I’m back in Sunnybrook today and it is Christmas! If you have been following the blog, you will remember our previous visits for Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe, so I’m eager to see what is going on there at the turn of the year. my thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour and to the author for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
“Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league.
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?”
I just adore the cover of this book – so cute!
As I had hoped, the star of this book is the final member of the friendly triumvirate, Fen. It seems appropriate that she has been a little over-looked until now as she is the shyest and quietest of the three girls. always holding herself back and living vicariously through her romance novels (who here can’t relate to that scenario?) But things are about to change because Fen is falling for a man, and she is going to have to embolden herself to get him.
This story is just as delightful as the other three, and I got into the story very quickly, largely as I was already familiar with the characters and ready to find out what was happening with them. The answer is, nothing great as far as Ellie and Jaz are concerned, but this is Fen’s story and I was really eager for good things to happen for her.
Fen’s story was the one of the three that I was most easily able to relate to because it was quite simple and that made it seem very real and plausible. There is nothing hugely dramatic about it, this is a story that happened daily to women everywhere and I could really sympathise with her throughout.
As with the previous books, there is a lot of humour to carry the book, this time with a healthy sprinkling of Christmas cheer to make it all more magical and I really enjoyed it. I was having a bit of a low day when I started reading this book and it really did a good job of picking me up and cheering me up. It is another lovely little story about real people and I can’t want to read the fourth in this ‘trilogy’ (Rosie is obviously a disciple of Douglas Adams!) But we have run out of girls, so who will the next book be about? I’m looking forward to finding out next month.
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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. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.
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