I would like to start by saying a MASSIVE congratulations to the very talented Tilly Tennant as today is her publication day! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ is available for you to get your hands on, as of RIGHT NOW! Links are above!
I am absolutely thrilled to have a little bit of Tilly Tennant on TWG, yet again. Think I need to get Tilly her own special seat here at TWG as I’m sure this won’t be the last time she’s spotted here either!
Here is my book review of ‘The Little Village Bakery’, I hope you enjoy!
‘Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery.
Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.
Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.
But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.’
Wow, where to start with this one! Thank you to Bookouture, Netgalley and Tilly for the ARC! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ was not what I expected at all. Straight away you’re met with hints of a characters hidden past that remains secretive throughout, mostly. If you’re a curious devil like me, just that alone will keep the book in your hands. Millie wants a fresh start, but she seems to have jumped in feet first without thinking. As quickly as she jumped, the regrets start to surface which leaves Millie at a standstill. What on Earth should she do? Unfortunately for her, a certain person comes knocking with only one thing on their mind, but will it make Millie’s decision for her?
The cover captured my attention with this book big time, its vibrant, colourful, and has cake. Win win really isn’t it? 😉 I thought ‘The Little Village Bakery’ highlighted the fact that you shouldn’t judge things by the way that they look, or come across, without getting to know them first.
I found the book to be split in half in terms of happy and bubbly characters, and characters that weren’t all that they seemed. I thought that was a clever way of mixing up the storyline as not only is the story faced with trying to work out certain characters, but it also had added hilarity at the same time. It’s like a cushion after the gasp so to speak. I’m the sort of person that has a rather expressive face. If I’m confused or any other emotion, it is written ALL over my face, half the time I don’t realise, so when it came to reading this book, I am very glad I was reading it alone. Why? Because there were a few times that I was sitting with a furrowed brow going ‘what the’ ‘are you serious’ no way!’ and yes, it was out loud! For me, if a storyline can make me do that, as well as laugh out loud, then it’s an incredibly good sign. Tilly Tennant has written yet another captivating book that will make you feel like you’re part of the story, extremely involved.
Not only does Tilly manage to captivate the reader, she has also managed to incorporate certain situations into the story with extreme delicacy. That is a talent in itself. As always, there may be a character or two that can take a while to warm up to. Not in a negative way, but sometimes characters do things that could leave you thinking ‘you’re a donut’. ‘The Little Village Bakery’ is no different. There are many characters which have very complex personalities in the story and it makes for excellent reading. To be honest, the whole book makes an excellent read.
I said at the start of the review that the book wasn’t what I expected, and I still stand by that. It’s not a book about cakes, nor does Mary Berry appear in the bakery to bake a cake or two. What it is though, is a book about truth, forgiveness and finding yourself. Obviously there may be the odd cake involved, it is a bakery after all! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ left me hungry for more, luckily for us, it’s only the first book in the series and I cannot wait to see what happens next! A comforting and mesmerising read from start to finish.