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