Ellie’s plan to turn a neighbouring barn into a venue to teach bread-making skills is under way – but when the construction work interferes with the smooth running of the cafe, she comes up with a plan that lifts the hearts of all the Little Duck Pond Café crew. They’ll close for a month and take a well-earned break in the tiny Cornish village of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Agatha, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even having a go themselves).
But when they arrive, the girls find it isn’t quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house’. And the ice cream parlour is sad and run down. Gracie, who runs it, is battling problems of her own, and the last thing she needs is a group of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she has so carefully cultivated for herself. And when a handsome stranger threatens her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Can Gracie find her happy ever after – and even make friends with the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls next door?
This definitely won’t be the relaxing break the girls had planned. But that doesn’t mean it won’t turn out to be the holiday of a lifetime!
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the setting for the books in the Little Duck Pond Cafe. So was very intrigued to see that she had taken the characters but had them go on a wee holiday instead to Cornwall!
The story works really well. It flicks between chapters with the girls from the Little Duck Pond Café and Gracie who has come back to the small village of Pengully Sands to run the ice cream shop.
I really enjoyed Gracie’s character and her story. I love how the author introduces us to new characters, mixed with ones we know from old and creates a totally engaging read that I devour far to quickly as I just love them that much. There’s a fair bit of history in the property that the girls stay in which had me spellbound.
A Cornish Summer Holiday is a book in a series that I hope goes on for a very long time to come. I am addicted to them and they always leave me on a high. I love the wonderful blend of friendships and new relationships with a good helping of romance. Whats not to love?
My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
A Cornish Summer Holiday is available to purchase from Amazon.
Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.
Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.
Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.
Rosie has also written a full-length, standalone book, ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, out now.
Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988