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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’

Kind Hearts and Carrot Cake by Rosie Green #Review #LittleDuckPondCafeBook26


I am thrilled that we are returning to Sunnybrook for another novella by Rosie Green. Kind Hearts and Carrot Cake is number 26 in the Little Duck Pond Cafe  series. 


When you suddenly find yourself loveless and penniless, how on earth do you make it through? An emotional but ultimately uplifting story of one woman's struggles to get by, and the special someone who brings hope and happiness to light up her world...



My Thoughts

In this latest return to Sunnybrook, we follow Jen’s story. Recent developments in her personal life have meant that she finds herself struggling to provide a stable home for her son and even to put food on the table. This is a shock to her as she has always let others make her decisions and provide for her. In this story, Jen has a lot of growing up to do.  

    You get to meet a few familiar characters and to take a trip to the Little Duck Pond Cafe but also to find a few new areas of the village and some new characters. There is a slow burn romance and the realisation that all is not as it seems and not everyone can be trusted. Ultimately, this is an uplifting story which shows how some people want to help others and that it is very easy for people to fall on hard times. 

In short: friendships and relationships 


About the Author 

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. ‘Clara’s Secret Garden’, the first in a trilogy telling Clara’s story, was published in August 2022, and ‘A Winter Wish’ and ‘Clara’s Christmas Magic’, followed. Look out for ‘The Cheesecake Challenge’, out in April 2023.


You can read my reviews 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 event. 

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