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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

The Perfect Fit By Mary Jayne Baker #Review #Giveaway

The festive reading season continues with today's novel, The Perfect Fit by Mary Jane Baker. It is the second book in her Love in the Dales series and there is the chance to win signed copies of both books today. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. 
Escape to the frost-sparkling Yorkshire Dales for some festive fun under the mistletoe! A saucy comedy-romance with more than a sprinkle of Christmas spice – this will lift your spirits and your excitement level!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for costume shop owner Becky Finn. Leaving London to move back home to the twinkly rural village of Egglethwaite, she plans to build a new life for herself with fiancĂ©, Cole.

Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky finds herself at the head of a colourful group aiming to revive the Egglethwaite Christmas pantomime. But when that festive feeling sets in, she discovers there's more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.

Falling in love was not in the script! But as opening night grows closer, she starts to wonder if the panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she has chosen her right leading man...

The perfect stocking-filler gift!

 'A wonderful book with a great story and a sparky, unusual voice. I loved it!' KATIE FFORDE 

My Thoughts

I read this as a standalone and didn't feel that I was missing out by not having read the first. The community of Egglethwaite is brought together to stage a village pantomime which is a great source of humour. Through the 'amdram' shenanigans, there are some genuinely funny moments and you learn quite a bit about the characters. They can all see what Becky doesn't as regards her relationship with Cole and I must say at times, she was infuriatingly unaware of what was right in front of her nose!

    In addition to the romance at the centre, you also get to learn more about different couples and their solutions to childlessness. Adoption is centre stage at one pint as you get to follow a couple through the process. This did give the characters added depth and lives outside the pantomime setting. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining romance. It captures the 'nudge nudge wink wink' world of the village panto and together with the eccentricities of the villagers, it is full of heart.

In short:  An entertaining romcom- 'Oh no it isn't...Oh yes it is...!'

About the Author

Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country... and she's still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them. More information can be found about Mary Jayne on her website at

You can follow Mary Jayne Baker here: Facebook  |  Twitter 

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US   |  Apple Books 

Thanks to Mary Jane Baker, Mirror Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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Giveaway (UK only)

To win signed copies of both books in the Love in the Dales series (Open to UK Only) just follow the link below and good luck!

  A Bicycle Made for Two and The Perfect Fit

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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