Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas


Synopsis: It’s time for Beti Winter to dance to her own beat.

After three failed engagements Beti is in desperate need of a fresh start. What better place than the sun-drenched hills of southern Spain?

But it’s not all sangria and siestas. Beti finds work on an old Andalusian cherry farm where there are cherries to be picked, trees to be watered and her fiery boss, Antonio, to win over.

As the sun toasts her skin, Beti finds herself warming to the Spanish way of life. Embracing the art of flamenco, she discovers there is much to learn from the dance of passion. She just has to let loose and listen to the rhythm of her heart.

My Rating: 5/5

My Review: Where on earth have I been? I picked this book up having never heard of the author but absolutely loved the cover. I literally read this in two sittings in just one day and I LOVED it! I’m actually annoyed at myself for not having read other books by her.

Our lead character Beti is a woman that has a job she hates, a boyfriend that doesn’t seem to want to commit and a yearning for a different life. When she finally takes a leap of faith and ups and moves to Spain things don’t quite go as planned. I don’t really want to go into any more detail about the storyline as it can sometimes spoil it for people.

What I will say is that although I thought Beti needed to ‘grow a set’ from pretty early on, what actually happens is you see her fail and then you are cheering her on as she does everything she can to achieve her goals. I ended up absolutely loving her as a character. I also loved the additonal characters that popped up to create this wonderful story set in an Andalucian Cherry Farm. Her Boss Antonio, his son Miguel,  Frank the waiter and many more.

I fell in love with the Cherry Farm, and all the locals who all seem to make marked appearances in the story. This is the absolute perfect recipe for a warm summers day when you just want to escape. Fantastic story line and great writing which resulted in a 5 star read. I will definitely be looking out for her older books and newer stuff too!

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