Monday, 3 January 2022

Book Review - The Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin

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Title: The Cosy Cottage in Ireland
Author: Julie Caplin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication Date: 29th September 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heartwarming romance…

Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell wants a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. But on her first night In Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next six weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin…

Nestled amongst rolling green hills and breathtaking countryside, the cookery school throws Hannah and Conor together again–for better or worse.

I've come to expect from a Julie Caplin book - that there will be a fabulous location, a gorgeous romance, and some delicious sounding food - and this has all that and more in spades. 

First the location, a cooking school in County Kerry in Ireland. The working farm and cookery school that focuses on local produce, is so well described, that I felt i even knew some of the chickens that Hannah was feeding each day quite well.  There is a real taste of Ireland and I feel like I was transported there in my armchair. 

A gorgeous romance, well Conor is rather handsome and the first meeting between him and Hannah is rather memorable and definitely made me smile. And although I could see it was likely it wouldn't be quite the one night stand they both thought it might be,  it really is a slow burner after that initial meeting, mainly due to various misunderstandings! 

And food, well Hannah along with 5 other guests are on a 6 week intensive cookery course, they are all at various abilities, in Hannah's case well she is better at cooking than me, but that isn't saying much!  I loved all the food descriptions and did feel hungry while reading. 

Then there are the other guests on the course, you definitely need to keep an eye out for Fliss and Jason - I just loved their banter, was always entertaining to see them sniping at each other! 

I actually loved all the guests, and also the whole of the Byrne family whose Cookery school they are all at. 

This was a warm and cosy read, which I loved every second of. Yet another fantastic romantic escape from an exceptionally talented author. 

Thank you to One More Chapter and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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