All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison

The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember, though the Great War still casts a shadow over the cornfields of her beloved home, Wych Farm.

When charismatic, outspoken Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to write about fading rural traditions, she takes an interest in fourteen-year-old Edie, showing her a kindness she has never known before. But the older woman isn’t quite what she seems. As harvest time approaches and pressures mount on the whole community, Edie must find a way to trust her instincts and save herself from disaster.

To begin with I had such pre conceived notions about this book. I’d seen it mentioned all over You Tube and Twitter and thought it wasnt for me. It was too literary. Not my sort of thing.

Boy, was I wrong!

Edie’s character undergoes such a transformation throught the book but its done so gently you almost dont see it happening. Constance is a wonderful character with much to hide but her charm shines off the page and you can see why Edie is drawn to her.

To be honest now ive read it I find the blurb on the back to be slightly confusing and misleading. Maybe its just me though?

This is such a beautiful book. The writing is super smooth and easy to read. Her descriptions of nature are so exquisite it makes you want to run wild in fields and notice whats around you so much more.

Its quite slow paced and defintiely not plot heavy but it has a sting in the tail I never saw coming.

Its my best read so far of 2019.

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