Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.
Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.
But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.
Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?
This novella is part of a trilogy:
Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café
First of all, I have to say that somehow I missed the blog tour for part one in the series, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and I would definitely recommend that you read the books in order just to get to know the characters backstories.
Jaz feels settled in the lovely village of Sunnybrook. She has two jobs and some really kind friends who make her feel right at home. Little do they know that Jaz is secretly going through pain and heartache all by herself. Fortunately, old friend Jules knows the secret that Jaz is fleeing from and helps her keep contact with a person who is extremely close to Jaz’s heart.
One of her jobs is a tour guide at nearby Brambleberry Manor, where friend Fen lives with her mother. Lady R comes over as a very cold and prickly character but Jaz soon recognises that she has problems of her own. The main one is to keep the wonderful country manor afloat, and she will do everything in her power to stay in her family home. I loved how there were two sides to Lady R’s character and the motivated businesswoman turned out to have a huge heart.
Meanwhile, there may be a love interest for Jaz. Photographer Harry keeps ‘accidentally’ bumping into Jaz and they have flirty banter. Harry is another one trying to hide heartache, will Jaz be the one to help him move on?
There is so much packed into this novella, it literally is a whirlwind from start to finish. The pace is constant throughout and the storyline keeps you gripped.
Beautifully written and jam-packed with warm and likeable characters, I loved every page!
I really look forward to the next book in the series and highly recommend Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for supplying a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Rosie Green 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.
Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.
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