Carole Matthews

Happiness for Beginners [Carole Matthews]

Molly Baker is living her best life.
Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

📚🌿🇬🇧My thoughts on the novel📚🌿🇬🇧

This is the first time I read a book by Carole Matthews and I must say it was a very nice read, although I had a rough start with it. It took me a little while to get used to the writing and narrative style, on top of finding some parts a bit lengthy.

However, I really liked the female lead character’s personality and the overall plot, so I kept on reading and it all smoothed over and I eventually had a very good time. It is a lovely, feel-good romantic story about genuine values. I enjoyed the messages conveyed, and the way the characters evolved. When you read about the origins of the story in the author’s notes, it takes on a whole new dimension!

I know I have a Christmas book from the same author waiting in my Kindle, so I’m looking forward to reading it.


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