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    Relaxing read

    Well I’m glad to say this isn’t a ‘sissy potboiler’, what it is however is an easy to read and uncomplicated book which is very relaxing to read. This is the first book I’ve read by Liz Eeles and whilst I read it quite happily as a stand-alone something about it made me suspect the characters were not new to her and I think reading the first Cosy Kettle book first would enhance your enjoyment of this. The characters were a wonderful mixed bunch, especially Stanley who is extremely colourful and joyous. Flora, the main character is well written with her insecurity about where her future lies. There were some bits I predicted but overall this was a good laidback read.
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    A Really Good Read

    I expected the average cozy romance template but was pleasantly suprised!
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    Film material

    Great read and would make a brilliant rom com movie
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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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    I liked it.

    I received a free copy of A SUMMER ESCAPE AND STRAWBERRY CAKE AT THE COSY KETTLE by Liz Eeles in exchange for an honest review. This is the sequel to NEW STARTS AND CHERRY TARTS AT THE COSY KETTLE. This book focuses on Flora, who is the newish owner of the Cosy Kettle. Flora is torn between her desire to be a good wife to her husband of twenty years and her longings for belonging to a community and for running her own business. Flora finds out her husband is cheating on her, and her husband places the blame for his adultery squarely on Flora and her recent inattention. Flora decides she needs time to decide what she wants, so she moves out and stays in the attic of her shop. When the local eccentric offers her a room, Flora jumps at the chance to escape the enormous attic spiders. Only after she moves in, Flora discovers Luna’s irritable son and timorous grandson also live there. This is Flora’s journey to discover where her heart truly lies and to connect with the Honeyford community. I liked this book. Since I could see where everything would end, I would classify the plot as fairly predictable. However, we all like happy endings, don’t we? I recommend this book. #AsummerEscapeAndStrawberryCakeAtTheCosyKettle #NetGalley
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