Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.
So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.
Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?
I always really enjoy a Trisha Ashley book – She’s one of these authors that I know whatever I pick up I’ll enjoy. I was planning on buying this book once it came out but I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Netgalley so I got stuck in as soon as I could. The cover is also really cute!
This story is told mainly from the point of view of the main character, Alice, who was abandoned as a baby. A lot of the story is to do with finding out where she’s from and who her family really are. There are a couple of other dialogues running alongside too including the current book that Alice is writing – she’s an author and writes twisted style fairytales. The book starts the year that Alice was born, heads into Alice’s teenage years and then heads quickly into the current time.
This was a funny, heart-warming story that I really enjoyed. I devoured it over the course of a few lunch breaks and found it difficult to start working again (although I’m not sure ever particularly enjoy starting work again!). I loved the process of turning the run down cafe into the afternoon tea emporium – particularly Tilda and Nell ‘the rudest waitresses in Yorkshire’. I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy having afternoon tea with a side of insults!
I thought that the plot was well thought out and I liked the family links that we found out by the end. The Gildings family were absolutely lovely and I could imagine taking a seat at their table and fitting right in. The only thing that I wasn’t too keen on was the fairytale that ran alongside. I didn’t find a meaning that related to the book at all so it got a little dull and I was half tempted to skip through it. So far this book has a rating of 4.7 on Goodreads and it’s only been out for a few days. I’m not 100% sure if I would read it again or not so it would stay on my bookshelf just in case! I was sad that my copy didn’t come with the recipes – I was hoping to have a look at what a ‘Fat Rascal’ was! I’ll have to google it now…
Thank you to Netgalley and Transworld Digital for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! 🙂