throughout!! Needless to say I absolutely adored the majority of the characters each for a different reason. All characters worked perfectly with the storyline and I would love to meet them again and cannot wait to get stuck into the previous and next books in this series!!!

Well done Georgina on yet another absolutely gorgeous boo and a stunning start to a new series!! I will definitely be looking for your books any time I need to be swept off to another country!!! This is the exact reason that you are on my favourite authors list and here's to your next success 🥂!!

Make sure you read to the very end of the book to read the first chapter of Georgina's 'Finding Love On Sunshine Island' which is the first book in Georgina's 'Sunshine Island' series and promises to be just as addictive as this book and is one I'm definitely looking forward to reading myself!!

Overall an absolutely perfect light hearted, stunning unputdownable page turner that will sweep you off your feet and land you in Jersey.

314 pages.

This book is just £1.99 to purchase on kindle, free with Kindle Unlimited and £8.99 in paperback via Amazon or free on kindle unlimited, at time of review, which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!!

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Welcome to Hollyhock Farm is a wonderful novel set on the island of Jersey. I enjoyed this fresh contemporary romance set on a beautifully described island.

Lettie's return to Jersey is actually two fold - she's called home, along with her brother, but Lettie also has returned to regroup after an unexpected turn of events at her place of employment. When Lettie and Zac learn the reason they are called home, both are in a state of disbelief. Not wanting to lose their family farm or home, Lettie asks to run the farm on a trial basis.

While trying to prove to her family that she can manage the farm, Lettie runs into Brodie, a former romantic interest. I loved watching their relationship grow from misunderstandings to romance. Their romance isn't the only theme in the book, though. Lettie's grit and determination to make the farm her own shows her drive and ambition.

Lettie is a strong character. Brodie is kind and charismatic. Each character throughout the book is multi-dimensional and written well. The descriptions are vivid and I felt like I was in Jersey. I enjoyed the author's writing style and will definitely read more of Georgina's work in the future.

I was provided a copy of this book to read.

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Welcome to Hollyhock Farm is a modern romance set on the beautiful island of Jersey. The writing brings out a lot of detail about the characters and the place but without being over descriptive. It was easy to imagine myself wandering around the village, taking walks on the beach, and popping into the pub. Despite this being the first book in the series, there was a very real and comfortable feel to the village and characters. There is a lovely chemistry between Lettie and Brodie, but this isn’t just a romance, it’s also about Lettie’s drive and determination to run the family farm, despite having little experience and originally choosing a completely different career. It’s also about relationships, community, and kindness. Even some of the animals have their own stories, which was so heartwarming. The whole story is uplifting and has a genuine warmth to it. This was my first Georgina Troy read, and I will definitely be back for more. I am excited that this is a series as I want to spend more time on Jersey (even if it is only virtually).

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When when I read the synopsis for this, I just thought it sounded so up my street, the idea of escaping London(or any city) and into nature sounds like my idea of heaven. So I had a good inkling that I would enjoy this book, as well as the fact I’ve read Georgina’s books before and always enjoyed them. Michael instinct didn’t let me down and I’m glad to say this is a wonderful read.

I love the characters of Lettie and Brodie, I thought they were a brilliant leading pair, great chemistry, nice tension and lovely relatable characters. I love the detail and attention that clearly Georgina has done her research, I love the focus on the farm work,both physical and financial. I love Brodie and his dog so much, although I’m hoping there will be more books and we get to see more of Joe too, he was a lovely character.

If you’re looking for somewhere scenic to escape, then I definitely recommend Welcome to Hollyhock Farm by Georgina Troy, it had everything I wanted for that perfect weekend, just grab a brew, park yourself and fall into some great writing.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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It's only fairly recently that I discovered Georgina and her amazing books. One day, I hope to have read everything that she has written to date. I read the synopsis of 'Welcome To Hollyhock Farm' and it certainly sounded like my kind of read. I couldn't wait to dive in and so without further ado, I grabbed my Kindle, grabbed a cup of tea and settled down for a fun afternoon of reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Welcome To Hollyhock Farm' but more about that in a bit.

Can I just say that 'Welcome To Hollyhock Farm' came along at the right time for me. I was in need of a fun and lighthearted read which would whisk me away from a wet and miserable village in North East England. 'Welcome At Hollyhock Farm' certainly ticked those boxes. I was drawn into this story from the start and I found it nigh on impossible to put the book down for any length of time. My Kindle wasn't exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. Part of the reason why I enjoyed the story so much has to do with the main characters of Lottie and Brodie, who ended up feeling more friends rather than characters in a book. I had to keep reading to see what happened between the pair of them and whether each character got the 'happy ever after' ending that they both so deserved. I was so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the book. All too quickly I reached the end of 'Welcome To Hollyhock Farm' and had to say goodbye to Lettie, Brodie and the rest of the characters. I found 'Welcome To Hollyhock Farm' to be a delight to read from start to finish with lots of life, laughs and love.

'Welcome To Hollyhock Farm' is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Georgina Troy. Georgina has an easy going writing style that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact reading one of Georgina's books often feels more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. I hope that makes sense. Georgina's love for her characters shines through in the very vivid and realistic way in which she describes them. She makes her characters seem just as real as you and I. As I indicated earlier on in my review, I began to consider Lettie and Brodie as friends rather than characters in a book. Georgina describes Jersey so vividly and realistically that if I were to close my eyes, it would be easy to imagine that I was there myself with the sun beating down on my face. I love the way in which Georgina makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action. That's how I felt anyway.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Welcome To Hollyhock Farm' and I wholeheartedly recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Georgina's work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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