I have read far too many crime/psychological thrillers over the last few months that I’m sure I could spot a serial killer a mile off! I love this genre but every now and then I like to read something that’s completely different to my usual read. Kitty’s Countryside Dream by Christie Barlow is the first book I have read by Christie, so I picked up the book with trepidation, would I like her writing style? Would I find it to sweet and sickly? Would I wish I had stuck to blood and gore and serial killers? It’s a resounding NO I absolutely LOVED this book from the first page until the last.
Firstly I must say I expected Kitty’s Countryside Dream to be your typical “chick lit”, enjoyable, but lacking in substance. Boy was I wrong! when kitty inherits Bluebell Lodge from a grandmother she never even knew existed, she embraces her new life with open arms, and bucketfuls of enthusiasm. As Kitty gets to grips with becoming a chicken farmer the future looks bright, especially with her handsome neighbour and farm manager Tom working alongside her. But things are never that straight forward, and when kitty finds a mysterious diary which contains shocking revelations, she wonders if her countryside dream and blossoming relationships will survive.
Christie Barlow has created characters who are adorable, and oh so loveable by the end of the book they felt like old friends. Kitty and Tom especially found a special place in my heart, they really made the perfect couple, and the dialogue between them was full of humour and warmth. As I reached the end of the book I felt sad at the thought of saying “goodbye” to characters who felt like they had become friends. It’s a tale of friendship, love, secrets and new beginnings, it’s full of humour, sadness and so much more.
Kitty’s Countryside Dream is anything but “run of the mill” chick lit, I was surprised just how much depth there was to Kitty’s Countryside Dream, especially as we learn more about the secrets hidden in Violets diary. Christie has written a beautiful and at times heartbreaking novel, with genuine loveable characters. I can honestly say I loved every page of the delightful, heart touching novel (and not a serial killer in sight!)
5 ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5
Publisher: Bookouture (25 Feb. 2016)