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Thursday, 21 May 2020

#BlogTour A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green #bookreview @rararesources



A huge pleasure to be here today as part of the Blog Tour for the wonderful A CORNISH SUMMER HOLIDAY AT THE LITTLE DUCK POND CAFE by ROSIE GREEN.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!!



A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Café

The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Cornish seaside town of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice-cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even have a go themselves). But when they arrive, the girls find it’s not quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house.’ 

Gracie, who runs the ice-cream parlour, has problems of her own and the last thing she needs is a bunch of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she craves. And when a handsome stranger looks set to destroy her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Will Gracie get her happy ending - and maybe even make friends with the girls next-door? This wasn’t the relaxing break the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be the holiday of a lifetime!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Rosie 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.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe', is out now.

Rosie is currently writing a full-length book, ‘Lucy’s Great Cornish Escape’, which – in a fun twist – will feature favourite characters from the Little Duck Pond Café series.

Follow Rosie on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988


MY REVIEW

And so we meet again!! The Little Duck Pond Girls are back in my life once more, albeit playing a slightly lesser role in this book, as they venture away from the Duck Pond Cafe and introduce us to Pengully Sands in Cornwall and some new characters and it's blooming wonderful to be back amongst old friends - I can't actually believe this is the 10th 'visit' to the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. It still feels as fresh as book 1, and has progressed so much in the topics and genres it covers..... 

This is a story told from 2 points of view - from the viewpoint of The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls as they embark on a girls holiday to Cornwall, and a new voice on the block, that of Gracie who has returned to Pengully Sands to run Beachside Ices. It's a place that she has very fond memories of but the customers are dwindling and she finds herself living life a little aimlessly and wondering what is next for her - other than baking (and eating!) more cakes which is where she finds comfort.

I love the mix of characters that the author puts together - each has their own story to tell and are given time to express themselves and support one another.  In Gracie, we have a character who we can see is having trouble moving on and finding it difficult to find herself and focus on the future, and with the help of her new, albeit temporary, next door neighbours she begins to see a chink of light and trying to find a way forward for her and  way to let go of the past. And to stop hiding away and embrace the company and help of others who want to do what they can for her.

Add to the mix some ghostly goings on, mysteries from the past revealed by an old diary, a renovation project and some soul searching and you've got a pretty  perfect package of a story within the pages of this book! Love Love Love!!  I can't wait for the next installment!!

★★★★★


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