I am a huge fan of Heidi Swain’s books and so I was thrilled to be back in Nightingale Square to catch up with all the goings on and see what is happening. The last time I was there, the community garden that had been created by the residents was just in its infancy.
Now the garden and the residents are thriving….as are two incomers.
Poppy has always wanted to live in the square and when she gets the chance, she jumps at it as she will be much nearer the garden and that means she can access to all the freshly grown ingredients to make her pickles and jams and even elderflower cordial.
This peaceful existence though is about to be shattered when she discovers her little brother has been left ‘home alone’ while her mother swans off to Spain. Reluctantly she takes Ryan in and all his sixteen year old hormones and issues. It is not going to be easy to get Ryan to embrace his temporary home and being part of a community. Poppy is nothing if not ready for a challenge even if it isn;t on of her choosing.
The other challenge she faces is her grumpy neighbour Jacob. Recently moved to the area, Jacob is very reluctant to be apart of anything whether it be neighbours, the community and certainly not the garden. He does not seem to trust anyone and won’t anyone get close to him to find out why.
That is until he starts to prove a great help with Poppy’s brother Ryan and it seems perhaps Jacob is just dealing with his past in his own way, just as Ryan is.
When events in the garden leave the whole of Nightingale Square questioning each other as to who they can trust and especially outsiders.
Trust is a major theme in this book and it shows the different ways in which mistrust and trust can manifest itselves, between siblings, between friends and also between neighbours. But what Heidi Swain does do is give you an abundance of love and faith in this and all of her novels no matter which one you pick up.
Something about Heidi’s novels makes me want to move straight in and become involved and if I could meet my own Mr Grumpy and drink elderflower cordial then I think life would be complete. In fact life is complete with any of Heidi Swain’s novels and this latest one is no exception.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Poppy’s Recipe for Life is published on 30 May 2019