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10 August,2017

Book Review – A Bed of Barley Straw, By Sam Russell

Well, what can I say? I was asked to review this book by Haynet and the author Sam Russell kindly sent me the book to read. There’s nothing better than a good love story, I like the characters to have a bit of depth and life outside the romance and this book certainly delivers on that.

This love story is between Hettie, the head groom on the hunting yard at Draymere Manor and Alexander, one of the Lord of the Manor’s sons. Both Hettie and Alexander have a great underlying fondness and desire for one another but past experiences are holding them back from forming a relationship. Their experiences are relevant life issues that most people could relate to in one way or another. They say the course of true love is never does run smooth and Hettie and Alexander’s experience is no different. The story isn’t just focused on Hettie and Alexander. We get to know Alexander’s and Hettie’s family and friends and how they support one another through good and not so good times.

The fact that the story features a hunting yard and horses appealed to me more as I have a real passion for horses. I spent a lot of my youth riding and working my holidays on a livery yard. I enjoyed how the personalities and lives of the characters unfolded as the book progressed. Bite sized pieces of information about each character and their life are given as you read, fitting together as the story unfolds. The characters became real, like they were people I knew. In fact I could relate some of the characters to people I have met throughout my life which was even better.   That said I think the book would appeal to those that don’t have any knowledge of horses or working with them because the story is about real life experiences and emotions. There are a few pieces of more adult content so I think the reader should be at least 18 years.

The book was a real page turner for me; I could hardly put it down and couldn’t wait for the next instalment. I thoroughly enjoyed it and for days after kept picking it up to read more only to realise once again that I have finished. I was so pleased to discover that there was a Draymere Manor Volume 2 on its way.

I’m looking forward to getting stuck into A Bed of Brambles very soon.


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