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The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club . It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.     Whatever the question, the answer is wine! They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them… Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy. Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything. And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’

Sun, Sea and Strawberry Shortcake by Rosie Green #Review


I always enjoy a visit to the Little Duck Pond Cafe for another novella by Rosie Green. Sun, Sea and Strawberry Shortcake is number 22 in the series which is quite a feat. 

 It was meant to be a gloriously romantic getaway in Wales for Ruby and Hudson. That was the plan, anyway. But then friends start inviting themselves along, lured by the idea of unwinding in a chocolate-box pretty cottage, wandering the lanes and the coastline, soaking up the sun and the stunningly beautiful Italian-inspired architecture. With Ellie, Jaz, Fen and Madison popping up around every corner, plus another sinister mystery to solve, will the lovebirds ever find time to indulge their desire for sun, sea and . . . strawberry shortcake?

 My Thoughts

We get to go off on a summer break with Ruby and Hudson in this addition to the series so Sunnybrook is left behind. However, four of the characters follow them to the coast. With Ruby and Hudson at the centre, there has to be a mystery to uncover and its outcome wasn't obvious for quite some time. I did worry slightly about Ruby and Hudson's relationship as they seemed to be a bit detached but it did free up Ruby to make a few new friends in the area. 

    Full of the fun and friendship you find in the other books, the novella fits nicely into the series. I do wonder how Rosie Green can keep finding new stories but she does so I am delighted to hear that number 23 is in the pipeline. 

In short: a summer escape for some familiar friends

About the Author


Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘Clara’s Secret Garden’ out in August 2022.

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘Sun, Sea & Strawberry Shortcake’, a sunshine-filled drama full of fun and mystery, out in June 2022 and including the return of character favourites, Ruby and Hudson.


You can read my review of more of this series here:

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Book link: Amazon UK
Thanks to Rosie Green and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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