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Monday, 9 July 2018

#BlogTour Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Greene #BookReview


A huge delight for me today to be able to share my thoughts and love for this fantastic book, so my thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!

Here's some more information about the book for you all to enjoy!


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 


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. 


MY REVIEW


This is the 2nd in the series of 3 short stories that centres around the lives of those around the Little Duck Pond Cafe - if you haven't read the first Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe - then worry not as this can be read as a standalone, but I have to say my enjoyment of this was increased by having read the first as it was just so wonderful to reconnect with the characters we were introduced to in that book.  

This story features Jaz and her story of how she came to work at the cafe, and it isn't a pleasant story as she's had to leave those she loved behind so it's very easy to connect with her as a character as she's so torn about her decision. She knows it was the right thing to do, but the past won't let her go so she's looking for a way to make things right on that front too.

Her life with Grant and his 8 year old daughter was far from perfect, but she'd built up a huge bond with Titch so it was such a wrench when she had to leave especially as Grant was not in a great state of mind due to his addictions.  But Jaz knew she made the right decision and is doing her best to make a new life for herself in Sunnybrook.

It was so nice to see the story of the cafe from another perspective and she is embraced into the community really quickly and that helps her settle in, despite missing Titch terribly.  She also begins to form a very cute friendship with Harry, a local photographer, who is such a cheeky chappy and is always around to tease Jaz when she keeps refusing to have her photo taken at various community events.  

I really enjoyed the mix of the funny and more serious issues that this book features.  It is difficult to get that mix right, but the author managed it in a clever way and added a touch of realism by trying to deal with issues that face many people each day.  In Jaz she has a great character who isn't afraid of hard work and of making tough decisions.

Really loved my time in Sunnybrook and I can't wait for the next installment!!

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