Mackenzie Morris, newest recruit at the Little Duck Pond Café, is the perfect addition to the team.
But beneath her smiles, Kenzie is hiding a dark secret. It’s the reason she fled to Sunnybrook, desperate for a fresh start that would help to lay the ghosts that haunt her.
The challenge of turning her hobby into a business is a welcome distraction, and to her relief, she finds that her range of quirky pottery mugs and vases appears to be in demand. Alone and scared when she arrived, she’s slowly making friends and starting to feel as if she belongs. Meeting a lovely guy called Aidan seems to confirm this and it looks as if love might be on the horizon.
But then Kenzie makes a devastating discovery that threatens to crush her newfound happiness. Aidan is the one person she yearns to confide in. He’s also the one person who can never know the truth . . .
I received a copy of this book from the author.
Kenzie is a new staff member at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and a potter. She hopes to develop her hobby into an artisan business in Sunnybrook, but from the beginning, the reader learns that Kenzie has dark elements in her past. She is a good character and has an emotional backstory full of drama before coming to Sunnybrook. Meeting Aidan by chance gives her a positive focus.
I like the empathetic way the author deals with the domestic noir elements of this story. It makes you think, what would I do? Kenzie’s emotional journey is conflicted but ultimately rewarding, making this a heartwarming and thought-provoking read.
Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Look out for ‘Sun, Sea & Strawberry Shortcake’, a sunshine-filled drama full of fun and mystery, out in June 2022 and including the return of character favourites, Ruby and Hudson.