Much to my surprise and delight, novel of childhood The Apple Picker’s Daughter has picked up its first US reviews at Amazon:
Born in the 1960s on a UK apple farm, Clare Rivers is a girl out of time, living in a family and a world that makes little sense to her. Determined to carve out her place somehow, and with her deep love of her father to see her through, Clare begins a unique journey to discover the reasons for her own existence. If she can. However, accompanied by the oddities of family, school and the strange lyrical life of the apples, can Clare really find a place within herself to call home?
This novel will appeal to lovers of rural life, recent history and a child’s quirky but clear-sighted view of the adult world.
“The only way to absorb Anne Brooke’s gift of a child’s perception of the world is to read the book. It is a joy!” (From a 5-star Amazon US review)
“She [Clare] sees herself as different and she has never felt that she quite fit into the dynamics around her. She embarks on a journey of self discovery that will endear even the most hardened cynic. This book is an absolute joy to read.” (From a 4-star Amazon US review)