Review by Veronica

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“He looked really good, like he wouldn’t have been out of place driving cattle on a ranch somewhere. Nerves fluttered in her stomach as his eyes locked with hers and he smiled. She hadn’t been able to stop herself from kissing him when they’d been sitting in his car, so what chance did she have when he was standing in front of her, looking like he did?”

Welcome to Seabreeze Farm is a delightful and sweet romance story that will leave you with a big smile on your face.

Unhappy with life in London, and with her love life a complete disaster, Ellie Chapman desperately needs a change. So when she learns she’s inherited a farmhouse perched high up on the cliffs above the English Channel, it feels like the perfect escape. But ramshackle and dilapidated, and ruled by the world’s naughtiest donkey, Seabreeze Farm is not as picture perfect as Ellie imagined. And then there’s brooding local vet Ben Hastings, who seems to make it his mission to make life on the farm even harder for Ellie! With money tight, Ellie slowly rebuilds the tired old farmhouse. And as the farm comes to life under Ellie’s care, Ellie’s spark returns too. Because as every day passes, Ellie begins to realise that there is something special about Seabreeze Farm, and there’s no other place she’d rather be.

I love Jo’s The Cornish Midwife series, so I was super excited to read her latest book, Welcome to Seabreeze Farm. I adored this book, and I ended up reading it in one afternoon! It was a nice short read and checked off all those things that make a great romance book for me. Jo’s latest book is much lighter and fluffier than her Cornish Midwife series, which had me on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Welcome to Seabreeze Farm doesn’t dive into tough social or emotional issues; it’s just a sweet and wonderful love story.

Ellie and Karen (Ellie’s mom) end up inheriting an old farmhouse that used to belong to Ellie’s great-aunt, located on an animal sanctuary farm. They both realize that they need a change in their lives and decide to move to the old farm. Things don’t go as smoothly as they would like, and they soon learn that it will take a small community to save the old farm. There is a lot to love about this book. The setting, characters, and story blend nicely, and Jo adds enough drama and comic relief to keep her readers very happy and entertained.

Jo’s writing is smooth, and she was able to transport her readers to the lush coastal farm where Ellie lives. Using the animal sanctuary farm as the setting for this book was such a fab idea. Jo does a fantastic job transporting her readers to this lush and vibrant farm; I felt like I could feel that sea breeze on my face. The animals added a lot of joy and laughter to this story. I always love a book that is chalk full of adorable and mischievous animals.

We are lucky enough to get two lovely romance stories in this book. Ellie and Ben and Karen and Alan. Both romances are sweet and wonderful. My favourite relationship was between  Karen and Alan. Their love story had this second chance, friends to lovers feel to it. My heart just pitter-pattered every time these two had cute moments together. I might have done a lot of happy sighing. Ellie and Ben’s relationship had more drama in it. Ellie’s scheming ex-fiance comes back into the picture to stir up trouble between these two and for the farm. I enjoyed their relationship drama; it added some excitement to the storyline. 

If you are looking for a light, fun, sweet romance book, you definitely need to read Welcome to Seabreeze Farm.

Thank you, Boldwood Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.