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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

A White Christmas on Winter Street by Sue Moorcroft #Review


What a treat a festive book by Sue Moorcroft promises to be.  A White Christmas on Winter Street was published by Avon on October 27th

When Sky Terran returns to the village of Middledip after losing the job she loves, she anticipates a quiet Christmas getting used to her new life. However, the annual street decoration competition is coming up and this year, the residents of Winter Street are determined to win.

As she is pulled into the preparations, Sky quickly grows to love the quirky, tight-knit community she is now part of. Including the extremely handsome Daz, who soon becomes more than just a friendly neighbour.

But when Daz’s ex turns up determined to win him back and it seems he might not be the man Sky thought he was, she remembers how much allowing people into her life – and heart – can hurt. As the snow falls, will she and Daz find a way through – and help win a Christmas victory for Winter Street?


My Thoughts

It is absolutely perfect to think of settling down with a Sue Moorcroft novel and one set near Christmas is the icing on the top! Middledip is a great place to return to and although this is a standalone story, there are some familiar aspects for readers who have visited it before. Sky is such an interesting character, with vulnerabilities and strengths in equal measure. Because of her upbringing, she is extremely unsure of how she relates to people and has tended to shy away from friendships as a self- protection reflex.  Her relationships with significant people in her life  can be hard for her but what shines through is her empathy for other people. Her friendship with Courtenay and Wilf is a case in point.

    Full of warmth and hope, I loved every moment of the story. It sparkles with all the snow and festive touches and the romance is gorgeous too, even if everything does not always go smoothly. There are some serious issues within the story which gives it some depth. I enjoyed Sky's love of all things nature and of course the ways in which she tries to conserve resources. The winter walk in the snow when she meets Wilf and Daz is a delightful touch as she points out all the animal tracks to the young boy. In all, one of my favourite festive stories, so far!

In short: A festive winner!

About the Author 

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has reached #1 spot on Amazon Kindle UK as well as top 100 in the US. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Sue’s emotionally compelling, feel-good novels are currently released by publishing giant HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by other publishers in other countries. Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared around the world.

Born in Germany into an army family, Sue spent much of the rest of her childhood in Cyprus and Malta but settled in Northamptonshire, England aged ten. She loves reading, Formula 1, travel, time spent with friends, dance exercise and yoga.

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Thanks to Sue Moorcroft, Avon Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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