Friday, March 15, 2019

Fox Halt Farm by Celia Moore - Book Tour + Giveaway

Fox Halt Farm

Opening on a cliff edge, Billy finds herself alone and betrayed. She believes everyone and everything she loves is threatened. Richard’s world is aglow with wealth, love and unswerving family loyalty but then his perfect life crosses Billy’s. He could save Billy, her beloved dairy cows and Fox Halt Farm but this young woman isn’t in the mood to be rescued.
Nothing will stay the same. Should they trust each other? Will their secrets tear their lives apart?
Fox Halt Farm is hard to put down. The story cracks along and you are caught up in Celia Moore’s vivid storytelling from the start.  If you love novels by Jill Mansell, Fiona Valpy, Lucinda Riley, Maeve Binchy and Danielle Steel you will love this novel too!
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This excerpt describes Billy’s first visit to Culmfield:
 “… The place was magnificent. I meant was, because I imagine about twenty years ago, it would have been the party capital of the South West. However, the death of Jessie’s mum and the extravagance of her father and Dennis, his lover, took its toll. When Dennis died, her father became a recluse and everything on the estate has been neglected since.
Despite its rundown state, this is love at first sight for me – I adore the house, with its twisted brick chimneys and heavy oak doors. Nothing matches, every window is a slightly different shape, and each wooden gable is carved with a unique and intricate knot design. It is very grand but its lack of symmetry makes it feel friendly.
The first thing I notice is that one of the chimneys has collapsed and the resultant hole in the roof is covered up with a patchwork of torn tarpaulins.
As we step inside the formerly impressive Culmfield House, I pull my coat tight around me, as it seems colder inside than out. The external walls are just the thickness of single bricks and there is no central heating. Jessie laughs at me. ‘Seeing you all huddled up like that, reminds me of growing up here. I used to stomp around these rooms with a portable heater in tow trying to keep warm.’
‘Yes, this place wasn’t built to keep heat in, was it?’ Michael says, as he points to the beautiful granite mullioned windows. The expansive single sheets of glass let in more coldness.
‘A never-ending fire in every fireplace would have been the only way to make this place warm,’ Jessie laughs. ‘That never happened, well, not that I remember.’
As we explore the house, I sketch a plan of the rooms, making notes. We reckon we can sit twenty-five people max, in the largest room, so marquees will be needed for the big day. The gardens are extensive with enormous areas of flat lawn; untidy and overgrown at the moment, but still, there is plenty of room.
‘Let’s see the chapel, next,’ Jessie says.
I nod, happy to go outdoors again for a moment to warm up.
‘Yes, come on,’ Michael agrees, marching us outside. ‘The chapel belongs to the house, it’s just across the courtyard.’
The church is a shock. I know this is the place where Michael and Jessie want the actual marriage ceremony to be held. This building is in a much worse state than the house.
There have been leaks everywhere and some of the timbers from the rotting domed ceiling lie on the floor. We walk in paint shavings reminding me of snow, but the flakes of debris crunch under our feet like fallen leaves.
‘You’ve got to change the venue, or at least the date,’ I say, as I kick up some paint and dust. ‘It will take months and months to sort this. Maybe a couple of years.’
‘Not negotiable, Billy,’ Jessie says…”

Author Bio –

Celia Moore (1967-now) grew up on a small farm near Exeter. She had a successful career as a Chartered Surveyor working in the City of London before working her way back to Devon. In 2000, she left the office to start a new adventure as an outdoor instructor, teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. Today she gardens for a few lovely customers, runs and writes (accompanied at all times by a border terrier x jack russell called Tizzy). She is running the London Marathon in April 2019 for three cancer charities.

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