Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 27 December 2018
“Sadie is a single mum, nursing a broken heart. Her best friend from childhood, Cat, is burned out from working long hours as a chef in Paris. In need of a change, they decide to invest in their dream – running their own handmade biscuit shop in gorgeous Castle Court, a three-storey food court tucked away behind Chester’s bustling streets.
They soon discover that Castle Court has its own community – a little haven of delight against the stresses of the outside world. But not everyone welcomes the new business; the patisserie owner is less than pleased by what she sees as direct competition and Greg, who runs the fancy bistro that dominates one end of the courtyard, doesn’t think Sadie and Cat have the talent or business acumen to succeed. Luckily, there’s support in the form of the delectable Jaren, who owns the Dutch waffle house opposite Smart Cookies, and Swiss chocolate-shop owner, Elin. And if all else fails, the friends can drown their sorrows in Seb’s cocktail bar on the third floor!”
What a warm and welcoming read, right from the very start I felt like I’d known Sadie and Cat for years and was just as nervously excited as they were about their new biscuit venture. As for Castle Court, I couldn’t wait to find out more about the charming little shopping haven and its occupants – I had a feeling that it held a lot of interesting stories!
The characters lives changed in many ways as the seasons passed and I must confess I didn’t always agree with some of the decisions being made. The lovely style of writing and clear descriptions meant that I could visualise each scene easily and imagine I was right there in Castle Court. If only I was able to taste some of the delicious treats on offer!
To begin with I thought the romantic side of the storyline might be a little too fast-paced for my liking but I was wrong, there were plenty of complications and obstacles to hold my interest along the way.
* A Christmas surprise
* An awkward icing evening
* Celebrating Cherie
* “Mummy says tears wash the sadness away so that happiness can grow again”
* Dinosaur bridesmaid
A delightful read full of warm characters and tasty treats – I had biscuits on my brain the entire time I was reading!
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