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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

Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin #Review


Here is another glorious festive read! Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin was published on October 28th by HQ Digital. 

‘Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe…

Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world, so she’s gutted when her Scrooge-alike boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium. But now she finally has a chance to follow her dreams – and what better place to start than the home of Christmas?

Before she can say ‘sleigh bells’, Flora’s on her way to Lapland in a campervan-cum-Christmas-shop. She can’t wait to spend her days drinking hot chocolate and taking reindeer-drawn carriage rides, but something Flora didn’t expect was meeting Connor, a Norse god of a man who makes her heart flutter and snowflakes swirl in her stomach. There’s just one problem: Connor hates Christmas.

Can Flora convince Connor of the joys of Christmas – and will she find a festive romance along the way?

 My Thoughts

This is one of those joyous festive reads which I loved. Flora is an interesting character, with some quirky traits and the tendency to wear her heart on her sleeve. She has never quite felt that she fitted in anywhere and sets out to join the van Lifers and travel to Lapland. She is the ideal person to do this with her absolute love of all things Christmas and her firm belief that the Christmas spirit enhances everything. Once there, she meets up with a whole variety of characters, not all of whom are as keen on festive celebrations as she is. Connor, the manager responsible for making sure the Van Lifers follow the rules. He hates Christmas as much as Flora adores it.

    Any reader of this romcom is going to love the setting with its glorious northern light skies and beautiful snowy forest rides. The local Christmas market sounds so inviting. I also smiled at Flora's love of the Hallmark movie and egged on by her friend how she wanted to be the heroine in her own Hallmark story. Friendship is shown to endure no matter the distance as Flora looks for somewhere to call home and someone to belong to.

In short: finding romance below the northern lights

About the Author

Rebecca Raisin
is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She's been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

 You can follow Rebecca here: Website  |  Twitter   |  Facebook

Book link: Amazon US   |   Amazon UK  |   Amazon AUS

Thanks to Rebecca Raisin,HQ Digital and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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