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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

Brooklyn Monroe Wants It All by Karen Booth #Review #NeverTooLateBook2

Today we have the second in Karen Booth's series, Never Too Late, entitled Brooklyn Monroe Wants It All.

She can’t hit the snooze on her biological clock forever…

Love, career, kids—Brooklyn Monroe wants it all. Her beauty company? A triumph. Her love life? Total fail. At 42, that makes motherhood her top priority. With no man in her life, she’s prepared to fly solo, but her plan is derailed when a mailing list mishap turns Brooklyn into a someone-get-me-pregnant internet meme. Making her PR nightmare go away entails a soul-baring interview on national TV. And the guy asking the questions? Her all-too sexy ex.

Talk show host Alec Trakas is the king of bad timing. Case in point, his heartbreaking romance with Brooklyn. Alec was all about commitment but Brooklyn was launching her start-up, and forever wasn’t in the cards. Now a shot at his ultimate dream job depends on convincing Brooklyn to spill the secrets leading to her viral celebrity. It sets Alec’s star rising, but puts Brooklyn in a sea of flirty men. Fate has thrown them back together. Sparks are flying. But is the timing finally right? Because having it all might not be worth the risk of losing each other again.

 My Thoughts

This is a fun read which features a likeable and lively central character, Brooklyn who has reached that age when her biological clock has rung and she realises that time is running out if she wants to be a mother. Of course, although she has been used to getting her own way in her successful business, this turns out to be a bit more problematical. 

    Much of this story is about bad timing and how certain opportunities come up at the most inconvenient time. Both Alec and Brook have to decide where their priorities lie and to re-evaluate their friendship. I enjoyed the secondary characters, such as Brook's family and Alec's colleagues at the TV company where what you see is not necessarily what you get. Brook's business is rooted in the beauty business and it is often difficult to know who can be trusted. Although written as part of a series, this can be easily read as a standalone. It has humour and romance, a really entertaining read.

In short: Is it too late for a second chance?

About the Author

Karen Booth is a midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on '80s music and repeated readings of "Forever" by Judy Blume. Karen writes contemporary romance and women's fiction, almost always about the dreamy guy you never thought you'd get. Her stories are full of breathless kisses, tearjerker moments, family dynamics, and more than a few things she's glad her grandmother never read.

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Thanks to Karen Booth and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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