Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green ** Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**
I'm happy to welcome you to my stop on the first day of the blog tour for Rosie Green's Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe. I also have a Giveaway for you and the chance to win a wooden duck ornament and chocolates (UK only). Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. There is also the intriguing question of Who is Rosie Green? - but more of that later.
Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie's prayers. It's only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.
But is running away from your past ever really the answer?
Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer's block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there's Sylvia, who's clinging so hard to her past, she's in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.
Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia's little Duck Pond Café from closure?
What a gentle, delightful read this novella turned out to be. I sat down and read it in one sitting, one cold Saturday and just loved the village setting, full of slightly quirky characters and good intentions- well from nearly everyone anyway! It feels as though Ellie arrives in the village at a time of change for the people she meets. Trying to get away from her memories of a relationship which has gone sour, she is ready for new opportunities and has enough courage to take a leap of faith.
I found the story of her Mum very touching, with warm and emotional moments. Sylvia too has bags of character and a kind heart. There is plenty of romance at the centre of the story but more besides: ageing parents, coming to terms with family relationships, letting go of the past and taking a chance. Rosie Green has created a lovely little community in the first novella and I am hoping to visit these characters again.
In short: warm moments, family love and romance to savour.
About the Author
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. The first, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Café, is out on March 22nd 2018.
Rosie Green is the new penname for a traditionally published author who you may know- any guesses? Look at the Giveaway below for a clue.
You can follow Rosie here: Twitter
Thanks to Rosie Green and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the Tour.
Giveaway (UK only)
Win a wooden Duck ornament and chocolates (Open to UK Only).
During each day of this blog tour, clues will be revealed to the true identity of Rosie Green.
Today's Clue is:
I’ve written seven romantic comedies, the first published back in 2014.
In order to enter, you need to follow Rosie Green on Twitter, RT this tweet and then take a guess using the hashtag #WhoisRosieGreen
You may guess more than once.
All entries using the hash tag will be entered, and the giveaway closes 23:00 BST 12th April
The identity of Rosie Green will be revealed on Twitter after 12th April as will the giveaway winner.
Good luck and don't forget to look at posts on other days of this tour, for more clues.