#BlogTour #Review : Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green. @rararesources @Rosie_Green1988

I am thrilled today to bring you a review of the lovely Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe. This is a follow on from Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe but can be read as a stand alone. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on this tour and sending me a copy of the book for review.  So, without further delay let me tell you what I thought of the book………..

 

Blurb:  Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

This novella is part of a trilogy:

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café

Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café

Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café

Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07C5CL9XF/

My Review:   I’m just going to dive right in here and say this is a lovely story. It can be read as a stand alone as I’ve already said though you do get a bit more depth of the friendship between Jaz, Fen and Ellie if you read the first book too.

For a short, easy read there is a lot of depth to the story. Jaz flees her home, not through choice but because she has to. She ends up in Sunnybrook where, after a bit of time to settle in and find her feet, she is doing quite well.  The village is lovely, it sounds like the typical English village with a village green and the addition of a duck pond. The story centres around the cafe, Brambleberry Manor, the duck pond and the place from which Jaz ran away, because sometimes it’s hard to escape somewhere than you think.

The story really comes to life, the characters are well-rounded and realistic and you find yourself wanting to be there with them, experiencing the highs and lows that they are going through. It’s a lovely, summery read and is ideal escapism if you want a few hours away from the realities of your own life. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the final book of the series to come out.

 


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. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

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#Review : My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts. @_caroroberts @HarperImpulse  

Today I have a review of a book that I bought for my own to-read pile. This is the first of Caroline Roberts books I’ve read but it certainly won’t be the last.

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Blurb: 

When a seaside escape spells a little romance . . .

Claire is ready for a bright new chapter. Winding her way to the coast for a cosy cottage retreat, she prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of the last year.

Claire’s a survivor – she’s growing proud of the scars that prove it – and she’s determined to make the most of each and every day, to seize those little magic moments that give life its sparkle.

Her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when handsome, brooding Ed turns up in the cottage next door. Will a little summer romance prove the worst distraction? Or might it be the perfect remedy?

Amazon UK link: here

 

My Summer of Magic Moments: Uplifting and romantic - the perfect, feel good holiday read! by [Roberts, Caroline]

 

My Review:  I bought this book after reading some reviews of it. It sounded lovely, light and summery and being set near Bamburgh (somewhere I’ve visited in the past) I couldn’t resist.  I decided to read it one Sunday when nothing else appealed. I liked the idea of being whisked away to the seaside, with sand and crashing waves and gorgeous views and that’s exactly what I got. The story moves at a pace of its own, almost like the tide ebbing and flowing.  I got lost in reading about baking bread, walking along the beach and enjoying the views. There are so many things we do these days to wind down or de-stress and reading this book did it for me. I spent a fabulous few hours on the sofa with tea, coffee and toast (and honey!) reading this and getting transported south to Bamburgh, Seahouses and the fabulous Northumberland coast.

While this is a lovely and light read there are serious issues discussed in the story as well as these are handled tactfully and with great sensitivity while not shying away from the seriousness of them.  Because of this they add to the story and your understanding of the characters rather than detracting from it or weighing it down in any way.

If you want something that will give you a change of scene without leaving home this book is ideal. It conjures up summer sunshine regardless of what time of year you read it.  I read this book in a day which is something I rarely manage at the moment but this one I just could not put down.  I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a temporary escape and/or someone who needs reminded of the little things in life because sometimes those really are the most important.  Whatever your reasons for reading this make sure you have tissues to hand, you may well need them, I know I did!

 

 

COVER REVEAL: There’s Something About Cornwall by Daisy James.

I am thrilled to be involved in the cover reveal for another Daisy James’ new book.  From the synopsis it sounds like the book will be a lot of fun to read and if that’s not enough, look at this cover! How bright and summery is this!?!!  A perfect counter to the grey skies and gloomy weather we’re having just now……

 

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Synopsis:   A knight in a shining camper van!

Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the Cornish coast…

Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor Matt Ashby.

Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy-tale dreams come true?

 

There’s Something About Cornwall is published on 8th March and can be pre-ordered here.  Also you can check out this and Daisy’s other books here.