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Book Review – Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green

What a great book to start autumn off with. I was just over my summer holiday and then dived right into this autumn delight. I adored the title and thought it was charming. Sitting with my scented pumpkin spiced latte candle on, reading this with a coffee and slice of cake, pretending it was toffee apple cake. Pure bliss.

Synopsis

Get set for a wonderful celebration of autumn with all your favourite characters at the Little Duck Pond Café!
An autumn fair is coming to Sunnybrook, much to the delight of the villagers. But for Madison, whose personal life seems to be spinning out of control, a roller-coaster is the last thing she needs – especially when it’s her emotions at stake.
Can she convince the delectable Jack that their relationship is worth another shot? Or has their romance ground to a permanent halt like a faulty big wheel? Will she solve the mystery of the missing name on her birth certificate? Or will her discoveries take her on a journey even bumpier than the dodgem cars? One thing’s for sure. Madison is going to need more than a fairground fortune teller to find the answers to her questions, if she’s going to ‘waltz-er’ into the happiest of sunsets…

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My Review

Madison is going through some tough times, with one thing after another. At first I found it hard to warm to her as there were some situations she could have avoided and at times I questioned her decisions.  But I think that’s all part of growing up. However I soon realised why she was the way she was and having that shock hit her head on – I felt for her how much it affected her. I just wanted her to love herself and think before she did things.

Luckily Madison has some of the realist friends too. Who were there to guide and tell her honestly what they thought. Even if Jaz was a bit too honest at times. I really liked Ellie and Carrie, they were definitely my favourite characters. They seemed such sweet, kind ladies and great friends. I loved the side story to Carrie and was routing for her throughout.

I haven’t read the other books, so at first I was trying to keep up with whose who, but I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters – (Madison’s friends) which I’m sure would be in the previous books. I have added them all to my to be read list, as I would love to get to know them all before this book too 🙂 

As well as friendship and self discovery, I loved the family storyline element too. What a great support network, Madison had. You could tell they all had such a wonderful bond and just wanted what’s best for her.  

I loved Jack. Did anyone else just want to give him a big hug? I did ! What a sweet man he was.

I definitely wasn’t a fan of Marcus at all – sorry!  I wanted to shake some empathy into him and not be so selfish! That man drove me insane.

This was a really cute book, that I whizzed through. I now want to take a trip to The Little Duck Pond Café and sample some of that toffee cake, which sounds delicious.

Author Bio – 

Rosie 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.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now.

Rosie will be revisiting the Little Duck Pond Café with a beautiful story of love and friendship at Christmas time, entitled A Kiss in the Snow, out in October 2020.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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