I’m delighted to be reviewing another book in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. If you’re interested in any of the previous books you’ll find reviews of them on the blog, just search Duck Pond Cafe series.
Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me and sending me a copy of the book to review.
After a cruel twist of fate sends her hurtling into a black hole of despair, Carrie is absolutely dreading the festive season – especially with sister, Krystle, being even more demanding of her time and energy than usual. But then friend Maddy offers Carrie a lifeline: the chance to get away from it all in a holiday cottage in the gorgeous little village of Silverbells. Deciding that a few weeks of tranquillity – reading, baking and going for long walks in the countryside – might just restore her mood, Carrie is quick to take up the offer. But on arriving, it very soon becomes clear that this break is going to be anything but peaceful!
An unwelcome houseguest proves unsettling enough – especially one who whistles loudly first thing in the morning and is far too cheerful for his own good – but finding herself drawn into the spooky mystery of her missing neighbour means there really isn’t much time for personal reflection. And then love comes knocking, and Carrie is forced to decide exactly where her heart lies.
Will this festive season be the disaster Carrie predicted? Or will Santa be good to her and deliver her heart’s desire? One thing’s for sure – this will be a Christmas Carrie will never, ever forget…
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The Review: Although this is a Little Duck Pond Cafe book it’s one of the ones that focus on a different character and, in this case, spends most of the time away from the cafe and the village. Don’t let that detract though, these books are a good as the others and provide a nice change of scene that keeps the series feeling fresh.
In this case we follow Carrie, who works at the Brambleberry Manor Cafe and has booked December off work as she’s in need of a break. As the blurb says though, something happens at the beginning of that time off that leaves her dreading the festive season so when she gets offered the use of a cottage by Maddy she jumps at the chance.
I like Carrie and only was good to see her doing things on her own while she was away. Although I did wonder how much of a break she was really getting with her sister messaging what felt like every five minutes. There’s a good cast of characters in here, Carrie and her sister, Adam who works next door to the cafe, and a few people we meet in the village of Silver bells. Each of them prompted different reactions in me and I have to say I’m not a huge fan of Adam, he’s really not impressed me at all. Happily the other characters are better, or improve with time. There were a few times I despaired at Carrie, but I can also understand how tricky it is to know what the best thing to do is and it was definitely a tricky mix of decisions for her.
This is a lovely Christmas story, with the ideal mixture of characters and tons of snow, so much that I was jealous. There’s a few smaller stories running through the whole book and all, even the trickier ones, were handled well. This would be an ideal book to read, with a drink on a cold winter day, just make sure you have cake because you’ll be wanting it after reading this.
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 Little Duck Pond Cafe.
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