Title: The Cosy Teashop in the Castle
Author: Caroline Roberts
Series: – –
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
Available: Feb 25th
When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.
When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?
Source: ARC from HarperImpulse via NetGalley
This book definitely lives up to its title – it’s a cosy, comfort read with nice characters and a gorgeous setting. If you like baking, reading about a woman following her dreams and finding herself and love along the way, then this is definitely for you.
Personally, it took me a while to get into this. Quite possibly because it takes a while for it to actually get going. There also wasn’t enough of the castle for my tastes, and it might have been nice if there had been a bit more of Lord Henry, since I found him quite an interesting character. Actually, beyond Ellie and Joe, I would have liked to have got to know any of the other characters better, since they’re mostly just background filler, which was a bit of shame.
Those things aside, though, this was enjoyable. Ellie is a nice woman finally taking control of her life. She’s determined and never afraid of hard work, although she has a fair few troubles falling into her path along the way. Not least Joe, with his hot-and-cold attentions and his own secrets and troubles that leave him brooding around the place.
Speaking of the place, Northumberland definitely plays its own part in this book – in a beautiful, beautiful way. It left me wanting to get into the car and drive north. In the same way that the story might leave you craving cake, particularly of the choffee kind – but it also comes with the recipe included, if you’re that way inclined.
Overall this is sweet and enjoyable. It didn’t perhaps grab my attention or pull on my heartstrings in the way I might have hoped, but I did like it. If you’re looking for something easy and cosy, with some nice cake and a stunning backdrop, then you should give this a try.
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle is out February 25th!
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