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The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Cornish seaside town of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice-cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even have a go themselves). But when they arrive, the girls find it’s not quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house.’ Gracie, who runs the ice-cream parlour, has problems of her own and the last thing she needs is a bunch of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she craves. And when a handsome stranger looks set to destroy her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Will Gracie get her happy ending – and maybe even make friends with the girls next-door? This wasn’t the relaxing break the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be the holiday of a lifetime!
Wow, I really can’t believe this is the tenth book in this series! Actually, I suspect this one is probably the easiest to read as a standalone as it isn’t set in their usual delightful community, instead the women from the Little Duck Pond Café are off on holiday to Cornwall. They’re going to be staying in the holiday home of Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, in Harmony Cove, a secluded location with just two cottages not far from Pengully Sands. However, their dreams of an idyllic holiday are quickly thwarted when they discover their accommodation is in dire need of updating and apparently haunted! Will they stay or should they go?
The other cottage is actually run as an ice cream parlour by Gracie but she’s reclusive and has a whole plethora of problems which means she resents the newcomers, especially as they’re planning to stay for a whole month!
The story is told from the alternating points of view of Gracie and the Little Duck Pond ladies. It is a story with an added mystery, plenty of problems to be overcome and, of course, a huge dose of both cakes and romance. It is a great addition to the series, with plenty of surprises en route and a range of new characters, too! I hope we won’t have to wait too long for the eleventh book as I can’t wait to discover just what happens in Lucy’s Great Escape!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and finding it as highly entertaining and delightful as all the earlier books in this brilliant series.
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Author Bio –
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.
Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.
Rosie is currently writing a full-length book, ‘Lucy’s Great Cornish Escape’, which – in a fun twist – will feature favourite characters from the Little Duck Pond Café series.
Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988
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