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Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm (Once in a Lifetime) by [Raisin, Rebecca]
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Length: 384 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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‘[Rebecca Raisin] is a modern Maeve Binchy’ - Books for Bunny

A truly decadent and delicious romance, perfect for long summer days and nights

Maple sugar kisses

Lucy would do anything for her mom…but she never expected to end up promising to leave her. After her mom got sick, Lucy dropped everything to take care of her, working all hours in a greasy diner just to make ends meet and spending every spare moments she had by her mom’s hospital bedside.

Now, Lucy is faced with a whole year of living by her own rules, starting by taking the first bus out of town to anywhere…

Except she didn’t expect to find her next big adventure just around the corner! Especially when on her first day in town she bumps into grumpy, but oh-so-delicious Clay amidst the maple trees. Surrounded by the magic of Ashford, Lucy has the chance to change her life forever and finally discover a life she wants to live!

Fall in love with Ashford, Connecticut in this dazzling and beautiful romance from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin.

What readers are saying about Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm

‘A touching story mixed with laughter and secrets, a reminder of how important it is to live your own life’ – Reviewed the Book

‘Rebecca’s stories are just like a huge, warm hug, gently enticing you into the heart of Ashford life and making you feel like you belong there. … This book is an absolute joy from start to finish, and I really must implore you to read it!’ – Paris Baker’s Book Nook

I smiled, laughed and cried throughout Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm. If you like me are looking for a read that will pull at your heart strings, make you smile and awww then this is a book for you.’ – Crooks on Books

‘another wonderful story set in Ashford and her beautiful writing always adds this unique atmosphere.’ – Sky’s Book Corner


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1996 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (17 July 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OQD8HNY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is the first book by Rebecca Raisin I have had the pleasure of reading. I could not wait to send my little bookworms to play with their lovely daddy while I snuggled down on my comfy sofa and happily dived into the world of the magical maple trees, the picturesque town of Ashford and it's welcoming residents I heard so much about.

I quickly discovered that the story-line of The Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is highly addictive and utterly captivating.

Lucy is such a beautiful, a caring and a hardworking person she loves her poorly mother and would do absolutely anything for her but Crystal, Lucy's mother, wants more for her precious daughter. Lucy loves to paint. Painting is her passion and a way of expressing her feelings and moods. Crystal encourages Lucy to take a year off to discover the world beyond her mothers bedside, to find herself and also finally apply for a scholarship to the famous Van Gogh Institute in Paris. The first bus Lucy jumps on drives her straight to Ashford and the welcoming arms of its residents.

I felt for Lucy and her constant worries centered around her mother diseases and the mixed feelings of frustration and fear of what the future may hold for their little family unit. I understood why Crystal encouraged Lucy to go off and experience again some much needed happiness and other life pleasures. I was so happy when Lucy met the wonderful CeeCee and consequently landed herself a "farm assistant" job in Ashford.

I loved the character of Clay even though he was a man of a few words and aside of his trust issues, he certainly had plenty of charisma and later I discovered he also possessed a big heart, a glorious body and a magical smile !
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Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is the latest book by Rebecca Raisin, an author whose books I love more than anything. There’s something about Rebecca’s books that are so warm and inviting that I find I never want to leave them and Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm was no exception. Here, we meet Lucy who is a kind-hearted, caring character who is lovely but really does need to have a bit more self-belief. Lucy’s mum has an illness which will see her health decline and her lifespan gradually decrease and so other than working her fingers to the bone, Lucy dedicates her time to caring for her mum. Lucy answers her mum’s every request which is why when her mum asks her to take a year out, a year to focus on herself and live her own life, Lucy begrudgingly gets on a bus and finds herself in Ashford, the place I fell in love with back in Rebecca’s previous books. The story that follows is so charming and enticing, another winner of a novel from Rebecca that will send you on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

There’s a tender and touching exploration of the relationship between mother and daughter all throughout this novel. I loved the bond between Lucy and her mum, how they were the best of friends and how they had so much love and respect for each other. At times I felt like I could identify with their relationship and see similarities to the bond I had with my mum – the laughter in the toughest of circumstances, the regular texting and always seeking out the latest gossip rather than wallowing in the sadness life brings.
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By Demelza Carlton TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 July 2015
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I couldn't wait for this book to come out - all of Ms Raisin's Ashford romances are always so happy and sweet! This one had a darker undercurrent to it, but that's Maple Syrup, isn't it? It's not all sweetness and light.

Lucy is a lovely character - loyal and caring, but also very much a free spirit because that's all she's ever known from life with her mother. Instead of talking out her feelings, she expresses it in her art - the colours, the shapes; all of it so personal she rarely shares it. I enjoyed seeing her blossom as the residents of Ashford took her in, but at the same time, she had plenty to offer the town and its most reclusive resident - Clay.

Beneath the blossoming romance, this book explores issues of illness, grief and learning to live again despite all of it. And maybe love can last forever, even when the loved one is gone.
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A heartwarming story, need to have a box of tissues handy, wonderful writing by the author, makes you feel like the characters are people you know.
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