The Farmhouse of Second Chances by Helen Rolfe – Blog Tour

Thank you to Anne Cater of random Things Tours for organising this blog tour and to Orion, Helen Rolfe and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Home is where the heart is…

Joy has made a family for herself. She’s turned her beautiful old farmhouse into a safe haven for anyone who is looking for a new beginning. She’s always ready with a kind word, a nugget of advice and believes that anyone can change their life for the better, if they really want to.

Libby has exchanged her high-flying job in New York for a break in the quiet Somerset countryside. She’s soon drawn into Joy’s world and into her family of waifs and strays – including Drew, whom Joy once helped get back on his feet, and now helps out around the house.

So when a secret from Joy’s past threatens everything, can the unlikely group come together to give Joy a second chance of her own?

My Thoughts

The Farmhouse of Second Chances is a delightful story of Joy and her extended family who stay at the farmhouse in search of themselves or a different style of life.

Joy has been estranged from her family most of her life for a reasons that isn’t revealed early to the reader.  Somehow she ended up been taken under the wings of the previous farmhouse residents and after they past she inherited it.  Continuing the kindness, Joy continues to open her doors to souls in need of somewhere to stay and heal.  Libby has been writing to her auntie Joy for years despite only meeting her once.  Her job in New York has become too stressful and Libby’s mental health is very low.  Can the farmhouse work its magic on Libby whilst giving Joy something she needs?

This book isn’t one to race through and devour (or it wasn’t for me).  It is more a book to savour by drinking in the lovely characters and setting and to bask in the warmth of it’s community spirit and healing.

I became attached to all the characters in the farmhouse, but especially the gorgeous Luna and her puppies.  Joy was such a kind soul, helping anyone who needed I and supporting others.  Libby was a lovely character with a lot to deal with and I loved her relationship with her estranged aunt.  Drew of course was charming, Sam the vet was a total gentleman and I loved seeing Cameron’s confidence grow with the support of everyone.  

I liked the mild mystery aspect of the plot around Joy’s estrangement from her family.  It was refereed to a lot and I had fun, and frustration, trying to guess the reason.  It kept me on the edge of my seat as I wondered if it would cause issues between her and Libby or any of the others. 

The setting was so serene and peaceful and I could do with spending a week or so there myself – without the Cockrel.

For me this novel was very character driven and focussed on Libby and Joy finding themselves and each other but also focussed on the impact we can have on the lives of the people around us with our actions and deeds.

This is a lovely read, emotional at times but heart-warming and hopeful.    

Author Bio – Helen Rolfe

Helen Rolfe is the author of feel-good fiction. She writes romantic and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

To learn more about Helen why not visit her Twitter @HJRolfe, Instagram @helen_j_rolfe,  and Facebook @helenjrolfewriter

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