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Appleby Farm Audiobook

Appleby Farm

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Publisher's Summary

Appleby Farm was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.

Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes, a warm smile and a heart of gold. She's been happy working at the café round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments, and her romance with her new boyfriend is going well, she thinks, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.

Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea for help change everything....

The farm is in financial trouble, and it's taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. Heading home to lend a hand, Freya quickly learns that things are worse than she first thought. As she summons up all her creativity and determination to turn things around, Freya is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape.

Love makes the world go round, according to Freya. Not money. But will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price?

Appleby Farm is a charming, funny and romantic story from the author of best-selling Ivy Lane.

©2015 Cathy Bramley (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

Praise for Cathy Bramley: "Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns." (Trisha Ashley)
"Rustic romance at its very best with a charming cast of characters - warm and endearing and engaging. As comforting as hot tea and toast made on the Aga!" (Veronica Henry)
"A lovely, sunny, gem of a book." (Alexandra Brown)

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  • Catherine
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    2/5/16
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    "Enjoyable but not riveting!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy the book, it passed away the time while I was driving to and from work or out walking, but it didn't have me dying to hear what happens next - it wasn't a 'couldn't put it down' type of a book. The funniest part was Liz's radio presenter sister, should have used her more - she brightened up the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was how I thought the ending was gong to be


    What about Colleen Prendergast’s performance did you like?

    I really like Colleen Prendergast as a narrator and as someone else commented, I mostly chose this book because I enjoy her style of narrating.


    Did Appleby Farm inspire you to do anything?

    It has inspired me to start listening to a different type of book for a change!! I'm getting a bit sick of the 'chic lit' books, they all start sounding the same after a while.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • lynn clough
    1/10/16
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    "Stuck in the mud"
    Would you try another book written by Cathy Bramley or narrated by Colleen Prendergast?

    Yes. I enjoyed Ivy Lane also written by Cathy Bramley and I was looking forward to this audio book. But I was sadly disappointed by the naration.


    What other book might you compare Appleby Farm to, and why?

    The story was good. It ranks with Lucy Diamond or Carole Matthews. Chick lit is chick lit. Boy, Girl, complications, happy ending. Easy listening without stress.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have read Ivy Lane also narrated by Colleen Prendergast and really enjoyed it. Sadly the narration on this was very disappointing. Heavy and stilted


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Probably without Colleen Predergast.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't enjoy being negative. I usally enjoy my chick lit, light reading for bed time. On this instance I don't think Colleen Prendergast enjoyed this story. I don't think she believed it. I found this surprising as she read Ivy lane and did a very good job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth burgess
    2/8/16
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    "great traffic escapism."

    wasn't an initial fan of narrator's voice, but it grew on me. nice story. past the time on commute

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. Cunningham
    1/12/16
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    "Not bad...listened mainly because I like Colleen P"

    A so-so story. I picked it mainly because I like Colleen Prendergast as a narrator

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Hall
    UK
    7/25/16
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    "Engaging and lovely"

    Easy to listen to, characters you buy into and while slightly predictable, I'd have been annoyed if it hadn't been!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    England
    6/11/16
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    "A good all-rounder"

    Review: I listened to this book on audiobook and it took me from commute to plane journey, reachng it's crescendo at 37000 feet! Having only read one part of Ivy lane, was worried thT the would be spoilers in this books for Ivy Lane as a whole, unfortunately that was right but I would rather have finished the whole of this book than wait and go back so I don't mind too much really but just. Warning, if you want to read Ivy Lane NOT knowing what is going to happen, read that before reading this book!

    Freya was an interesting character, she seems fairly headstrong and fairly independent. She also sometimes struggles to make decisions and is stubborn when it comes to getting her own way, or the way that she sees as right. In the very beginning of the book, I don't think I really liked her but as it went on I definitely warmed to her as she had her family at heart and wanted to do best by them. She has some very close friends in the book and they definitely help buoy her along when it comes to the decision making-thank goodness. There are some interesting male characters in this books I was definitely a little more interested in finding out what was going on with them than Freya herself. Her aunt and uncle provide grounding to the plot and definitely drive the storyline forwards.

    The storyline itself jumped around quite a bit, from Freya saving the farm, to her starting her own business. although the two do tie in together, they seemed like separate priorities to the character but with tenuous links provided by secondary characters. There of course is a love story or two along the way and I was very satisfied with the developments there for Freya and the ending in that respect! Because of the issues I had with some of the plot, the book seemed to drag in places and so I switched off a little. I did enjoy the ending and the resolution for all of the characters, but as with Ivy lane, I would love to see a spin off with a secondary character from this novel sometime soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/21/16
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    "A little too fanciful and predictable."

    A pleasant enough listen to have play whilst I paint along. Farms may well be romantic but I guess they're jolly hard work too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    4/22/16
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    "New discovery"

    I've just discovered this author and reader.
    A perfect feel good and fluffy listen. The readers accents are lovely.
    My new discovery, I've downloaded them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lyndall
    CanterburyUnited Kingdom
    4/10/16
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    "A charming read"

    Having thoroughly enjoyed ivy Lane, I read the reviews for this and was a bit concerned I might not enjoy it as much, given that a lot of people seem to have found it disappointing. In fact I think I enjoyed the story even more than Ivy Lane. However, it is true that the narration is strangely stilted and not nearly as good as it was in Ivy Lane, even though it's the same narrator. If you can get used to that though, this is well worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    3/3/16
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    "Narration at times stilted and annoying"

    Easy story but I found the narration quite annoying in places. Could tell the person was reading the story rather than telling the story? Put me off other books by this narrator. But not off books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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