Happy Monday afternoon/Tuesday!
Excited and delighted to share with you my review for this charming story! Thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the tour!📚
Liz Eeles has written a delectable story full of charm and whimsy. It was a lot of fun returning to the Cozy Kettle. Books and yummy delights, what more could you want? This is the second book in this sweet series, but it can absolutely be red as a standalone. In this book we do revisit characters from the first book and that was lots of fun, but you won’t be lost if you did not read that book. But why deny yourself? You can have a cherry tart and some strawberry cake. 😋
This book is about Flora and how she deals with the aftermath of catching her husband Malcolm in the arms of another woman. Flora is such a good person and Malcolm is such a slime (I did not like him in the first book). I definitely had no trouble rooting for her to kick him to the curb! That is not exactly what happens, but she does pack her bags and move herself to the charming village of Honeyford. Now that she is both working and living in this small village she forms a deeper connection with the community. Flora finds a place to live with Luna, her son Daniel and grandson Caleb. Luna was a great character a little magical, a little mystical, a little witchy. There is also a bit of a bookish Mystery involved, and that was fun! And I cannot forget the bake off, that was delicious! My only little complaint was the romance, I just didn’t necessarily feel it between Flora and Daniel. Not to mention Flora was a strong savvy woman and I don’t think she would get involved with another man so quickly. This is also just a personal preference for me I’d like to see a woman get back on her feet without the need of a man. Despite this I thought this was an absolutely charming read, the perfect book to add to your summer TBR.
*** thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
About the Book
The Cosy Kettle café is the perfect place to escape this summer, for fans of Cathy Bramley, Jenny Colgan and Debbie Johnson. Guests can tuck in to fruit puddings and strawberry-studded ice cream, but for Flora, the warm summer breeze is blowing in big changes…
When Flora finds out about her husband’s secret fling, she escapes to the one place she feels safe: her beloved café, The Cosy Kettle, in the charming village of Honeyford. Serving up cream teas to her café regulars is the perfect way to soothe her broken heart, and although she’s never lived in the area, the little community welcome her with open arms.
She’s soon lodging with local eccentric Luna in her remote and beautiful Starlight Cottage, snuggled between rolling green hills. Luna’s handsome son Daniel lost his wife several years ago, and as Flora gets to know him, sharing walks through the blossom-scented woods, they both slowly begin to heal… and she realises that behind Daniel’s quiet exterior, there’s a passionate nature that makes her forget all about her ex-husband.
As she settles into her new life, hosting a baking competition for the village’s summer celebration seems like a great idea… but with Daniel’s mysterious silences leading Flora to believe he’s hiding secrets, she can’t help but wonder if she can really trust him. And when the race to bake the perfect Victoria sponge stirs up old rivalries between locals, Flora starts to feel
like she’s bitten off more than she can chew.
About the Author
Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist.
Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result.
Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.
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