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    Loved it

    5 star review of  A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake (Cozy Kettle #2) by Liz Eeles Liz Eeles is a new author to me and this was a fun read that I really enjoyed. The title of the book intrigued me as did the blurb. The writing was descriptive and certainly drew me to Honeyford and the wonderful people who live there. Flora is the owner of the cafe and bookshop, married for twenty years, she finds out her husband cheated and now she is questioning her life. Will Honeyford accept her or is she doomed to remain an outsider? I really disliked Flora’s cheating ex and was happy she left him. I was happy to see the sparks fly between Flora and Daniel. The secondary characters were entertaining, particularly Luna, a woman who has a mystic shop in the high street. She is quirky, unique, caring and compassionate. There is so much to enjoy in this story. The parade, the Charter Day event, the love of community was heart warming. The friendship between Flora and Luna was intriguing and added to the enjoyment.
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    A wonderful, summery, fun book

    We are back at the Cosy Kettle cafe in Honeyford. This time the book focuses on Flora who owns the bookshop that the cafe is inside. Flora returns home early one afternoon and finds her husband Malcolm in a compromising situation with one of his waitresses from the restaurant he owns. Although he begs Flora to stay she decides she needs some time to think about her situation. She has been married for a long time and doesn’t like the prospect of being on her own, she also doesn’t like the idea of her husband being with other women. She decides that the attic of the bookshop is a good place to stay until she sees all the spiders and cobwebs, so she is relieved when Luna who owns the magical shop a few doors down offers her a room at her house. However, she wasn’t expecting Luna’s son Daniel and his young son to be living there too, especially when she has recently had a run-in with Daniel. There is also the summer celebrations to sort out and a mysterious author of a book she loves. Will Flora return to Malcolm and give their marriage another try or will she find the courage to leave her marriage behind and move on with her life? It was lovely to return to Honeyford. I loved the first book, New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle, but I was little apprehensive reading this second book as the main character this time, Flora, I didn’t really take to in book one. As the book evolved I began to warm towards Flora. She is a lovely woman once you manage to peel back that tough exterior, although I was really surprised when the author wrote she was in her 40s as the way she acted and her mannerisms came across as someone much older. I was expecting her to be well into her 50s. There is a lot going on in this book, from Flora’s marriage issues, the summer celebrations, Daniels son’s problems with school and the mysterious writer of a book that is taking Honeyford residents by storm. I never like Malcolm in book one and he ups his game in this book. He certainly is a piece of work. I was keeping my fingers crossed the whole way through that Flora wouldn’t give him another chance. You will have to read the book to see if she does or doesn’t. My only tiny issue was that I wanted to see more from Callie and Noah, I know the book wasn’t about them but a bit more coverage would have been lovely as I adored them both, as well as Callie’s Gramps Stanley who made me laugh so much in the first book. I do hope he appears more in future books to come. This is a wonderful, summery, fun book that will leave you with a smile on your face. Whilst I believe it can be read as a standalone, I do suggest reading book one first so you know the background of the area and the characters.
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    Perfect holiday read

    I seem to be on a roll of finding some great new authors at the moment and Liz Eeles is certainly one of them, after reading this entertaining story set in the Cosy Kettle in Honeyford I need to check out not only the first book in this series but other works by this talented author. This book is about Flora finding her own connection with the residents of Honeyford, she has moved there after finding her husband cheating on her. Moving in with Luna, her son Daniel and her grandson Caleb is just what Flora needs to start afresh and move on leavening the past behind.... Daniel has lost his wife and his time is spent caring for his son but it’s time for him to look to the future and also put the past behind him will Flora be the one to help him move on and will he be the one to make her see Honeyford is where she needs to be....... This story is all about reminding us we can do what we want as long as we put our minds to it. A great lighthearted entertaining story that’s a perfect holiday read.
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    Good story

    Lived the story and so well described. Makes you want to move to Honeywell.
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    Re-inventing Yourself

    This story is written as a first person narrative where characters are described directly. The main conflict is internal as the main character battles with themselves but the secondary conflict is external as the character battles other characters and society norms. The popular themes shown throughout include change of power, communication, death, fear of failure, heartbreak of betrayal, lost honour, lost love, oppression of women, self-reliance, and wisdom of experience. Flora is a small town bookstore and café owner who is attempting to figure out who she really is and how much of her life she has been hiding from. Luna is a fellow shop owner in Honeyford who is all new age magic and helping others, her son Daniel is more traditional mannered than his mother. He is a widowed and has a young son named Caleb. Malcom is Flora’s husband who spends most of his time in his restaurant and does not approve of Flora’s venture into owning her own business. Flora has taken off to Honeyford after discovering Malcom cheating with a much younger woman who works for him. While contemplating her next move, she meets Luna who offers a place to stay after sensing that her soul needs some recharging and nurturing. There she meets Daniel who is the opposite of his mother and works in finance even though he dislikes it. Slowly both Daniel and Flora begin to heal from destroyed relationships, but Malcom isn’t giving up so easily. The ideas are interesting and in a unique placement throughout the story. The flow is organized and logical while the voice is unique to this work. The word choice and sentence structure help to enhance the overall story. Yes, I would recommend this book. This would be the book for those who enjoy success stories, short reads about character growth, or any small town stories. This book would not be good for those looking for lots of action, steamy love scenes or lots of drama.
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