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The Vintage Village Bake Off by Judy Leigh #Review

  Here we are with another amusing romcom by Judy Leigh . The Vintage Village Bake Off was published by Boldwood Books on December 4th. Now in his seventies, Robert Parkin is stunned to find himself the unlikely sex symbol of the village gardening club. Living in happy solitude with his cat Isaac Mewton in the Devon village of Millbrook, entertained by his mischievous chickens and goats, Robert has never figured out the rules of romance. But as the local ladies vie for his company, it soon becomes clear that Robert's Victoria Sponge cake is the lure, and as his baking prowess grows, so does his confidence. Cheesecakes, meringues, puddings, Robert can do it all, but his real masterpieces are his scones - ginger, rosemary, coconut, fruit, his recipes are inspired and soon come to the attention of the local media. Which county does the best cream tea - Devon or Cornwall? It's time for an age-old debate to be settled with a competition. Robert's sisters Bunty and Ha

Book Reviews

Here you will find an Index of all the books I have reviewed on this blog listed by author:

Adams, Ben Six Lies 
Alexi Sara, The Piano Raft 
Anders, Charlie Jane All the Birds in the Sky 
Ashworth, Jenn Fell 
Austen, Jane Lady Susan

Bailey, Sara Dark Water 
Barker, Pat Toby's Room 
Beazley Anoushka, The Good Enough Mother 
Benson, Jacquelyn The Smoke Hunter
Betts, Charlotte The House in Quill Court 
Blackhurst, Jenny Before I Let You In 
Bray, Carys The Museum of You 
Bristow Su, Sealskin 
Broadribb Steph, Deep Down Dead 
Brody, Francis Death at the Seaside 
Brolly Matt, Dead Embers 
Broome, Isabelle My Map of You

Carey, Helen London Calling 
Chandler, Diane Moondance 
Cottrell TA What Alice Knew

Dahl Kjell Ola, Faithless 
Davis, Jane My Counterfeit Self 
Dawson, Lucy You Sent Me a Letter 
Delacourt Marianne, Too Sharp 
Durrant, Sabine Lie With Me

Edwards, Lyndsey The Silver Bells Christmas Pantomime 
Eliot, George Silas Marner
Elsberg Marc, Blackout
Enger Thomas, Cursed 
Evans, Harriet The Butterfly Summer

Faye, Lyndsay Jane Steele
Fairfax John, Summary Justice 
Fitzgerald, F Scott The Great Gatsby
Franklin, Arianna The Mistress of the Art of Death

Gale, Patrick Notes from an Exhibition  
Gardner Lisa, Right Behind You
Gardos, Peter Fever at Dawn
Goodwin, Anne Sugar and Snails 

Hannigan, Emma This Perfect Gift 
Hardy, Thomas Under the Greenwood Tree
Harper, Jane The Dry 
Harris, Joanne M Runemarks 
Hayes Antonia, Relativity 
Hayward, Lili The Cat of Yule Cottage 
Hiekkapelto, Kati The Exiled 
Hilary Sarah, Quieter than Killing 
Hislop, Victoria Cartes Postales from Greece 
Hope, Anna The Ballroom 
Hurley, Andrew Michael The Loney


Jackson, Mick Yuki Chan in Bronte Country 
Jeffrey Diane, Those Who Lie 
Johnson Matt, Deadly Game 
Jonasson, Ragnar Snowblind 
Joyce, Rachel A Snow Garden and Other Stories 
Joyce, Rachel, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Kay, Sanjida Bone by Bone 
Kroll Bob, The Hell of it All (excerpt) 

M J Lee, The Somme Legacy 
Lowell, Catharine The Madwoman Upstairs 
Lynes SE Valentina

Macgregor, Virginia The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells 
Mackenzie, Rebecca In a Land of Paper Gods 
Maguire, Gregory After Alice 
Mansell Jill, Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay 
Mazzola, Anna The Unseeing 
McCarthy, Morgan House of Birds 
McGowan Claire, Blood Tide (Interview) 
Messud, Claire The Woman Upstairs 
Miller, Madeline The Song of Achilles
Morfoot Peter, Fatal Music 
Morrall, Claire After the Bombing

Nixon, Terri Penhaligon's Attic

O'Farrell, Maggie This Must Be the Place
O'Flanagan, Sheila The Missing Wife 
Ould Chris, The Killing Bay 

Patrick, Phaedra The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper 
Pollen, Bella The Summer of the Bear


Reynolds Amanda, Close to me 
Riordan, Kate The Shadow Hour 
Rothschild, Hannah The Improbability of Love

Schwab VE This Savage Song 
 Smail, Anna The Chimes
 Setterfield, Diane The Thirteenth Tale
Smith Sherri, Follow Me Down 
Sittenfeld, Curtis Eligible 
Sjon Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was 
Smith Sherri, Follow Me Down 
Strout, Elizabeth My Name is Lucy Barton 
Stuart Keith, A Boy made of Blocks 
Sarah Surgey & Emma Vestrheim, A Presence of Absence 

Torjussen Mary, Gone Without a Trace 
Toropov, Yusuf Jihadi 
Tuomainen, Antti The Mine 
Tyler, Anne Vinegar Girl 



Wallace, Caroline The Finding of Martha Lost 
Walters, Victoria The Second Love of my Life
Wesolowski Matt, Six Stories 




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