Finding Family at Seabreeze Farm by Jo Bartlett #NetGalley #eARCReview #BookReview #BoldwoodBooks

Freya Halliwell is looking forward to marrying the man of her dreams and starting their new life together. After the death of both of her parents, Ollie, along with Freya’s aunt, are the only family she has, but all the family she needs.

Until Freya discovers a shocking secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her once happy family and especially the man she used to call dad. Devastated and feeling more alone than ever before, Freya needs time and space to come to terms with the news. But until then the wedding is off!

Seabreeze Farm is the perfect place for Freya to recover. But could this beautiful farm perched high on the cliffs, also hold the answer to Freya’s past and reunite her with the family she never even knew she’d been wishing for?

Finding Family at Seabreeze Farm (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (previously published as Finding Dad) is the latest book I’ve gotten from a publisher that I’ve grown very fond of, Boldwood Books. The UK-based publisher has lots of cozy mysteries and feel-good books that are great to curl up with and enjoy. This book is no different.

Even though this is the second book in the series, this book can be read as a standalone. I don’t feel like I was missing anything by not reading the first book when I dived into this one. Freya has not one but two big surprises in store for her leading up to her wedding, which is set during the Christmas season in Kelsea Bay, and being the ignorant American that I am, I have no idea if that’s a real or imagined place. But the description of the seaside town sounds lovely.

I found the book engaging, although with all the animals and their names, I started to get confused at times wondering if Freya was interacting with new characters in the story and then realized it was the farm animals.

Freya’s journey to find her real father takes place over a short period of time, and although she’s frustrated after a few days searching, I almost had to laugh because most people have to search for a long time to find a long-lost birth parent. The fact that she actually finds her real father in a few weeks is astounding and a little unbelievable, but I suppose that’s to be expected in a cozy holiday story. It’s a Christmas miracle!

This book was a nice escape from reality and makes me realize I really need to get across the pond and visit England someday, spending a month or two exploring the countryside and seeing all these wonderful settings I keep reading about.

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