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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

Finding Home by Kate Field #Review

 I am delighted to be taking part in today's Publication Day celebrations for Kate Field's Finding Home. It is published on 16th April by One More Chapter.

She might not have much in this world, but it cost nothing to be kind…

Meet Miranda Brown: you can call her Mim. She’s jobless, homeless and living in her car… but with a history like hers she knows she has a huge amount to be grateful for.

Meet Beatrice and William Howard: Bill and Bea to you. The heads of the Howard family and owners of Venhallow Hall, a sprawling seaside Devonshire estate… stranded in a layby five hours from home the night before their niece’s wedding.

When fate brings the trio together, Mim doesn’t think twice before offering to drive the affable older couple home. It’s not like she has anywhere else to be. But as the car pulls into the picturesque village of Littlemead, Mim has no idea how her life is about to change…

An uplifting story of found family and true love perfect for fans of Fern Britton and Veronica Henry.

 My Thoughts

As soon as Miranda sets off on her journey to Devon. you are hooked into her story. This is a warm, uplifting read which does not shy away from harsher themes but treats them in an optimistic fashion. Miranda is the product of a difficult childhood but has emerged from her young life in care as a resilient and hardworking young woman. She is at a low ebb at the beginning, but you see her respond to the love and kindness of the Howard family and she begins to appreviate the benefits of friendship and belonging.

    The Howard family could form a series in their own right. They are such different characters and I am sure each would have a story to tell. The Devonshire setting is gorgeous and makes you long for Summer. Charity, kindness and helping others are all intrinsic to the story but never treated in a condescending way. Miranda's determination not to take advantage of others makes her a staunch friend and a thoroughly likeable character. This is an enjoyable read, full of community with the odd bitter moment to keep it real.

In short: It costs nothing to be kind... 

Kate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire,  where she lives with her husband, daughter and mischievous cat.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.


You can follow Kate here: Twitter | Facebook 

Book links:  Amazon UK

Thanks to Kate Field, One More Chapter and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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