Today I’m thrilled to be involved in the blog tour for the latest book featuring those from the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Cornish seaside town of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice-cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even have a go themselves). But when they arrive, the girls find it’s not quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house.’
Gracie, who runs the ice-cream parlour, has problems of her own and the last thing she needs is a bunch of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she craves. And when a handsome stranger looks set to destroy her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Will Gracie get her happy ending – and maybe even make friends with the girls next-door? This wasn’t the relaxing break the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be the holiday of a lifetime!
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My Review: I’ve been a fan of this series since the beginning and with this story being set away from Sunnybrook where the previous one’s were set, it refreshes the series. Not to suggest there is anything wrong with the previous books, there isn’t, but it’s good with series to make changes and avoid things stagnating.
This story being set in Cornwall and with the Little Duck Pond Cafe group on holiday, changes the dynamic of the story completely. We see the group adjust to a holiday quite different from what they expected and we see the impact they have on their new, unsuspecting, neighbour Gracie, who just wants to be left alone.
Although the setting and story are quite different from the previous one’s, ie no cafe, etc to deal with, the spirit of the story itself hasn’t changed. It’s still a story of friends, misunderstandings, adventures and realisations. It’s a fabulous read, slightly scary in places so have a cushion to hide behind! It is great to meet familiar characters again and some new ones. Because of the change of setting this can definitely be read as a stand alone. It’s an ideal summer read, especially if you want some escapism when we are still mostly staying at home.
About the author:
Rosie 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.
Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.
Rosie is currently writing a full-length book, ‘Lucy’s Great Cornish Escape’, which – in a fun twist – will feature favourite characters from the Little Duck Pond Café series.
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