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Bonfires & Hot Chocolate (at the Little Duck Pond Café)
If you love all the colours of autumn, you’re sure to warm to this uplifting story of love, loss and starting over.
Primrose Wilkins arrived in Sunnybrook with a burning desire to find the family she’s never known. But after a heart-breaking false start, she’s beginning to have second thoughts. Can she find the courage to battle on in her quest? And with her romantic life at an all-time low, will meeting the intriguing and attractive Callum Davy be just what she needs to renew her faith in love?
Meanwhile, Fen is also finding it hard to be brave. She’s made it through to the final of TV show ‘Battle of the Bakes’ (thanks to Ellie entering on her behalf), but she’s always shied away from being in the spotlight. How will Fen cope now that she’s a famous ‘celebrity’, recognised in the street everywhere she goes?
This is a delightful story which focuses on Primrose, a rather colourful recent arrival to the village who is rather noticeable as she wears brightly coloured clothes and often dyes her hair to match. She’s come to the village in an attempt to discover her birth grandmother following the death of her grandmother who had adopted her mother as a baby. Her grandmother also brought Primrose up after her parents were tragically killed when she was just ten years old. Through the story more is revealed about Primrose and her past, including just why she prefers to be so colourful. Her search for her birth grandmother, her connecting with others along the way and the support provided by her friends is beautifully and emotively portrayed.
Primrose has two potential love interests in the story and it was interesting to see how her relationships with them both developed. I also liked her discoveries whilst clearing her old home and seeing her problems convincing her love interest that she’s not pining for someone else.
This is the seventh book in this heartwarming series, along with the hot chocolate, bonfires and fireworks! However I suspect this book would still work well as a standalone. Having said that, the series is a fantastic saga of a close knit community and I’ve enjoyed keeping up to date on just what the residents have been involved with through the stories. In this story, I enjoyed discovering just how Fen had got on in the Battle of the Bakes, all about a secret project and Ellie’s wedding preparations. Just wait till you read about the dog Primrose takes for walks – Maisie Moo -what a matchmaking dog she is! I definitely had fantastic images of this amazing pooch dressed up for trick or treating!
Visiting the Little Duck Pond Café and finding out what all of them have been up to is like going back to visit close friends. I really enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to finding out what happens at the wedding in the next book in this series.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.
Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.
Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.
Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published Christmas 2019.
Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’.
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