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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 Reboot by Clodagh Murphy #Review

 

I am delighted to feature Clodagh Murphy's The Reboot on the blog today. It was published on October 12th by Balally Books


Ella and Roly have bright futures ahead of them when they meet as teenagers and strike up an unlikely friendship. She has her career in academia all mapped out, and his star is in the ascendant as member of a manufactured boy band.

But ten years later, neither is where they expected to be. A chronic illness forced Ella to abandon her studies and put her dreams on hold, while Roly got kicked out of the band and lost everything – all his money, his career in music, even the underwear-model girlfriend.

When they cross paths again they’re both ready to start over, and they rekindle their friendship as they each try to get back what they lost.

But Ella didn’t tell Roly what really happened the last time they met. And if he finds out, will it be the end of their new beginning?

My Thoughts

This is a pacy romcom with some vivid characters who all add something to the story. Central are Ella and Roly who you meet at different times over the past ten years. There is a huge difference between the lives they expected to have and their present day reality but they begin to see that that is not necessarily a bad thing. There is humour in their repartee which shows you that they have always had a special connection and understanding. 

    Family and friendship are important to them both and the dangers of social media can fool anyone. You can see Ella and Roly's sincerity by the way they treat their family. I also enjoyed the scenes at Ella's work which gave me some laugh out loud moments, particularly in her interview. Facing up to what is important in life and being straight with people are the lessons to be learnt. This is a light-hearted story which masks some serious issues.

 

In short:  great characterisation and humour

 About the Author

 



Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland and loves writing sassy, sexy romantic comedies. She has worked as a bar waitress, cleaner, secretary, editorial assistant, mystery shopper and movie extra. But she always dreamed of being an author, and after more jobs than she cares to remember, she now writes full-time. For more information about her books or to sign up to her newsletter, visit her website at https://clodaghmurphy.com/

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Book link:   Amazon UK

Thanks to Clodagh Murphy, Balally Books and Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour 


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