In the summer of 1972, a group of friends is invited to Somerset to help photographer Seymour Stratton renovate a dilapidated cottage on Wyld Farm. Over the next year the group come to regard the farm as offering them a place to be for the rest of their lives, to enjoy ‘the good life’. But despite the commitment and camaraderie the rural idyll collapses.
Twenty-five years later, the group is brought together again in unexpected circumstances. Can events of the past be forgotten? Or will the secrets that are revealed devastate once unbreakable friendships?
I like reading books set in the seventies as I love that era, so when I read the blurb for this book I thought it would be one I’d enjoy. The book opens well and sets the scene and time without being too forceful. For example, The BBC news has just finished. (He does not approve of ITV) It also felt very believable a lot of people were looking to become self-reliant at this time and Wyld farm would be perfect for that.
There’s a lot of tension in the writing and I felt Holmes does a good job of keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel throughout and found myself wanting to skip ahead to find out what secrets would be revealed and see what impact these would have.
I think its best to read this novel in one or two sittings, if possible, as I felt it was more enjoyable like that. The novel feels confidently written and well plotted. I know this is not the authors first novel and it shows. I had high expectations from the blurb and I didn’t feel disappointed. I’d highly recommend Wyld Dreamers. its one of the best books I’ve read this year. I am now going to seek out Pamela Holmes first novel, The Huntingfield Paintress.