Today I am excited to be participating in the blog tour for Summer Showers at Elder Fell Farm by Liz Taylorson and sharing my thoughts on it. Thank you to the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me a spot on this tour.
Title: Summer Showers at Elder Fell Farm
Author: Liz Taylorson
Publication Date: July 1, 2022
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
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A simple holiday just got complicated …
Single mum Amy has been struggling since her mother’s death and now her son, Harry, has been accused of bullying schoolmate Oliver — giving Amy’s dictatorial ex-husband yet another reason to criticise her parenting.
All Amy wants is the chance to spend time with her son. Where better to escape all her troubles than camping at the remote but beautiful Lake District farm where she spent idyllic summers with her mother when she was a little girl?
Her tranquil escape seems doomed when Oliver, and his widowed dad, Matt, turn up on the neighbouring pitch — but at Elder Fell Farm, unlikely friendships can be forged. Are Matt and Amy ready to fall in love again? And will their boys bring them together – or drive them apart?
I was initially drawn to this book because of the cover. I mean look at it it’s such a cute cover. I then went on to read the synopsis and thought it sounded like something I would like. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.
This book takes place over about a week or so and the majority of it takes place while Amy and her son Harry are on vacation (holiday). Amy has decided to take her son camping at Elder Fell Farm which is a place she used to go with her mom when she was a kid. She wanted to feel close to her mom and it was something she could afford to do. Of course, Harry being an 8-year-old has to complain about everything but both of them grow throughout the course of this book.
At the camp they are next to Matt and Oliver who they know from back home. Oliver and Harry are “friends” at school but it’s complicated. Of course, things go from there. I am not a mom so I can’t really say how I would handle any of the situations in this book, but I feel like both of these kids were bad to varying degrees and they would never have in consequences. They pretty much got away with everything they did and to me that’s not realistic but like I said I’m not a mom so maybe I would have handled it in the same way I don’t know.
I loved Matt and Amy, but I really wanted Amy to have more of a backbone in the beginning. Luckily, she grows throughout the book and by the end she starts standing up for herself. Harry’s dad James and Laurie were probably my least favorite characters but as is the case with all of the characters in this book by the end they have grown.
I loved Harry and Oliver got up to in this book and I loved the romance but would have liked more of the actual romance. I also felt the ending was a little rushed but overall, I really loved this book and want to read more by this author.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Liz has always surrounded herself with books.
As a child, she was always to be found with her head in one and she still has a bookcase full of her childhood favourites to this day. She went on to work in a library cataloguing early printed books – but as most of the books turned out to be volumes of sermons, she wasn’t tempted to read them all!
Children interrupted her bibliographic career, and Liz started writing fiction and hasn’t stopped since, joining the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme in 2015 to try to learn how to write novels properly. This led to publication of her first romantic novel, The Little Church by the Sea in late 2017, followed by The Manor on the Moors in 2019.
When Covid struck, Liz was working on a novel set in the 1990s, but sadly research proved difficult when she could no longer access the microfilm readers at the reference library. Instead, she wrote Summer Showers at Elder Fell Farm which relied largely on her own experiences of campervans, campsites and noisy children.