Today I’m taking part in a blog tour for another book in the Duck Pond Cafe series. However this one is a little different in that it’s also the first of three consecutive stories featuring Clara and I will also be reviewing the second and third in November and December, respectively. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on these tours and sending me copies of the books to review.
When Clara Bowes transforms a wilderness of a garden, she isn’t expecting to reconnect with someone special from her past at the same time. Having Rory Angel in her life again is a dream come true. But life is never straight forward – especially in matters of the heart – and soon, a devastating revelation looks set to bring Clara’s hopes for the future crashing down around her. Will she find the strength to reach for her dreams?
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The Review: I love the Little Duck Pond Cafe series so every time a tour opportunity comes up for a new book, I take it. As I’ve said this one is different as it’s the first of three featuring Clara. And, in this first book the Duck Pond Cafe isn’t featured much, it’s more Clara’s home and the garden she’s working on that are the focus in this story.
I enjoyed this story, which isn’t really a surprise, but at times I found Clara quite annoying. Clara has a lot to deal with and I can understand why she feels as she does, but at times I did get frustrated with her. However, given how the story was going when this instalment ended I have hope that I will be less frustrated with her in the following novellas. Anyway, now that I’ve covered that, I feel I should point out that I did actually like Clara (most of the time). She’s a kind, generous person who puts others first and who deserves to have her dreams come true.
Clara aside, there were other good characters in the story but the stand out one has to be Bertie, Clara’s younger brother. He’s had a tough time over the past few years but is such a joy to read and I hope he gets what he deserves in the later stories.The focus in this story was the characters but, there was a secondary focus sneaking in which (not surprisingly) was cake. Clara makes the most delicious sounding cakes I was honestly hoping for recipes so I could try some for myself, since home delivery is clearly not an option.
Between the garden, cakes, Bertie, and some of the other characters this was a warm, cosy story. I enjoyed meeting the new additions to Sunnybrook. This is a story that left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘A Winter Wish’, published in October, the second book in a heart-warming trilogy centred around peacemaker Clara, who’s having to cope with the demands of her slightly dysfunctional family while searching for her own happy-ever-after . . .
The third book in the trilogy is ‘Clara’s Christmas Magic’, out in November 2022.
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