Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Book Review - Sweet Pastries & Sourdough by Rosie Green

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Title: Sweet Pastries & Sourdough
Author: Rosie Green
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 5th March 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Ellie's brand new enterprise, the True Loaf Bakery, is finally open and classes are due to start. But when Katja's ski-ing holiday ends in disaster, a new teacher must be found very quickly. Anita is up for the challenge, but - fresh from a break-up and an operation that's left her feeling physically and emotionally vulnerable - the last thing she's looking for when she moves to Sunnybrook is a new relationship. So it's Sod's law that she should find herself with not one but two guys vying for her attention. Sven, from Denmark, is a bit of an enigma - but maybe passion lurks beneath his cool reserve? And as for twenty-five-year-old football coach Ross - surely she'd be asking for trouble getting involved with a gorgeous man a decade her junior? (Although her football-mad son Rufus seems to love him.)

Moving in with Bertha proves a real comfort - but can Anita get to the bottom of what's troubling the older woman?

Anita's job at the True Loaf Bakery is only temporary, but she finds herself drawn ever deeper into life in the village - especially when she finds a child's bracelet from long ago, in the rubble of the newly-renovated building. Solving the mystery of who it belongs to takes Anita on a journey of discovery - a journey that might just help her discover what her own heart really needs...

Make sure you have a handy supply of freshly baked bread by your side at all times while reading this, as I was craving bread, and the smell of it too, so much as I was devouring the story. 

Initially I didn't really warm to Anita, possibly because she was to busy denying her doctor's diagnosis and yet it was blatantly obvious to everyone. Plus as not having hit the normal certain age for this to be an issue, I just couldn't really identify with all the chat and discussions about the big M. 

But aside from that I loved her son Rufus, the two men that seemed to take a liking to her, the way she taught the classes in the True Loaf Bakery. Her talk about sourdough starters was interesting and seemed to engage people, especially those in her Monday class. 

But then the second half of this really kicked it up with story lines that  not only did I not see coming, nor did I predict any part of them.  I was feeling rather emotional at one point. 

We get to see some of our favourite Duck Pond Cafe girls too, and Maisie is as adorable and cheeky as ever. I especially enjoyed the updates to Fen's story. 

There are quite a few brand new characters in this instalment, who all just add to my love of Sunybrook as a place I would love to live! 

This is another truly enjoyable addition to this immense series. I just hope there is more to come! 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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