Leah is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Dumped by Adam, the man she planned to marry, she escapes to Aunt Jayne’s smallholding in the Kent village of Winkleigh Marsh. Heartbroken and homeless, she strives to clear her name and deal with her emotions.
Jayne treats Leah’s unhappiness with herbal remedies, cowslip wine and common sense in equal measure. In return Leah works hard for the delicious home-cooked meals they share. She wrestles with sheep, breaks nails and gets stuck in the mud – learning as much about herself as she does about farming. Soon Leah is happy milking cows, mucking out pigs and falling halfway in love with Duncan, a dishy tractor driver.
Back in London, steps are being taken to investigate what’s happened to the missing money. It looks as though the real embezzler must soon be unmasked and Leah will have to choose between resuming her old life or starting a new one.
That’s when her problems really start.
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Review extracts –
Wow! What a fab must read story, which I was unable to put down!
The book has it all – humour, romance, poignancy, and a bit of a mystery to be solved too
What sets this story apart from the usual romance/mystery are the delightful country scenes and details of life on a farm.
I loved this book.
I have read many of Patsy Collins’s short stories but this was my first long read of hers. I thoroughly enjoyed – the clue why being in the title – an escape. She painted a brilliant picture of what we dream of as idyllic country life.
This actually had me looking forwards to my train journeys while I was reading it.
a superb introduction to country life!
It hooked me in and the twist at the end was great.
It’s a great story with characters that are written so well that you really care about them. I laughed, I cried and I shouted “no” at them several times as I joined them on their journey. I also got rather hungry with some of the food descriptions!