Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on another Little Duck Pond Cafe book blog tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
I’ve read and reviewed most of the previous books in this series so am always excited to hear about another book coming out and this one was no exception. As usual book info and review are below.
Ellie’s brand new enterprise, the True Loaf Bakery, is finally open and classes are due to start. But when Katja’s ski-ing holiday ends in disaster, a new teacher must be found very quickly. Anita is up for the challenge, but – fresh from a break-up and an operation that’s left her feeling physically and emotionally vulnerable – the last thing she’s looking for when she moves to Sunnybrook is a new relationship. So it’s Sod’s law that she should find herself with not one but two guys vying for her attention. Sven, from Denmark, is a bit of an enigma – but maybe passion lurks beneath his cool reserve? And as for twenty-five-year-old football coach Ross – surely she’d be asking for trouble getting involved with a gorgeous man a decade her junior? (Although her football-mad son Rufus seems to love him.)
Moving in with Bertha proves a real comfort – but can Anita get to the bottom of what’s troubling the older woman?
Anita’s job at the True Loaf Bakery is only temporary, but she finds herself drawn ever deeper into life in the village – especially when she finds a child’s bracelet from long ago, in the rubble of the newly-renovated building. Solving the mystery of who it belongs to takes Anita on a journey of discovery – a journey that might just help her discover what her own heart really needs…
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The Review: We return to Sunnybrook and the characters in the Little Duck Pond Cafe, but this is one of the books in the series that concentrates on a character outside of the regular group. This time we meet Anita who is dealing with a few changes in her life, and trying to manage a new job as well as looking after her son, Rufus.
Anita has quite a few new changes and realities to deal with and it was good to see how she did it. It was nice to see that she didn’t just decide and that was it but was unsure about a lot of it, which is far more realistic and made her struggles seem more real. Despite everything with Anita and also Bertha’s struggles too, there’s a lot of light and laughter in the story as there usually is in this series and this helps lift it.
There’s also, unsurprisingly, a lot about bread and baking and those scenes provided a nice contrast to the rest of them. It was lovely to see Anita working with Tara, who has her own problems. Sourdough also becomes a running theme and has even got me considering trying to make it, not something a book usually manages.
As with the others in this series this is a lovely story, we get brilliant character development and serious issues being dealt with in a sensitive way that also means they don’t weigh the story down. If you’ve read previous books and enjoyed them then you’ll enjoy this one too. If you’re new to the series this isn’t a bad one to start on, because it focuses on Anita more than the Duck Pond Cafe itself, you aren’t needing to have read previous books in the series to be able to follow this one.
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.
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