Tuesday 10 August 2021

Book Review: The Woman from Beaumont Farm by AnneMarie Brear

The Woman from Beaumont Farm by AnneMarie Brear book cover

AD* | 1914, West Yorkshire, England.

Newly married to Noah Jackson, Beth is happily content working on her family’s market stall while Noah fulfils his dreams of being a teacher. Living in a small overcrowded pit house with the Jacksons isn’t ideal, but Beth knows it’s only for a short time and that change is around the corner. However, she could never have expected such shocking changes to happen.

When war erupts, Beth’s peaceful life is shattered by events beyond her control. Noah enlists to fight alongside his brothers, but it is on Beaumont Farm, Beth’s family home, where life throws the most challenges.

A devastating accident occurs that changes all their lives, and the effects ripple throughout the family. Once a loving home, Beaumont Farm becomes Beth’s responsibility, one she never thought she’d have.

Can she cope with the grief and burdens placed upon her as she waits for news from the battlefields of France?

Can she save the farm from collapse?

And will the man she loves return home safe, or will an old enemy take an opportunity to seek revenge?

The Woman from Beaumont Farm is the sequel to The Market Stall Girl, although I wasn't initially aware it was part of a series when I started reading. However, this book can easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Significant events from the previous book are outlined again by the author here, making it easy to follow along regardless of whether you've read the first book in the series.

Set against the First World War backdrop, this book is a sweeping tale of love and hope in the harshest of times. The main characters are Beth and Noah, young newlyweds who are torn apart when Noah goes off to fight in the war. Told between both their perspectives, The Woman from Beaumont Farm is about hardships, love, loss, and longing.

This saga is told across the duration of the war, one minute speeding through the changing seasons, and the next stopping to detail a pivotal moment in Beth and Noah's story. Nowadays, it's almost impossible to imagine the heartbreak that so many people suffered waiting for news of their loved ones during the war, but The Woman from Beaumont Farm realises this vividly. 

Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, The Woman from Beaumont Farm is an emotionally charged historical read.

Rating: 3 stars

The Woman from Beaumont Farm is available to buy now. For more from the author, check out my interview with AnneMarie Brear from a few years back!

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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