Ella works with horses on her Aunt Bron’s farm in the Welsh countryside. It is a haven for Ella who having always worked horses retreated to Bron’s farm when tragedy struck. Now Ella spends her days healing others through the power of therapy with the horses.
When she spots a small child watching her through the trees, she at first thinks she has seen some sort of ghost, but in fact it is Hope, a young girl who has lost her mother, living with her grandparents and a fairly absent father who has moved to the area. She is fascinated by the horses and when she finally gets up close to them, they change not just Hope’s life but also Ella’s.
Ella might well be settled but she is still hiding from the past – and someone from that past. When he turns back up in Ella’s life it seems that perhaps the past is still very much the present.
This is a wonderfully gentle novel, dealing with life changing issues in a kind way. Whilst the story gets going, it seems we are simply watching Ella’s life and her work with this equine therapy. Then there is Hope’s story as she comes to the village to live with her grandparents, the formidable Jenny and laid back Lou. There is of course the village community which is embraced within such a place and that is threaded through the main storyline. Of course the clues are there and I did spot the link between the two stories.
I had to keep simply reading because I wanted to know how it was all going to weave together and whether the outcome was the right one for the characters that I had invested time in. Of course I am not going to tell you what the outcome is – or whether it was the right one. You will have to read the book yourself to find that out!
This book needs a sequel as I want to go back to Hillside Farm.
Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Finding Hope at Hillside Farm is out now on kindle and published in paperback 7 Feb