Afternoon my lovelies.  I am so excited to share with you today my review of Summer Serendipity at the Twist and Turn Bakery by the lovely Helen J Rolfe.  This feel good, summer read will have you smiling from ear to ear and wishing you were there in Heritage Cove too……

about summer serendipity at the twist and turn bakery

It’s summer in Heritage Cove, the picturesque village by the sea. Join some of your favourite characters and welcome new faces in this uplifting, romantic read brimming with character, community and friendship…

The Heritage Bakery is finally getting the makeover it deserves, with sisters Jade and Celeste modernising the place and putting their own stamp on it while retaining all the charm of days gone by. But Jade has far more planned than a brand-new kitchen and fancy cake designs. She’s ready for an even bigger change in her life. It’s almost time to take the next step and she knows just what to do to make that happen.

Etna owns the village tea rooms and when she hears that local man Harvey is looking for a labourer to help him renovate the bakery after being let down at the last minute, she suggests to her nephew Linc that it may just be the change he needs to get his head straight. Linc arrives in the Cove willing to give it a go and he works hard, but what he hadn’t envisaged was anything bordering on a romance – not with his track record or what he’s involved in right now.

When a tall, dark, handsome stranger appears in the village and turns Jade’s world upside down, will it be enough to make her abandon her plan before she even sets the wheels in motion? And has Linc missed his chance to tell her how he really feels?

It’s almost time for the wedding of the year for one of the village favourites and the annual Wedding Dress Ball. But when the sun begins to set, will anyone else be lucky in love?

This summer read is Book 3 in a series of standalone novels set in Heritage Cove, the little village by the sea…

Formats: eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

Jade is excited about the renovation of the bakery she owns with her sister in Heritage Cove.  But when she’s woken up early on her one day off, she’s fuming…..until the finds out who it is making all the noise – a hot newbie to the village!  Linc has come to the Cove to help Harvey with the renovation; taking a much needed break away from his life as suggested by his Auntie Etna, the owner of the tea room next door.

Both Jade and Linc have had things happen to them in the past that they’re still dealing with, and neither of them expect to start developing feelings for the other.  But Jade has plans for her life; plans that she’s had for a while and she’s determined to stick with them….which means no romance can happen.  And when someone familiar turns up to the village, Jade is confused and has even more to consider.  Who is the stranger? What will Jade decide to do? Will Linc ever be able to tell Jade how he feels? You’ll have to read to find out……

I absolutely loved being back in the Cove.  Having previously read book 2 in the Heritage Cove series, I was excited to be back and see what some of my favourite characters were getting up to.  Plus it’s wedding time!!  I absolutely loved getting to know Jade and Celeste better, and completely adored Linc.  Every girl will want a man like him!!  I also loved getting to spend more time with Etna, who is a legend!  The characters are all fantastic – they’re all so individual and you can’t help but love them all.  Even when the person shows up and confuses Jade, my feelings were torn even though I felt I should be being loyal to someone else…….

The setting is fantastic.  Heritage Cove sounds like the absolute dream.  A small village with a wonderful community where everyone knows and supports each other.  It is so self sufficient and has the most idyllic little local businesses, plus a beautiful cove and beach.  With this taking place in the summer, you will definitely get full on summer vibes.  This is the perfect read for sitting in your garden in the sunshine or by a pool with a cold drink in hand (hopefully not too long before we can do that again!).

The storyline is wonderful.  It’s such a feel good, warm happy and brilliant read.  There are some unexpected aspects to it and I absolutely loved how it all came together.  Serendipity is the perfect word for it.  The authors writing style is such a joy to experience.  It’s easy, fun and enjoyable to read and will completely suck you in to the delightful storyline.

So as you can tell, I am a big fan of this book and of Helen J Rolfe.  I can’t wait for the next book in the Heritage Cove series to see what all my favourites are getting up to again!  Saying that though, this can absolutely be read as a standalone.  You’re introduced to the characters and so won’t feel confused – however, I would still recommend them, even after you’ve read this because you will love them all!  So, if you’re looking for a feel good read that will make you smile, keep you reading, give you a setting to die for and characters you will fall in love with….then this is for you.  Highly recommended by me!

rating

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

about the author

Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Helen also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe. Her new series, Cafe at the End of the Pier, is out in 2018 and begins with a Valentine’s short story.

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she studied writing and journalism and began writing for women’s health and fitness magazines. She also volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases. Helen began writing fiction in 2011 and hasn’t missed the I.T. world one little bit, although the I.T. skills have come in handy of course, especially when it comes to creating and maintaining a website.

After fourteen years of living in Australia, Helen returned to the UK and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their children.

Where to find Helen online: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

Thanks so much to Helen for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful evening day lovelies.

Chelle x

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