Wednesday, June 28, 2023

The Llama Farm on New Moon Lane

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Book Summary:  Young and quiet, Lucy Granger leads an introverted life in Reading, living in a flat and working in design at a graphics company—until it is upended when she both sells her idea for a mobile game and suffers an unexpected medical diagnosis shortly afterwards.

Facing a mandated medical rest period, she decides to use her windfall earnings to take a year's holiday, renting a farm on New Moon Lane in a country village in Yorkshire. As Lucy settles into her holiday home for some tranquility, she soon learns that she is not the only tenant, when a llama named Llarry strolls out of the farm's supposedly-derelict barn. He is shortly followed by others in a menagerie of abandoned animals left behind—from a sickly donkey who likes eating crisps to a flirtatious cockerel sleeping in the back garden.

To Lucy's consternation, no one is willing or able to take them on, leaving her with a strange mix of furry and feathered friends to find homes for. Reluctantly adapting to her circumstances in order to deal with this problem, Lucy will discover other surprises about the animals in her care, and the place she is temporarily calling home. About herself, as well.

Will her ordinary life ever be the same after her experience on New Moon Lane? More importantly, should she really want it to be?

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Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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Excerpt From the Author: Very happy to be sharing about my newest read with everyone at Seaside Book Nook today. It’s called The Llama Farm on New Moon Lane, and features a quiet young heroine named Lucy who’s in need of a holiday in the countryside. In the short extract below, Lucy discovers the first of a series of surprises in store for her at the little farm cottage.

Up early, Lucy filled the kettle and put it on the stove. She made three notes and lined them up on the counter — first, to call the realtor to find out about the utilities, second, to buy some fresh food to eat, and third, to light the boiler. All three felt extremely challenging at present. Sometimes a cup of tea helped her feel more like facing them.

The old blue cupboard in the kitchen was grimy, so Lucy wiped it out, then stacked the new blue and white dishes on its shelves. She sipped her tea, looking at the darkness through the kitchen window, imagining the lonely fields and woods. She put the cup into the sink, wiped the counters, and opened the back door to scatter breadcrumbs from the late night toast snack. 

The squeaky hinges disturbed a cluster of black and white settled on the back of the sheltered bench, and a little cockerel sprang down from its back, making chattering noises as soon as he saw her, as if making an appeal against her rudeness. 

An escapee from the neighboring farm, Lucy reasoned. She shut the door, then went to dress for her first task of settling in for the next few weeks, that of getting the hired car back to the service. 

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