chick-lit · contemporary · romance

*BLOG TOUR* A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green ★★★★

Blurb; Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

My Review; Ooops… So it seems I came into this series a little bit late as this is book five… Ot Oh. However, it did read perfectly fine as a standalone.

I absolutely loved this. Perfect town, characters, friendships and a little bit of romance. It is a beautifully written story. I throughally enjoyed it. It was like a little holiday for my mind. Being a short story it was lovely to sit and devour it. It’s one of those books you feel welcomed and part of the community, special.

I loved all the characters even Maddison towards the end, at first she did get on my nerves a little but she seemed to changed. The ending was utterly perfect! I was beside each of the characters and was with them through all their own choas and upset. I look forward to the next book in this series and going back to where it all began in book one. A well deserved four stars from me, highly recommend.

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contemporary · Young adult

The Rosie Result – Graeme Simsion ★★★★

Blurb; I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began…

Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.

Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.

For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.

It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.

And opening a cocktail bar.

My Review; I absolutely loved this story. It is very thought provoking and I learnt a lot specifically about autism. I love this whole family (Rosie, Hudson and Don), Hudson is such a sweet little boy he had my heart.

It is a beautifully written story. Towards the end of the book there is a part that nearly had me bawling my eyes out, Hudsons speech. Book three in the series, but is this the end? Maybe, as it wraps up it all up at the end pretty well no cliffhanger but we will have to wait and see. Parts had me laughing… An uplifting, inspiring story. I enjoyed every minute of it.

I awarded a well deserved four stars and highly recommend. A brilliant read. Eye opener. Page turner. Full of facts. Hard to forget.

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chick-lit · contemporary

The Lido – Libby Page ★★★★★

Blurb; Kate is a twenty-six-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she’s assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an eighty-six-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child. It was here Rosemary fell in love with her husband, George; here that she’s found communion during her marriage and since George’s death. The lido has been a cornerstone in nearly every part of Rosemary’s life.

But when a local developer attempts to buy the lido for a posh new apartment complex, Rosemary’s fond memories and sense of community are under threat.

As Kate dives deeper into the lido’s history—with the help of a charming photographer—she pieces together a portrait of the pool, and a portrait of a singular woman, Rosemary. What begins as a simple local interest story for Kate soon blossoms into a beautiful friendship that provides sustenance to both women as they galvanize the community to fight the lido’s closure. Meanwhile, Rosemary slowly, finally, begins to open up to Kate, transforming them both in ways they never knew possible.

My Review; There are not enough words to describe this story, but here’s a few; uplifting, comforting, friendship, community, beautiful, joyful, kind, tender, charming and a feel good novel. That should be enough right?

I had my head in this book and didn’t want to leave it or put it down. I was a part of that community with them the whole time, I was their friend and welcomed. I truelly devoured this story and sad that I finished it. It is a stunning debut. A must read if you haven’t already. One you won’t forget.

I loved the whole community within the book. The friendships, the bonds, the stories they tell and lastly how they always stuck together and fought together till the end. My heart was with them the whole time. A beautiful lot of characters, especially Kate and Rosemary they had such a cute and amazing unexpected relationship. I think they both needed each other to be honest. I loved them all.

Beautifully written. I cannot recommend this story enough. A must buy. A well deserved five stars from me and it’s got to have a place in my top twenty of the year. Beautiful. Amazing. Outstanding. Absolutely loved every minute of it.

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