Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Book Review - The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant - Blog Tour

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Title: The Little Village Bakery
Author: Tilly Tennant
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 15th June 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery. 

Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles. 

Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention. 

But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan. 

It was a combination of both the gorgeous summery cover and the author that seduced me into reading this book, and that was easily one of the best decisions I have made.

I did have one slight fault with the book that I am going to go into before I sing the stories praises, and that is purely that for a book about a bakery, there were almost no baked goods mentioned, no feelings of hunger as I read it, and it does go against the slightly expectation that perhaps the cover gives. 

What this book does do very well, is tell the stories of Millie who is moving to the village of Honeybourne (and what a lovely name for a village that is), having bought sight unseen the old bakery. It isn't until she arrives that the enormity of what she has done becomes apparent, as there is a lot of work to do, to make the bakery workable or livable in. 

There is also Jasmine's family who we see a lot of, Dylan her brother is a loveable rogue with the ladies, but seems to have taken a shine to Millie. Jasmine seems to the sort of person who takes people under her wing, and soon provides Millie with a much needed friendship. 

Honeybourne itself is a cosy sounding village, with a fabulous local gossip network, and one particular villager springs to mind to add colour to the tale. Ruth is clearly lonely and latches onto Millie to talk very regularly, and seems to go into great detail about her every single health complaint. 

There are secrets in this story that must be revealed, and for the whole the surround exactly why Millie moved to Honeybourne, and I couldn't guess the exact details, but once the reveal on that started, so did a lot more high action scenes in the story, adding to the already brisk pace of the book. 

I believe The Little Village Bakery is the first of a new series and I already want to return to Honeybourne to meet more residents and see Millie and Jasmine again. I felt instantly at home reading this book and really enjoyed every second of it. 

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

About Tilly Tenant

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe, The Man Who Can't Be Moved, the Mishaps in Millrise series and the Once Upon a Winter series. | Tilly Tennant on Twitter

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