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