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La Finca by Bea Green is a feelgood tale set in the idyllic countryside, the perfect antidote to the trials and tribulations of the real world as it is at the moment. It affords the reader wonderfully evocative glimpses of Andalusian life, making it a perfectly heart-warming chance to escape. The story chronicles four years in the life of Sebastian Ortez, a businessman from Madrid, who buys a derelict olive farm, Las Nevadas, near Ronda in Southern Spain and quickly discovers he's taken on more than he could ever have imagined, in both his work and private life. His passion for the restoration of the farmhouse and it's grounds to their former glory earns him the respect and friendship of all who come into contact with him and, in the end, also earns him the hand of the woman he loves. The book's fairly straightforward plot is engaging and well-written. The characters are relatable, each with their own foibles, flaws and strengths and, for the most part, are genuinely likeable, they really feel like people you might know. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and was sorry to finish the last page, which is always the sign of a good read. Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambassador
This romantic, adventurous, empowering novel tells the story of a brave young woman who is struggling to rediscover her identity after a devastating bereavement. Nearly thirty years old and beset by deep anxiety, Elinor Campbell stays with her laid-back and free-spirited uncle Leo at Trenouth, a clifftop bungalow in Cornwall. Warmly welcomed by Leo, Elinor makes new friends as she learns to surf and builds a close bond with the sea. Her attraction to a friendly surfer, Tony Reece, becomes her biggest challenge since the loss of her fiance. Leo, meanwhile, is determined to investigate what appears to be a people-_smuggling operation on the coast...
One phone call, out of the blue, leaves Raoul Morales wistfully remembering his childhood sweetheart, Hannah Anderson. The two of them grew up together. Raoul looks back fondly at their time together in Mexico and Scotland, recalling significant memories from his early childhood. Memories of Hannah are very deeply imbedded in his psyche and he yearns to renew a relationship with her. Raoul's busy working as an interior designer in Mexico City these days. Should he try to reconnect with Hannah once more? Especially now they live so far apart? This is an exciting and original debut novel by Bea Green, exploring the consequences of having different cultural identities and the difficulties in pursuing relationships when you live far apart from each other. You will be swept into the colourful world of Raoul's childhood adventures in Mexico and Scotland, and invited to empathise with him as he makes his peace with the past.