Today I’m thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour for A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe. This is the 5th novella in the series and I have a review of it as well as a special sneak peak at the cover and blurb of book 6! How exciting is this!?!! So, get comfy and read on……
Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?
My Review: So I’m starting my review a bit differently from usual. While the blurb posted above is the correct one and has some correct points in it, it doesn’t match the story so I’ll do a quick summary and then my review of the book.
We start by meeting Katya, part Russian and part Austrian but born and brought up in Norfolk. School bullies meant that she grew up feeling that people judged her simply because her name is unusual and therefore she is different from them. A bad romantic relationship has also made her wary of those. However, her well-meaning but meddling Gran gets her to apply for a vacancy at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and she gets the job and heads to Sunnybrook wondering what people will make of her and whether this is a good decision or not.
OK, so a brief summary of the beginning done, and now for the rest of it. I’ve read all of the previous novellas and loved them but this one, I felt, has done something different with the series. Having explored the main characters lives in previous books it was ideal to bring in characters from outside the village and see how they interacted with the existing characters and environment.
While I don’t have the non-UK heritage that Katja has I could understand why she felt the way she did about her background and people’s attitudes given her experiences. She felt realistically written, as did the other characters, and I empathised with her struggles and dilemmas as she adjusted to life in the village.
I read this book in quiet periods at work and also at home. When I was reading I was completely engrossed in the story and temporarily lost track of where I was. It was a bit of a shock being startled out of the village setting back to my noisy work environment. I loved seeing the character development of Katja and other new characters as the story progressed.
This is a fabulous story. If you’ve read the others then you’ll love this, if not you could actually start with this one as it would work well as a stand alone. I will advise though, have tissues near the end because I needed some! This is a efect read for any time of year, ideal for cosy times indoors in bad weather or lounging in the sunshine. It’s such a brilliant read and I would highly recommend it.
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. Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988
Breaking News – Coming Soon – Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Café
With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Café community. But as dark clouds begin to roll in, threatening more than one close relationship, will the wedding of the year take place at all?
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