“Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.
But is running away from your past ever really the answer?
Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.
Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?”
I knew I was going to enjoy this cute little novella as soon as the author started talking about knickers when we had got no further than the beginning of Chapter Two. I can easily get on board with a writer who isn’t afraid to shoehorn wet undies into a book early on for the sake of laughs!
Humour was one of the strongest thread running through this story, along with romance and friendship, so it was an easy book to take to quickly. You are going to get exactly what you expect from the cover – a sweet, happy story set in a cute village with added ducks. What’s not to like? What you will also be getting are some real family issues, well-formed characters and a healthy dose of the warm fuzzies, so this is the perfect read when you are wanting a mood-lifting book. It’s also short so you can get your happiness hit quickly if you are pushed for time.
Because it is only a short novella, a lot happens very quickly so there isn’t much time for the reader to draw breath or for the characters to spend navel-gazing. Problems arise and get resolved very quickly out of necessity and you might find that you are questioning whether things can honestly happen that quickly in real life – fast friendships and romances formed, heartbreak forgotten and new jobs and homes found. Don’t bother, of course they can’t, but who cares? This isn’t real life, it’s pure escapism and all the better for it. That is exactly what you are looking for in this type of book.
This is a speedy and satisfying read for an idle ninety minutes when you are looking for an undemanding distraction. It’s a little ray of sunshine on your Kindle, with enough going on to be satisfying. I’m looking forward to reading the next one.
Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe is out now and you can buy a copy here. I will be reviewing Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe on the blog on Saturday as part of Rosie’s blog tour so check back then!
About the Author
Rosie Green 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 brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.
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