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!READ DOWNLOAD ☪ Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm ♝ Secretswe All Have ThemClay S Inheritance Of Maple Syrup Farm Came At The Perfect Time Leaving City Life Behind He Headed For Maple Tree Surrounded Ashford, Connecticut Getting The Farm In Working Order Again Might Be Back Breaking Work But It Seems To Be The Only Way For Clay To Finally Forget About The Girl Who Once Broke His Heart Lucy S Had Enough Of Rules And The Stress Of Planning Her Life Down To The Very Last Detail Looking For An Adventure She Stumbles Upon Maple Syrup Farm And Its Gorgeously Gruff Owner This Could Be The Perfect Place To Hide Out But The Tranquillity And Warmth Of Maple Tree Farm Is Enough To Heal Even The Most Battered Of Hearts There Are Very Few Problems In Life That Can T Be Cheered Up By Maple Syrup The New Standalone Novel From Bestselling Author Of The Gingerbread Cafe Trilogy And The Bookshop On The Corner, Rebecca Raisin Title Secrets at Maple Syrup FarmAuthor Rebecca RaisinPublisher Carina UKReviewed By Arlena DeanRating FiveReview Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm by Rebecca RaisinWhat I liked about this novel.This was another one of this author s great novels that I did enjoy reading It was so interesting to know that Lucy s mum who was suffering from a long term illness wanted her daughter something special for her daughter So, we find Lucy on an adventure for a yearending up in Ashford, Connecticut where her life would be changed forever Why was that Lucky was there to live her life to the fullest for one year not worrying of her sick mum It was there in Ashford that she meets some wonderful people.even that moody Clay who she persuaded to give her a job as a farmers assistant on the Maple syrup farm in which he had inherited I loved how this author was able to bring the readers back to Ashford, Connecticut which was the home of the famous Gingerbread Cafe that if you are a reader of this author novels you will know all about that cafe meeting up with many old friends..like CeeCee, and Lil to name a few Yes, Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is of many secrets that will be dealt with in this read, however, I was happy to say I was able to guess a few of them early in this well written read The storyline will keep you turning the pages till the end because you will not want to miss anything The heroine in the read really loves her mum and wanted to obey her but for me I found it so hard to do what Lucy had doneand that was obeying her mum wishes The hero, Claywell I was able to catch what may have been his secret from what this author presented this story still it was a good read in how this author presented it all to the reader I don t want to give too much away other than to say pick up Secrets of Maple Syrup Farm and see how well this story is brought out Questions will be answeredWill Lucy decide on the trip to Parisfor a career as an artist or stay in Ashford Will their be something for Lucky in Ashford besides wanting to be that artist What else I liked about this novelThere was definitely a learning process of how maple syrup is made that this author covers so well in the read and I don t want to leave out all of those good baking descriptions that the ladies of the Gingerbread Cafe turned out as well in the foods you can use with maple syrup I will say there were a few recipes that were new to me to what you could use maple syrup in I will say that it will be interesting to see what may come of Lucy, Clay and her mum that only this author can do so very well especially in the small town of Ashford.what a great place to live. Like the previous book of Rebecca s The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs lys es that I had the pleasure of reading This book was not just a story of budding romance but a book that captures the imagination and engages all your senses I have never been a huge fan of romance in the past as it conjures up all sorts of images of heaving bosoms and manly protrusion, but it is not the case with this authors books She writes her characters in such a way that the readers grow to love them as you get to know each of them I loved this book so much that I did not want it to end My heart actually felt like it was going to break because I have to leave these characters behind I truly wish that these people were real and the town of Ashford was an actual place You do not just read Lucy s story, you live it with her Lucy s adventure is one that will grab you by the heart and leave you wanting From her personal struggles being separated from her mother and wondering how she will make it through a whole year on her own To finding a love she was not looking for and becoming part of a community that welcomed her with open arms It will make you laugh, it will make you cry but importantly, it will leave you feeling like Lucy, you have found friends for life Rebecca Raisin is a true master storyteller of the romance genre Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm