Second blog tour of the day is for ‘A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ by Rosie Green. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:
Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy –until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?
What does TWG think?
How are we on the 5th book in the series already?! The absolute beauty of these books is that each one can be read perfectly well as a standalone. Now, whilst that is good if you want to read the books out of order, as they’re all utterly brilliant, I wholeheartedly suggest that you binge read the other books anyway. You know, just because you can!
Katja, thanks to her unusual name, hasn’t had it easy. For many years she has been at the brunt of people’s idiocy, thus feeling as though she has to hide her true self from other people due to fear. Just like she does when she goes for a job in Sunnybrook. Instead of introducing herself as Katja, she fills out her application form with the name ‘Kate Baker’. Apt for the job, I won’t lie, but it was such a shame that she felt as though she had no other option but to hide her true heritage.
As someone with an unusual name (Kaisha, for those who aren’t aware), I have wished, at times, that I had a name that wouldn’t constantly get mispronounced. Or a name that would be more fitting to the country I live in (I have an Indian name). However, the older I get, the more I refuse to shy away from my name. Yes, it still aggravates me when it gets mispronounced, even when you’ve corrected someone on how to say it, and yes, it does irk me when I gets misspelt, especially online because it’s right in front of people. Sorry, I have gone off on a bit of a tangent here, but I just wanted to explain how I could see where Katja was coming from and how it affected me.
Anyway, back to the book. Katja wasn’t the only new addition to the bakery, she had a new flatmate called Madison. I’m sorry to say that I absolutely detested that character. I don’t get why, when things get a little heated near the end of the book, Madison’s revelation goes unnoticed and Katja is the one feeling as though she is in the wrong? Madison is a sneaky, sneaky devil. I don’t care whether she turned out ‘fine’. Nobody should treat others like the way she did, even if she felt as though she was doing it for Katja’s own benefit. No.
Maisie, once again, stole the show, and so did Little Maisie. I just wanted to scoop up that little girl and give her a big hug as it was obvious that she was struggling with things. I could not stop the grin from appearing on my face when Little Maisie made herself known…again. What a beautiful, beautiful piece of writing that was. Between you and me, my eyes may have stung just a teeny bit….
I love how wholesome Rosie Green’s storytelling is, and the way that she brings her characters and their lives to life in such a humorous yet relatable way. Sunnybrook is a place that I can get lost in time and time again – keep the books coming is what I say!!
‘A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ isn’t just a tale about tantalising treats and fractured relationships, it’s also a tale about mistaken identity and learning to love yourself despite the differences. It’s about being true to yourself and taking that time to appreciate your own unique traits. Most importantly, it’s about living life in the way that is true to your own beliefs, and not because you’re living it due to guilt and the past.
A tender, emotive read – can I have a hug? Not from Madison though, obvs….
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.Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series.
Breaking News -Coming Soon –Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Café
With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Café community. But as dark clouds begin to roll in, threatening more than one close relationship, will the wedding of the year take place at all?
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