Lucy never wanted to abandon her friends and family, and travel to the other side of the country to start a new life. And all without telling anyone where she was going. But these are desperate times. And finding herself with a nightmare of a dilemma, fleeing her home town seems like the only way she can protect herself and those she loves.
The Cornish town of Pengully Sands holds happy childhood memories for Lucy and seems the perfect place to escape to, although having little money and no friends, life at first seems grim.
But a chance meeting with Madison and the rest of the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls, plus a decidedly attractive local guy who won’t take no for an answer, gives Lucy a glimmer of hope for the future. Could she really settle in Pengully Sands and make a living by selling her watercolours in the little seaside town?
But just as life is starting to look rosier, it becomes clear that someone back home – the last person she ever wanted to see – has tracked her down…
The great thing with this authors books, is that whilst we get to meet old and new characters in each new story, they all work perfectly as standalone’s.
What an introduction the reader gets when we meet Lucy. Straight away my interest was piqued as to what had happened and why Lucy felt the need to run away. She picks a great place to run off to though and I could have happily jumped into her camper and gone with her.
This particular novella was slightly more sombre than other books in the series. The author, for the genre, deals with topics that can actually be quite hard hitting. I wanted to wrap Lucy up in my arms as arriving in Pengully Sands doesn’t quite go to plan. If anything I kept tutting away to myself as one particular character takes advantage of Lucy and it made my blood boil.
Parts of the story is interwoven with the previous novel which I loved. As Madison is a character that seems to be growing on me more and more and after this one, well I think she has finally won me over. There seems to be a much nicer side to her and whilst she can still be quite brash, she is definitely fighting Lucy’s corner.
Lucy’s Great Escape was at times a taut and tense read but still a gentle and heartwarming one. My heart and emotions were put through quite a bit on Lucy’s journey but it also in stills that there are some good people out there and one thing we are always guaranteed with the authors books, is the perfect ending to them. My heart is always fit to burst by the end and this one was just the same. I can’t wait to see where the author takes us next, whether it will be Pengully Sands or Sunnybrook or even somewhere new. Either way I will be ready and waiting for the next installment.
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.
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 Little Duck Pond Cafe series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now. Watch out for further tales of the Little Duck Pond Cafe, including the delicious ‘Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake’, which will be published in autumn 2020.
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