was a truly joyous experience I hope to repeat in the future. Having waited for 6 months for this book to be released, the second I saw it available on Netgalley I jumped on requesting it, and started reading it the same evening I had been a bit worried that it may not live up to my expectations, but my fears were eradicated within the first few pages I was hooked on Secrets at Maple Farm almost instantly The book starts on a serious note, and had a real depth and compassion to it, that I haven t seen in Rebecca s writing before Lucy, has a sick mum with a long term illness who Lucy works incredibly hard in order to take care of However after a few years of their lives being like this, Lucy s mum gets Lucy to make a promise to go on an adventure for 1 year, to jump on the first bus out of Detroit and start the adventure wherever it goes, and to stay away for a full year Just one year for Lucy to live life to its full, without worrying about her mum This journey takes her into Ashford, Conneticut, where the residents take her to their hearts immediately, and she some how manages to persuade moody Clay to let her be a farmers assistant on the Maple Syrup farm that he inherited I was delighted to be back in Ashford, home of the Gingerbread Cafe If I am coming across as a bit of a Rebecca Raisin fangirl, then I am sorry, but once you read some of her books, I m sure you will see why This can be read as a stand alone, and you don t need to have met all the recurring characters before, as the relevant back story is provided However I will say it was wonderful to meet up with old friends including Sarah at the bookshop, CeeCee and Lil in the Cafe and just seeing how they have been progressing with their lives The book title mentions secrets, and there were plenty of secrets to be revealed in this story The majority of them I didn t guess at, or at least not until the last minute, and I think it was partly these secrets that added to the unputdownable nature of this book I knew from the first chapter, that I would be reading this in one sitting, as just didn t want to stop for any reason Please do clear some time when you read this, so you can relax into the story and enjoy it fully Lucy is a lovely character, she is desperate to try and do the right thing by everyone and its clear how much she loves her mum Clay took a lot of getting used to, and I found I was warming to him, at about the same pace that Lucy was He is a moody, reclusive man, and didn t like admiring he needed help Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm, introduced me to a world of how to make maple syrup, as well as all the foods that you can put maple syrup into Purely because the ladies of the Gingerbread Cafe, the food and baking descriptions will make you hungry as your read this, so make sure you have your snacks ready As I suspect you may be able to tell, I adored this book It is a fantastic story by an exceptionally talented lady, and I am counting down the days until the next new Rebecca Raisin book is out Thank you so much to Carina and Netgalley for this review copy This was my honest review. Magical, breathtaking details, and secrets around each cornerI couldn t be in love with Rebecca s new story Clay is this heart throb who just wants to be left aloneLucy is taking a year to find herself, a request made by her mother who she has been taking care of.They need each other than they know at the time and magic is in the air for these two Lucy finds Ashford randomly during her travels and chooses to make it her home during this period in her life.She meets some of my favorite characters for the Gingerbread series Ceecee, Lil, Sarah and a handful of others Such a magical town to live in and Lucy is really starting to get attached and doesn t know what she will do at the end of her year, will she leave Stay Lucy and Clay first meet when she goes to the farm in search of a job Farm assistant, why not She is worked to the bone day in and day out and becomes closer to Clay then she ever dreamed.As time goes on she decides to take a trip to Paris will this be the trip of a lifetime for the budding artist Or will she give it up to stay in Ashford Only time will tell and you need to read this amazing tale to learn and fall in love with Maple Syrup Farm Having loved the previous books the author has written I couldn t wait to get stuck into this one I downloaded it as soon as I could and read it in two days, staying up late to finish it the second day, even though I am currently on holiday This author is a must read for me.Lucy is a brilliant character She has guts, strength, and she is ballsy She doesn t take nonsense from anyone, knows her own mind, but deep down is very much a mummy s girl who would do anything for her mum In fact it is a promise she makes to her mum which brings her to the village of Ashford.Of course this allows us to reconnect with the much loved characters we have met in previous books Lil, Cee Cee, Damon etc For me this added another dimension to the story We are meeting a new character in