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    The book is filled with warm-hearted moments

    Twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright lives with her Eighty-year-old Gramps Stanley after her mum upped and left to live in Spain with her toy-boy. She also works at the local book shop in Honeyford. Her boss has retired and a new owner, Flora, is taking over. Not sure what to make of her new boss, Callie is eager to impress but day one doesn’t start out well with her running late after trying to persuade her Gramps not to put his name down for a parachute jump. Flora is stern but fair and soon realises that Callie has a knack for helping people and listening to their problems. Flora also listens to Callie’s suggestions for the shop and how some improvements could increase customer numbers, including a little coffee shop at the back. Giving her the green light, Callie sets about making a little cafe for the locals and tourists to enjoy with the help of some new local friends. The cafe, The Cosy Kettle, also gives her a reason to keep active when she discovers that the local old manor house is currently being renovated into a posh hotel and the owner is none other than Finn Shawley who used to live in the village and helping him with the design is Callie’s ex-boyfriend, Noah. Callie and Noah split eight years ago and haven’t spoken since, but she’s all in a fluster as he is still rather hot but with the past and Noah living in New York Callie knows that nothing could ever happen between them. I occasionally like to read a good rom-com in-between my reading of thrillers and New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle was certainly a good read, in fact, I’d say it was a superb read. I started reading it one night and only put it down when my eyelids started drooping. Upon waking I immediately picked it up again and read until I’d finished the book. Callie is a lovely young woman with a big heart. She loves to help people and is one of those individuals that those with problems find easy to talk to. She is caring and considerate. She was in love with Noah all those years ago but he did something that broke her heart just before she headed to university, so once there she broke up with him and has never seen him since. Noah is now a successful architect living in New York. He is back in Honeyford helping his brother Finn in his latest project to get his daddy’s attention. Finn has always been a lady’s man, where Noah was in love with Callie and hadn’t even realised what he did was the reason for their break-up. Flora is a woman trying to make a success of her business after her mum left her some money. Her husband is not very supportive of her and doesn’t think she should have invested in the book shop. My favourite character has to be Stanley. He was so adorable. Turning eighty has seen him have some sort of epiphany (and reading a book on life). He has decided that he’ll be dead soon so why not make the most of living. He wants to make the most of the time he has left, which includes dressing how he likes – think skinny jeans and Taylor Swift T-shirt. Saying what he thinks, even if it upsets others and maybe chaining himself to a few trees to protest. The book is filled with warm-hearted moments, has plenty of charming characters and a few wrong’uns too. Plus there are lots of laugh-out-loud parts. This is a book that will have you smiling from ear-to-ear throughout and leaving you with a desire for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake!
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    Cozy Family Story

    * ARC Review* This novel was written as a first person narrative. It directly describes characters from one point of view and allows for conflicts of society, oneself, and other characters to seen through the eyes of this one character. The theme involves popular topics such as love, death, power and corruption, and prejudice. Callie Fulbright is our protagonist who is all about helping out strays and giving them some much needed advice. She is a round character who many see as putting her life on hold to take care of her grandfather after the loss of her father and grandmother. She goes through a dynamic change as the power is put in her hands to create a small cafe, all on her own. Her main confidant are friends Jess, Becca and boss Flora. Noah Shawley is out antagonist who has come back to their small town to help his brother open his new hotel. He is a round character who went off to school before travelling to New York where he has become an architect. His main confidant is also his foil, his older brother Finn. The exposition shows the small little town of Honeyford and Callie, Flora and her grandfather. The rising action is all about the return of the Shawley brothers and the idea of Callie’s Cafe. The climax is the first few weeks of opening the cafe and the troubles that online trolls can cause. The falling action is more about the relationship between Callie and Noah, but also Noah and Finn. The resolution is all about Finn making amends but also the town of Honeyford opening its two newest business. The writer use of words is excellent as the characters are not using a lot of British slang. The flow and organization do follow a logical order that allows readers to pick up and drop off in the middle of a chapter without feeling like they are losing anything. Yes, I would recommend this book. 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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