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Coming Home to Roseford Villas by Fay Keenan #Review

  Today we return to the series by Fay Keenan set in the Somerset village of Roseford. Coming Home to Roseford Villas was published by Boldwood Books on 12th April.   Aurora Henderson and Leo McKendrick were love’s young dream when they first dated as teenagers. But like many a first love, parents, life, and distance got in the way, and the couple lost touch. Now, twenty years later, Aurora – Rory to her friends – needs a break. Burnt out from her teaching career and longing to write a novel, Rory heads to the idyllic village of Roseford for a summer of writing and relaxation. Leo needs a change too. Ex-pat life in Australia has come to a sticky end so the opportunity to run his family’s B&B, Roseford Villas, for the summer is too good to turn down. Neither Rory nor Leo believe in fate, but when Leo opens the door to his latest guest, he might just have to reconsider. And when a sultry summer fills with nostalgia and memories and six weeks flies by too fast, love’s young

Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green ** Blog Tour Review**

Welcome to the second novella in Rosie Green's Little Duck Pond series, Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe. You can read my review of the first book, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe here.

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 series:

Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Summer at the Litle Duck Pond Cafe
Winter at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

My Thoughts
I enjoyed revisiting the village of Smallbrook and meeting again some familiar faces from the first novella in this series. Jaz's story has extended the focus and introduced us to people within her orbit and I like to see how all these characters' lives interact. Smallbrook seems to be a place for new beginnings and starting again and therefore, a hopeful place to live. Jaz appeared in the first novella, so it was good to find out more about why she came to be in the village. There is a darker edge to her backstory which makes the friends she makes in Smallbrook seem all the more heart-warming and protective.

    With fluid writing and a well paced storyline, I found this to be an enjoyable read which I finished in one sitting. There is still mileage to be found for a third story and I am looking forward to finding out what Winter will have in store and hoping that we will find out more about Fen's story. Rosie Green has created a thoroughly likeable place in which to spend a few hours.

In short: a warm and welcoming tale.

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. 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.

You can follow Rosie here: Twitter 

Book link: Amazon UK 

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