Lucy, yet able to meet others we have fallen in love with.What can I say about Clay Mmmm nope, nothing I could say would describe him the way I envisage him Let s just say he has a body a male model would be proud of, but an attitude as well He has been badly hurt in the past and can t see past it.Lucy is a romantic, looks on the bright side of life, and expects others to do the same What could possibly go wrong when she meets hard headed, stubborn Clay Let the fireworks commence.Love the author, loved this book, and can t wait to follow the further adventures of Lucy, Clay et al I read this for the first time in 2015 but somehow forgot to post my review anywhere so I m endeavouring to rectify that now This is a lovely story of Lucy following her Mum s instructions and going on an adventure for a year She jumps on a bus and ends up in Ashford, Conneticut where she persuades Clay to let her be an assistant on the Maple Syrup Farm that he has inherited Whilst this works as a standalone, Ashford is the setting for other books by this author and it was great to reconnect with some of the characters from that story in this one.As the title implies, there are so many secrets to be revealed and the great characters and the relationship development seemed to happen at an appropriate pace I recommend you not to read this whilst you re hungry the sumptuous descriptions of the delicious food will have your mouth watering and had me snacking whilst reading I also learnt a lot about Maple Syrup, too This is another brilliant story from this highly talented author and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it.I requested and received a copy of this novel via NetGalley This is my honest review after choosing to read it. 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 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 There were plenty of hilarious and sparkly scenes between Lucy and Clay I couldn t tear my eyes away from the pages when the two of them bickered and threw witty remarks at each other The dynamic between Lucy and Clay grew, developed and deepen into something meaningful and complex as the story progressed.I absolutely adored the colourful, warm and very friendly residents of Ashford CeeCee, Lil, Becca, Henry and lots of others were eager to help Lucy, shower her with love and provide shoulder to cry on I was delighted to see their friendship grow and develop from the first time Lucy entered their life.The author s descriptions of the settings and the festivities were just so vivid and mesmerising that I felt like I was there taking a walk around Ashford, peeking inside the shops, tasting the delicious treats that CeeCee and Lil prepared and enjoying the hard work Lucy and Clay had endure to re awake the Maple Syrup Farm once again.Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm is a book about love, life and opportunities There were surprises and twists sprinkled with humour and romance It ticked all my boxes of a spectacular read and kept me highly entertained right to the end.Rebecca Raisin is a fabulous author and I can t wait to read her next book Secrets of Maple Syrup Farm by Rebecca Raisin is a 2015 Carina UK publication I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review As sad as I was to say goodbye to the wonderful folks at the Gingerbread Cafe, I couldn t wait to see what new adventures Rebecca Raisin had in story for us This new book is centered around Lucy, a young woman who has put her dreams on hold in order to care for her chronically ill mother But, when her mother begs her to take a year off and travel, and apply to a prestigious art school in order to start lining out her future, Lucy is torn, but she can t say no to what could be her mother s dying wish So, arrangements are made with Lucy s aunt, a woman who is estranged from Lucy s mother, but who promises to step up and take care of her while Lucy is away The deal was for Lucy to hop on the first bus she comes to and let the adventure work it s way out according to the way fate would have it and wouldn t you know, Lucy meets a woman on the bus named Cee Cee, who tells her all about a Maple farm in Ashford, Connecticut, and a young man named Clay who recently inherited the farm and is in dire need of help.While I loved the light and cozy stories of the Gingerbread Cafe, I would have to say this author really outdid herself with this one Only a few minor complaints, mainly that a few areas of the story were not explained in full or glossed over and not fleshed out enough, such as the malady Lucy s mom suffered from Other than that, the characters literally come to life and the story is so touching and sweet, I found myself checking my supply of tissues Clay is closed off, stubborn than a mule, cynical, and obviously hurt and bitter At times he had me so frustrated I felt like Lucy did and wanted to hit him over the head with a baseball bat But, of course we know he must have been raked over the coals in the past to have become so disillusioned about love, and to have lost all his faith in