I am thrilled today to bring you a review of the lovely Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe. This is a follow on from Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe but can be read as a stand alone. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on this tour and sending me a copy of the book for review. So, without further delay let me tell you what I thought of the book………..
Blurb: Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.
Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.
But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.
Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?
This novella is part of a trilogy:
Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café
Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07C5CL9XF/
My Review: I’m just going to dive right in here and say this is a lovely story. It can be read as a stand alone as I’ve already said though you do get a bit more depth of the friendship between Jaz, Fen and Ellie if you read the first book too.
For a short, easy read there is a lot of depth to the story. Jaz flees her home, not through choice but because she has to. She ends up in Sunnybrook where, after a bit of time to settle in and find her feet, she is doing quite well. The village is lovely, it sounds like the typical English village with a village green and the addition of a duck pond. The story centres around the cafe, Brambleberry Manor, the duck pond and the place from which Jaz ran away, because sometimes it’s hard to escape somewhere than you think.
The story really comes to life, the characters are well-rounded and realistic and you find yourself wanting to be there with them, experiencing the highs and lows that they are going through. It’s a lovely, summery read and is ideal escapism if you want a few hours away from the realities of your own life. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the final book of the series to come out.
About the author:
Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988