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Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery

Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Hetty's Farmhouse Bakery by Cathy Bramley, read by Colleen Prendergast.

Thirty-two-year-old Hetty Greengrass is the star around which the rest of her family orbits. Marriage, motherhood and helping Dan run Sunnybank Farm have certainly kept her hands full for the last 12 years. But when her daughter Poppy has to choose her inspiration for a school project and picks her aunt, not her mum, Hetty is left full of self-doubt. 

Hetty’s always been generous with her time and until now, her biggest talent - baking deliciously moreish shortcrust pastry pies - has been limited to charity work and the village fete. But taking part in a competition run by Cumbria’s Finest to find the very best produce from the region might be just the thing to make her daughter proud...and reclaim something for herself.

Except that life isn’t as simple as producing the perfect pie. Changing the status quo isn’t easy - and with cracks appearing in her marriage and shocking secrets coming to light, Hetty must decide where her priorities really lie....

©2018 Cathy Bramley (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

Praise for Cathy Bramley: "Delightful!" (Katie Fforde)

"Full of joy and fun." (Milly Johnson)

"Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns." (Trisha Ashley)

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Beautiful setting and beautifully read

Im a big fan of Cathy Bramleys books but I’d have to say this one isn’t my favourite. Most of the story was very sweet, homely and comforting as her story’s usually are however the ending of this one I just found disappointing. I wanted to see Hetty be empowered and take her life back but I feel like she was used as a doormat and continued that life with someone who didn’t treat her well.

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  • Glenys Robinson
  • 25-11-2018

Most enjoyable

I loved this book, a nice gentle story with a happy ending read beautifully as usual

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-2018

Heartwarming

I loved listening to this book, it reminded me of being at home by the descriptions given of the long dining table etc.

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  • Dewdrop
  • 31-08-2018

simple, covers a range of emotions, satisfying

While this book has taken me many months to listen to, I must add that this is not due to lack of interest in the story.
The story has been intriguing. At times incredibly sad, while at others rather funny.
The characters are deep, interesting and full of...err...character!

Another lovely audiobook to take my mind away from the norm.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-2018

Not for me at all.

I thought this would be like other "chick-lit" I have read in the past, kind of predictable but easy to get through. I was wrong. It was completely predictable - that is OK though. I just couldn't warm to the main character which made it hard to get through. I was pretty sure I had the story arc figured out from very early on but as all the reviews I read mentioned a twist I thought maybe I had it wrong and had better listen to the end just in case - I didn't have it wrong and wasted several hours of my life listening to it.

I found the main character to be a bit of a doormat and felt like shouting at her to man up. It was sickly sweet and frustrating.

The narrator did her best with the material given.

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  • Janice Issitt
  • 07-04-2018

sickly sweet and dull as dishwater

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would have enjoyed it more if I had never taken several hours to listen to it, I couldn't wait for it to end.

Has Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery put you off other books in this genre?

yes

What didn’t you like about Colleen Prendergast’s performance?

It was trying to be funny and endearing and was neither.

Any additional comments?

The weakest story line I've ever listened to, if anyone has a more boring life than this I would like to meet them. It is not cute but insulting to the listener in it's patronising effort to be endearing. Simply a waste of time and space.

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