I have not been spending enough time reading….I confess, I have been blue lighting in the bedroom….yes, the dreaded phone….
So, once again the mobile phone is banished from the bedroom and the books are returning….I shall be checking Facebook once in the evenings because any more than that quite frankly eats up my time like nothing else….it’s that feeling of maybe missing something important…but what is more important than doing a little living, trying things out, reading, meeting people, cooking, gardening, learning, chatting…..
The last book I read was The Cosy Teashop in the Castle
by Caroline Roberts
“Can Ellie bake her way to a happy ever after?
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?”
This is one warm and fluffy story. It ticks just about all of my happiness boxes…castle, cakes, bunting and pinkness on the cover, cosy teashop, interesting and mysterious man….. It feels gloriously a little National Trust, a little English Heritage with a Bake Off flavour….
The characters are endearing, a little eccentric and hot chocolate sweet with just the right amount of spice….
You get the added bonus of a cake recipe in this one which I will try and share at a later date….
Not everything goes to plan for Ellie and there is a little twist in the tale which I had figured out before it is revealed, but did not dampen my enjoyment of this tale….
It’s a perfect snuggle under the bedcovers or devour on the beach story, easy to read and a proper page turner…..I was not disappointed.
I must admit at this point, yes, I must reveal….that I sat with Caroline in English for many years and she was always the brightest in the class and annoyingly the most glamorous…but incredibly lovely with it….so I am so pleased to finally be reading some of her hard work….
Be warned though by the time the next book comes out I will have cleared out my shed boxes and there are sixth form party pictures in there….(evil cackle)….
Talking of boxes….here they are….
You know when you move house and you sling everything into boxes and then they go into the shed never to be seen again….well, our sheds had to come down to make space for the new garage and now those boxes are in the lounge….yep, there is a room in there somewhere….luckily it’s more of a winter room.. but between now and Christmas this all has to be sorted through, sold, charity shopped, thrown away….just a tad worried about what might be living in the bottom of those boxes…but I shall tackle it with a rolling pin in one hand….
So, things are busy, Ethel goes to most likely fail her MOT tomorrow, depending on transport, yoga classes start next week….I find touching my toes difficult these days so look forward to getting my flexibility back….aim, to do the splits again! I could once you know…. now I am off to read…phone staying securely in the kitchen…
Go get Caroline’s book if you like a good romantic story!