Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery review: fabulous characters full of emotion | Books | Entertainment
They once dreamt of going to university and seeing more of the world than the small village they grew up in.
But their dreams were dashed after Dan’s father died unexpectedly and they stayed at Sunnybrook Farm in the Eskdale valley to carry on the family business.
Life has not been bad. They may not have a lot of money but they are still in love and have a bright and lively daughter, Poppy.
Hetty’s best friend Anna lives nearby with her teenage son Bart and they are surrounded by beautiful countryside.
But then at school Poppy is asked to name the woman who most inspires her. Instead of choosing her mother she chooses her aunt.
Hetty is devastated and begins to question herself. She decides it is time to step out of her comfort zone and rise to a challenge.
Everyone agrees that Hetty makes excellent pies so she decides to enter a local competition.
She is thrilled when her pies win a prize and from there she embarks upon a new chapter in her life, travelling to London to take part in a bigger competition.
However Dan is not as supportive as she would have hoped.
And while she is in London she encounters faces from her past, rekindling old memories and exposing her to temptation.
Then Hetty is urgently called back to the farm after a serious accident.
It is a terrifying time for her and her loved ones and it also exposes some well-hidden secrets.
This is an engrossing, all-consuming story with a lot of emotion, a little bit of humour and plenty of gritty issues.
Not only does Bramley bring fabulous characters to life but she builds a convincing sense of place and of community.
A perfect escapist read.