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Lucy’s Great Escape (Little Duck Pond Cafe) Rosie Green 4* #Review @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #RachelsRandomResources #RomCom #Loss #Cornwall #rural #Friendship #BlogTour #BookReview #LucysGreatEscape #LittleDuckPondCafe

Lucy never wanted to abandon her friends and family, and travel to the other side of the country to start a new life. And all without telling anyone where she was going. But these are desperate times. And finding herself with a nightmare of a dilemma, fleeing her home town seems like the only way she can protect herself and those she loves.

The Cornish town of Pengully Sands holds happy childhood memories for Lucy and seems the perfect place to escape to, although having little money and no friends, life at first seems grim.

But a chance meeting with Madison and the rest of the Little Duck Pond Café girls, plus a decidedly attractive local guy who won’t take no for an answer, gives Lucy a glimmer of hope for the future. Could she really settle in Pengully Sands and make a living by selling her watercolours?

But just as life is starting to look a little rosier, it becomes clear that someone back home – the last person she ever wanted to see – has tracked her down…

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

My second book read in this eleven book series is poignant but ultimately uplifting. This is more about reality than escapism, as the reader, learns about Lucy and why she needed to escape. This story explores the best and worst of people. Cruel mind games and manipulation at one end of the spectrum countered thankfully by selfless support at the other.

This story concentrates on Lucy met briefly in the previous book and how she met Madison, why she’s in Cornwall, and what happens to her. Serious issues are well-written and the reader’s empathy with Lucy a given. Despite the darker, more serious tone of the story, it is an angsty but enjoyable read with a satisfying ending.

I’m hooked on this now and need to read the books I’ve missed.

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.

Rosie’s Little Duck Pond Cafe series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story.

The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now. Watch out for further tales of the Little Duck Pond Cafe, including the delicious ‘Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake’, which will be published in autumn 2020.

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Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry Caroline Roberts 5*#Review @_caroroberts @0neMoreChapter_ @fictionpubteam #BlogTour #BookReview #Northumberland #Romance #FamilyDrama #Wedding #guestpost #Friendship #SummeratRachelsPuddingPantry

The Pudding Pantry opens its doors for summer.And there are wedding bells on the horizon . . .

The sun is shining as Rachel and her gorgeous beau, Tom, prepare to tie the knot at Primrose Farm.

It takes a village to pull off the perfect country wedding and Rachel couldn’t be more grateful for her friends and family as they roll out the haybales and string up the bunting – all she needs to do is focus on her Happy Ever After.

But no wedding is without drama. A face from the past is looking to stir up trouble in the village and there’s a secret following Rachel all the way up the aisle . . .

With old friends, new promises and a little borrowed time, will Rachel get the wedding of her dreams?

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I received a copy of this book from One More Chapter – Harper Collins UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Northumberland is one of my favourite places, and this series captures the essence of it. The third book in the popular Pudding Pantry series, it combines adversity, community spirit and romance in a heartwarming and uplifting way.

Rachel is off on her hen weekend before her Summer wedding to neighbouring farmer Tom. Their romance fraught with difficulties had a slow start, but love grew, and now they deserve their happy ever after. This story features a charmingly authentic cast of characters who want Rachel’s day to be memorable. Like all weddings, it’s full of dramas, and last-minute nerves, some caused by external interference others a result of an internal struggle.

This engaging story captures the lead up to the wedding in a relatable way. The reader empathises with Rachel as she appreciates the importance of family, friends and the power of love.

This is a family-orientated story with a sense of place that makes it a perfect escapist read.

Guest Post – Reading, Writing and Lockdown Life – Caroline Roberts

I am mindful that lockdown has been a very difficult time for many during this pandemic, but personally it has given me the gift of more time and a slower pace of life. For as well as doing my writing and family commitments, I normally help at our business in Northumberland for a couple of days a week. So, reading has been a real solace. Here’s a few of my most memorable lockdown reads: 

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Jo-Jo Moyes ‘The Giver of Stars’ was a fabulous read. The female characters are so wonderfully drawn – the horseback librarians and their often-difficult lives in Kentucky, America, in the 1930s. I found it fascinating and could easily picture the dramatic scenery and the small-town setting. I love all of Jo-Jo Moyes’ books; they are so varied, and she’s such a great storyteller. 

Jenny Colgan’s ‘Endless Beach’ had an array of warm and interesting characters, and I loved visiting the Scottish island of Mure. I also really enjoyed the disturbing yet moving, Christy Lefteri’s ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’, ‘A Hundred Pieces of Me’ by Lucy Dillon which explores our relationships and what’s important in life. And, ‘The Tattoist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris – powerful, sensitively-written and so humbling. 

I’ve always loved reading and I studied English Literature at university. As a child, I loved ‘Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat’, and C S Lewis’s ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ – books that take you on adventures into new worlds. As a teenager I was captivated by the dark, brooding landscape and romance of ‘Wuthering Heights’.

Other longstanding favourite authors of mine are David Nicholls with ‘One Day’ and ‘Us’, Audrey Niffenegger’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’, Khaled Hosseini – ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, and ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks. I also enjoy heartwarming cosy books like Debbie Johnson’s ‘The Comfort Food Café’ series and Milly Johnson’s novels which have such humour, warmth and fabulous characters. There are so many great books of course, I could list so many more that have captured my heart and mind.

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During lockdown, I’ve been taking lovely long walks with my husband and our cocker spaniel Jarvis, through the most beautiful Northumberland countryside. Our village is surrounded by farmland with views to nearby moorland which inspire the setting for the Rachel’s Pudding Pantry series. I have also been busy with the final stages of edits for my new book, Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’. It’s set on a farm in the beautiful foothills of the Cheviots, and is a heart-warming read filled with family, friendship, love and lots of gorgeous cakes and bakes. 

Reading (and writing) can take us on all kinds of journeys; factual, fictional, dramatic, humorous, sad, joyous, peaceful. It can and often does reflect our lives, and allows us to feel connected. Right now, in these uncertain times when we are living through with the Covid pandemic, I’ve enjoyed retreating with a book. I’ve also had several readers contact me to say how much they have loved escaping to ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ during this time, so I’m really looking forward to welcoming readers back once again.

Thank you so much for having me here, Jane.