Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Book Review - Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

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Title: Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Author: Rosie Green
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18th June 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

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 - waitressing 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 he'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?

Fast paced novella, that focuses on Jaz and her need to make a new life for herself after a relationship ended but who is determined that she doesn't lose touch with her ex's daughter Titch.  

I really felt for Jaz as its clear she is missing Titch but can't do anything about it, and she just wants to do whats best for the girl she loves.  

Jaz is attempting to sort out a new life in Sunnybrook and there are familiar faces from the previous book in the series, but equally this works wonderfully well as a standalone novella.  I love all the assorted characters that are present and was amused at the lengths Jaz was going to to avoid being photographed, or even near the gorgeous local photographer! 

This was a lovely story to while away an hour or two with,  with a storylines running through it, and I'm already eager to return to Sunnybrook in the Christmas book. 

Thank you to Rosie Green for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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