Good morning everyone and happy sunny Saturday! On this beautiful day I have two posts for you. First up is a review on the blog tour of A Cornish Summer Holiday by Rosie Green, Book 10 in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. This is a charming and funny story that made me laugh out loud….
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!
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So before I start, I was convinced that I’ve read other books in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series….. but can’t find any evidence of it! So I started off on the back foot as I wasn’t familiar with any of the characters, however it didn’t stop me from enjoying it!
The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls have gone down to Cornwall to stay in a seaside holiday home for a month. But when they arrive, it’s not the paradise that they were expecting – it comes with leaks and ghosts!! But they decide to persevere and end up helping out the owner to make it into something beautiful.
Next door is an ice cream parlour, owned by Gracie who has recently taken it over from her Mum. But she’s struggling to come to terms with things that have happened, as well as things from the past, and is less than impressed when five loud girls turn up to ruin her peaceful summer. And to add to her worries, she meets a stranger on the beach who she’s attracted to, but discovers something unbelievable and heartbreaking.
As the girls settle in to their holiday home, and Gracie tries to make a success of the quiet parlour, their stories intertwine in a beautiful way. But there are secrets that must be revealed -what are they, and will they all have the kind of summer they expected?
Despite not previously having ‘met’ the characters, I soon got the gist of the girls! I did find it difficult when they were talking about other characters back at the cafe as I was unaware of them and their backstory, but I just glossed over these parts. Some of the girls are loveable, and one of them would definitely try my patience!! Gracie has been through a lot, and I just wanted her to get out of her self-pity and move forward – and I was glad with the way things ended.
I was enthralled by the mystery of Coastguard Cottage and loved digging into the story of it with the characters, and was blown away with the twists that transpired! I particularly loved the creepy parts about the ghost – especially when it came to the doll and clock!
Rosie Green does a wonderful job of describing Pengully Sands and the surrounding area, I could picture it and just wanted to join the girls on the sand dunes with their candles, wine and barbecues! The storyline was charming and as I’ve said, the twists blew me away. There are some emotive parts in here, and you’ll feel all sorts of things for, and about the characters.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and would definitely like to read the rest of the Little Duck Pond Cafe series to see what I’ve missed. This was a perfect book to be sat in my garden in the sunshine reading – it’s relatively short, easy and enjoyable to read. If you’re looking for your next fun and heartwarming read, then definitely check this out.
about the author
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.
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Thank you to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of the book. All views are my own.
I’ll be back shortly…..