Wednesday, 3 October 2018

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

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Title: Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Author: Rosie Green
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 3rd September 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

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?

For a novella this really does pack a big punch into a really short space. 

It was fabulous getting to know Fen, the quietest member of the friendship group, she may be shy but she is also a very loyal friend and all she wants to do is read romance novels, cook and have a real life romance. 

Which may be why she falls for Ethan Fox,  who early on I really wasn't sure about, especially as he kept pushing Fen to do things she clearly wasn't too comfortable with, such as joining the am-dram group for the panto. 

It is also great to catch up with Jaz and Ellie and see the next steps in their stories - if you want to read their back stories, then read the other two books in this series, they are all fabulous. 

The girls friendship is still key to them and there are interesting developments in all of their lives.  It was also lovely seeing Ellie's friendship and confidence grow as a result of spending time with Rob. 

What I am loving most about these novellas is that each one seems to have a more serious issue in it, which adds a degree of depth and gritty realism to the stories.  In addition to that there is such a feel good feeling I get from the book, and it really is a fabulously entertaining escapist piece of fiction. 

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

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