Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green ** Blog Tour Review**
We are back in the village of Sunnybrook for Rosie Green's Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe.
Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she'd rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She's always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That's her kind of romance - the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn't have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he's way out of her league.
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?
What a great return to Sunnybrook for a really festive story. All the characters we met before are featured and the focus this time is on Fen who turns out to have hidden depths. Held back all her life with shyness, she emerges as an engaging and sympathetic character, who you root for. You also find out more about her family members and the dynamics within the family.
The descriptions of the Amateur Dramatics Society meetings made me smile with some amusing and quirky participants. Jaz and Ellie have their own stories going on and in all, you pick up the growing excitement of the Christmas build-up. The scene sparkles like a snowy Christmas card scene. Rosie Green's little community is invitingand feels inclusive whilst the story is written with fluidity and pacing. All three of the Little Duck Pond novellas have been an enjoyable read and each one has shown us different aspects of the characters.
In short: festive romance amid a sparkling Christmas scene.
About the Author
Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.
Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe.
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Thanks to Rosie Green and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the Tour.
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