My Rating ~ Five Stars
RELEASE DATE: 30 March 2020
Publisher: Pantera Press
Twelve years had passed since the last Harvest Ball.
I was just eighteen when my hometown crowned me their Peach Queen with a blossom coronet. And I was eighteen when I left.
One tanked career, one badly timed glamour shoot and one dead boyfriend later, thirty-year-old Lottie Bentz is finally going home.
Back in the orchard town of Bonnievale, Lottie embarks on a radical declutter of her life, Marie Kondo-style. She casts out everything that got her into trouble: her phone, socials, make-up and a tendency to tell little white lies – to herself and others. But home has its own issues, not least Lottie’s staunchly feminist mother, who is furious with her.
When Lottie lands herself a place to stay in exchange for helping kindly Mrs Brooker try out the Kondo method, it seems like the perfect farm escape. That’s until Angus, Lottie’s former Peach King and heir to the Brooker orchards, makes it clear she’s not welcome – especially when Lottie’s declutter begins to stir up long buried memories and half-truths.
As Lottie finds her way back to herself, can she use her talents to coax Bonnievale and the Brookers out of the past? After all, everyone deserves to feel love, hope and the occasional spark of joy.
Thank you to Pantera Press for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!
Lottie has slunk back to her small home town from her city acting career, after a media disaster, involving a friend’s fatal overdose and a topless magazine shoot. She’s determined to get rid of everything in her life that is fake and encourages lying – her acting career, her obsession with her looks, social media, her phone and even her beloved nail polish collection. Her mother is furious with her though and refuses to have anything to do with Lottie. With little other options, she moves into a dilapidated caravan on the Brooker peach farm, where Mrs Brooker and her son, Angus (an old school friend of Lottie’s) live. As Lottie helps out around the farm, to earn her keep, she teaches Mrs Brooker the Kondor decluttering method. But Mrs Brooker also teaches her how the method of working out what sparks joy should really work.
When the publisher contacted me to ask if I would consider reading Spring Clean for the Peach Queen, I said it wasn’t my usual genre, but I’d give it a try since it was set in Perth, where I live. So I’d just like to officially kick myself in the pants for even thinking I might not enjoy this book. It was AMAZING! Ahh I loved it so much! I laughed and cried on multiple occasions. The characters were utterly brilliant and the story was both fun and heart wrenching. Even the side characters were unforgettable. There were some seriously relatable comments about social media in here for me too. “It doesn’t end. You’re always chasing, never satisfied. Running a race you can never win because there’s always someone bigger, more sought-after, more followed, more popular.” “There’s no summit. You get to the top and you see another mountain to climb” ..
Did this book also make me start spring cleaning my house with the (loosely) Kondor method? Yes. (However, I did since discover you should not try this method with a 4 year old. A ripped piece of paper with an indistinct scribble on it? SPARKS JOY for them. Apparently 🤨😂).
Please do yourself a favour and check this book out! It’s such a perfect, easy, Aussie read.
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