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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

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer Lysaght & Sarah Breen ** Blog Tour Review**

 Following on from the success of Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling, we are revisiting its cast of characters with this sequel. The Importance of Being Aisling.

Meet Aisling.

She's a country girl learning to love the city sophistication of unlimited Pinot Greej and brunch, though smashed avocado still mystifies her. She can plan anything, from Secret Santa for her ungrateful colleagues to a hen party for not one but two brides.

But even Aisling is thrown off course when her job and relationship suddenly go up in smoke.

Life in the city was supposed to be glamorous and grown-up, but all at once she's heading home to live with her mother. (Not without a detour to Vegas first - she's unemployed and single, not dead.)

But between making new friends and rivals, and finding her eye caught by a very handsome but very unavailable new man, going home is full of surprises. Could small town life actually hold the answers Aisling is missing?
My Thoughts
This book picked up where the bestseller, Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling left off and as far as the main character was concerned, the authors did not miss a beat. There is all the same tone of irreverence and wry observations which remind me so much of the Bridget Jones series of books. There are plenty of secondary characters to add colour to the book and to contribute to its humour.
    It is the character of Aisling herself who carries the story through. She is so well observed and as you learn about her family, you glimpse a certain depth behind her facade. There are moving moments as well as outright comedy and it really is a great reflection of life as it is lived with all its imperfections.
In short: A wry look at life with plenty of heart. 
About the Authors

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen conceived the character of Aisling in their sitting room in 2008, when they began to observe the many traits, characteristics and quirks of a very particular type of Irish girl; one they identified around them and one they identified with.

Their first book Oh My God What a Complete Aisling was the Number One bestselling adult fiction title of 2017 in Ireland and is soon set to be made into a major film with McLysaght and Breen writing the screenplay.  

You can follow them here: 

Sarah Breen: Twitter   |   Emer McLysaght : Twitter 

Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to the authors and Olivia Thomas of Penguin Random House for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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