humanity Lucy, is a delightful character full of courage and hope, but also has her secrets and insecurities I loved watching her chisel away at Clay s stone like exterior a little at a time Her enthusiasm and optimism is in stark contrast to Clay s personality, but it seems it might be catching, as Clay seems incapable of holding on to his stoicism when she is in his presence, although he certainly fights her every step of the way The side story of a set of journals Lucy unearths, apparently written by Clay s uncle, the man he inherited the farm from, tells of a tragic love story, epic in the tradition of Romeo and Juliet as it ended without a traditional happy ever after, but the man s deep love for his lost lover was such an inspiration for Lucy as she saw in him a kindred spirit I closed the journal, running a hand along it s cover Most people would die to find a love like he describes Was it worth it though He spent the rest of his life missing her How could he not get it Clay obviously didn t feel love as deeply Of course it was Because he loved her with everything his soul, his heart, his body She was his world, so the real world faded to black Don t you see He found another kind of beauty here And he could see her here He wasn t hiding , he was seeking salvation the only way he knew how He loved her fiercely, he couldn t function without her He s a hero, really A proper real life hero, who worshiped a woman above all else The mystery surrounding Clay s uncle and his sketches added a surprising twist to the story and touched Clay and Lucy personally The procedure of making maple syrup was fascinating, and I enjoyed learning about this process It was also a delight to touch base with Cee Cee and Lil and I enjoyed the occasional forays into the Gingerbread cafe This story is a tiny bit edgier than previous books by this author, as she adds in some real conflict and evokes a stronger emotional response in the reader, but still holds true to the magical atmosphere we have come to love surrounding Ashford, Connecticut The writing is crisp and sharp, the characters well defined, and the story is warm and inspiring I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to romance lovers of all kinds 4.5 stars Secrets at Maple Sugar Farm by Rebecca Raisin pub date 7 17 15Great Contemporary RomanceLucy, 28, and her mother live in Detroit and have always been travelers on to the next adventure until her mother became ill As her mother lays in a hospital bed she has a request she makes of Lucy, a promise Lucy does not want to make, but must for hers mothers peace of mind The request is for Lucy to quit her job, get on the first bus out town without looking at the destination, and spend a year working and saving money she then wants Lucy to apply to the Van Gogh Institute of Paris for an art scholarship Lucy is a bundle of nerves, how can she do this leave her mother never, no money, no way to pay her critically ill mothers and her bills, and she doesn t considerate herself talented enough for the art institute The promise she makes her mother is breaking her in pieces, but deep inside she felt a spark So begins Lucy s adventure.Lucy s journey ends in Ashford, Connecticut home of the Maple Sugar Farm and the town hard to leave, according to CeCe, a passenger on the bus Small town USA is a wonderful place She directed to the caf , the B and B and a job with Clay at the syrup farm Everyone is kind, warm, helpful except Clay the Hunk with a capital H No one knows why Clay avoids everyone in town and stays at the run down farm inherited from his Uncle Jessup The town s people say the ghost of the former owner, Jessup, haunts the farm and walks through the orchard of maple tree he loved so much Clay and Lucy snark and bite at one another constantly, but Lucy will not give up, she must have the money from this job Attraction is burning brightly Ms Raisin created a wonderful story full of mysteries on the farm from ghost, Lucy s mother what is she hiding from Lucy, from hidden journals to paintings, small town values, small town gossip, small town caring, strong characters, an old love story that consumed one person, the mystery of what happened to Clay to close himself off, two main characters fighting love, and a plot that was interesting from start to finish with twist and turns The pacing was good and moved at just the right pace I loved watching Lucy and Clay grow in character, love, and solve the mysteries of the farm and Jessup.This is a story of separation, healing, growth, letting go and living life, realizing dreams, acceptance, commitment, and love There is so much emotion in this book from the heights of happiness to the depths of despair and sadness I cried at one point in the story and laughed in others.I recommend this book and give it 5 stars, it is a wonderful story well written There is a very small amount of sex, nothing explicit, nothing descriptive and handled wonderfully by Ms Raisin I look forward to Ms Raisin s next book.I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest opinion.