Second chances, new loves and scrumptious cakes, in this heart-warming novel. Perfect for all fans of Fern Britton, Katie Fforde and Cathy Bramley.
Following the tragic death of her beloved husband, Anna Hemingway decides it’s time for a fresh start. So Anna and her three-year-old daughter Ellie move to a picture-perfect cottage in the beautiful village of Little Somerby, and when she takes over the running of the village tea shop, Ellie and Anna start to find happiness again.
But things get complicated when Matthew Carter, the owner of the local cider farm, enters their lives. Throughout a whirlwind year of village fetes and ancient wassails, love, laughter, apple pie and new memories, life slowly blossoms again. But when tragedy strikes and history seems to be repeating itself, Anna must find the strength to hold onto the new life she has built.
This beautiful, life-affirming debut novel marks the beginning of the Little Somerby series, and promises to make you smile, cry, reach for a cream tea, and long for a life in the perfect English countryside.
I seem to read a lot of shops about tea shops, or perhaps I just read a lot of books and tea shops are popular to write about. If I ever wrote a book there would probably be a tea shop, or at least some kind of cafe in there. And a dog of course. Maybe even more than one dog!
This was a debut novel from author Fay Keenan which made it even more exciting to read. Writing a book is like baring your soul in a way and I’ve always imagined the first one is the hardest. Fay is so beautifully descriptive I felt as if I was right there with Anna, seeing and feeling everything she did. It was a lovely story overall – there was just one part (I won’t give spoilers but anyone reading it will understand!) that was like a punch in the gut and changed my view for a while on what the ending should have been. The characters were lovely – especially Merry! She was so friendly and light the whole way through I wish I could know her in real life!
If you fancy something that’s a little deeper than the average romance but still light-hearted enough to be an easy read, this is the one to pick up! Thank you to Netgalley and Aria for the chance to read and review this book!
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