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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

Ten Years by Pernille Hughes #Review


Today I have a real blockbuster of a romance for you. Pernille Hughes' Ten Years will certainly take you on an emotional journey! It was published by One More Chapter on August 31st.

Becca and Charlie have known each other since university.

Becca and Charlies have also hated each other since university.

Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean they can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither of them can walk away from.

And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…

Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally.

Not since Emma and Dex in One Day and Will and Lou in Me Before You will you root for a couple as much.

 My Thoughts

From the start you sense the chemistry between Becca and Charlie but can also see that it is buried under years of a complicated web of friendships. Grief is very raw at the beginning following the death of Ally, who was Becca's best friend and Charlie's fiancee. Ally seems to be a strong presence even though she is no longer alive. Her memory is very real to her friends and family. What you slowly begin to realise is that this influence might be not always a positive thing.

    The story takes you over the years as Becca and Charlie try to follow ally's instructions each year. Her tasks throw them both together and as their lives criss cross, you can see their friendship developing.  This is a romance with poignant moments but also humour. Over the years they meet new people but their shared love for Ally keeps them together. Their banter reconnects them when they meet up again. It is a lovely read which I can visualise as a delightful film. 

In short: laughter and tears

About the Author

Before she moved to writing full-time, Pernille (pronounced Pernilla) Hughes studied Film & Literature at university. After graduating she went into advertising and later on to market Natural History films before working in Children’s television, which meant living in actual Teletubbyland for a while! From 2011–2015, she was a regular contributor for the Sunday Times column ‘Confessions of a Tourist’. She has two novels published to date PROBABLY THE BEST KISS IN THE WORLD and PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (formerly published as Sweatpants At Tiffanie's). Her next book TEN YEARS will be out in August 2022.

Pernille lives in Buckinghamshire and while the kids are at school she scoffs cake and writes stories in order to maintain a shred of sanity.

You can follow Pernille here: ( There's a free story to be had!)  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pernille Hughes Author page 

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


  1. Thank you for reviewing and taking part in the blog tour! x


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