Having fallen in love with the first book in this series, ‘The Second Chance Tea Shop’ when it was released last year (and it making my #TopBooksof2017 list), I couldn’t WAIT to get stuck into Fay Keenan’s latest novel. I have the honour of kicking off the blog tour for ‘Springtime at the Cider Kitchen’ today – huge thanks to Melanie from Aria Fiction for the ARC of the novel, AND for asking me to kick start the tour. Such a pleasure! I hope you enjoy reading my review as much as I enjoyed reading this book.
Caroline Hemingway can’t help but feel a little strange watching her ex sister-in-law marrying the owner of Carter’s Cider Farm, but she’s delighted Anna’s found happiness after the death of her late husband, and Caroline’s brother, James. If only Caroline could find her own love story…
Desperate to escape the rat race, Caroline decides to take the plunge and move to the idyllic village of Little Somerby, where she is given the task of opening and running a restaurant in one of the forgotten barns on the Cider Farm.
Opening and running The Cider Kitchen is no easy task, and there are many challenges on the way, but slowly Caroline feels she’s being accepted into the local community, and starts to believe she may have found her forever home. But secrets from her past seem destined to haunt her, and not even the attentions of the very dishy Jonathan Carter can distract her from all she’s left behind…
What does TWG think?
Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got…..
Oops, sorry…wrong thing.
Do not be fooled by the colourful and refreshing book cover. If you’re looking at it now thinking that the storyline is just going to be ‘yet another love story’ or ‘predictable’, then you will be one hundred percent wrong. Well, I think you would be anyway.
I did something I don’t usually do before reading a new book, and that was read some of the reviews on Goodreads. At first it wasn’t intentional, but, seeing as I was on there anyway to put the book as my ‘currently reading’, I couldn’t help but notice what the average rating was sitting at. Before anyone says anything, I know – everyone is entitled to their opinion, but, thinking about some of those reviews AFTER I had finished read it, I couldn’t help but wonder if I had actually read the same book as them because I certainly didn’t think it was low!
There is a lot more to ‘Springtime at the Cider Kitchen’ that meets the eye! The storyline isn’t all fluffy and predictable. It’s more intense, addictive and unbelievably heart-warming. I used to think that ‘knights in shining armour’ were for fairy tales, especially as I have always expected mine to turn up in Tesco basics tinfoil! However, after the whole ‘knight’ situation was brought to my attention in this book, I had to cross my fingers that knights were as amazing as the one which Fay Keenan crafted. Only time will tell!
As I’m sure you have worked it out by now, there is a cider theme throughout the book. If you know (or are a fan of) cider, you’ll love the attention to detail which comes with the cider territory in this book. If, like me, you can’t stand cider and think that the only thing apples should be made into is a pie, do not fret – you don’t have to be a cider connoisseur to appreciate the characters and their lifestyles. Hell, Caroline has enough of her own dramas to steer you away from thinking about cider!
I really enjoyed the rollercoaster ride which the author took me on from start to finish. The levels of emotion pouring out multiple characters were incredibly well thought out, raw, and very, very intense. It was those moments during the book where I felt the storyline come alive. I don’t think I will be forgetting Caroline or her situation in a hurry, that’s for sure.
A gritty, heart-warming, and memorable book from the delightful, Fay Keenan. ‘Springtime at the Cider Kitchen’ left me with a smile on my face and hope in my heart – you can’t really ask for more than that from a book, now can you? A truly wonderful addition to the ‘Little Somerby’ series.
‘Springtime at the Cider Kitchen’ is available to buy now in e-book from Amazon.