Delighted to be on the blog tour today for the second book in Rosie Green’s trilogy of books sent in Sunnybrook, Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe. You can find my review of the first book, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe here. Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and to Rosie for accepting me on to the tour and for my copy of the book.
“Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.
Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.
But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.
Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?”
We’re back in Sunnybrook today for the second part of Rosie Green’s trilogy set in the village, and the focus has moved on to Jaz Winters as the central character of this book. If you have read part one, you will remember Jaz as the slightly prickly girl who ran the local Zumba class, and she wasn’t one of my favourite characters in the first book so I was intrigued to see how the author was going to persuade me to warm to her enough for her to carry the success of book two on her shoulders.
Well, she managed it by taking us back to the beginning of Jaz’s story and a terrible event that befalls her in Christmas Eve. I don’t want to give away any of the plot but I was rendered speechless by the way in which she was treated by someone very close to her, and from that point on I was firmly on her side and very willing to overlook her sometimes defensive behaviour as completely understandable in the circumstances.
Again, Rosie has managed to cram a lot of action into a compact novella and I warmed to this one even more than the first. This may be partly due to some familiar characters making a welcome reappearance, namely Ellie and Fen from book one, who have become firm friends with Jaz now, despite the fact they know she is holding back from them. There were a number of new characters to enjoy as well, my favourite being Fen’s mother, the formidable Lady Redpath, who I firmly believe I would turn into if I were given a stately home to run. I absolutely loved her and had such a clear mental picture of her – I could actually hear her voice in my head when she was speaking (rather booming, if you’d like to know!)
I particularly enjoyed the scenes set in Brambleberry Manor and again without giving anything away, if you are a fan of Jane Austen you will enjoy this book and the author’s homage to the great lady. There are some real laugh out loud moments in this book, as well as some very serious ones – it was a good balance that took my emotions on an appealing ride and kept me interested until the end.
There is also another hunky love interest to swoon over, although I found him less compelling as a leading man than Zak in book one. However, I personally felt the romance was more of a secondary issue in this book, rather than being the central theme. For me, what stood out was the exploration of family relationships, and whether blood really matters when it comes to forming strong bonds, the importance of friendship and finding where you really belong. On these points, it packed a big punch for a short book and was another winner. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens in book three (I have my fingers crossed for Fen!)
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe is out now and you can buy a copy here. The final part of the trilogy, Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe will be released on 3 September and you can pre-order it here.
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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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