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Published: 7 October 2016
Reviewed: 15 November 2016

3.5 our of 5 stars

Copy supplied by HarperImpluse in return for an honest review

 

Description:

From sleigh bells to wedding bells . . .

After a rocky start, Ellie Hall baked her way into everyone’s hearts at Claverham Castle – even the miserly Lord Henry was won over – and the run-down teashop regained its old sparkle.

Now Ellie has upgraded cupcakes for fairytale masterpieces as the proud caterer for an ever-growing list of weddings at the castle. The teashop team love baking to the tune of happy ever afters, but can they pull together when a certain bridezilla pushes them all to boiling point?

Christmas is just around the corner, and a last minute booking threatens to snow the team under. Ellie and her hunky hubby Joe have their own Christmas dreams to chase, but they’re determined to pull through and give this special couple the winter wonderland wedding they deserve.

Will Christmas at the Cosy Teashop be a showstopper to remember?

My Thoughts & Review:

The Cosy Christmas Teashop is the second book by Caroline Roberts to feature Ellie and the teashop at Claverham Castle in Northumberland, but fear not, if like me you are in the mood for a light and uplifting festive read this can easily be read without having read The Cosy Teashop in the Castle.

As well as running the teashop at the castle, Ellie is also the wedding planner/coordinator, a role that causes her no end of stress when it comes to one particular wedding.  Juggling the weddings and rustling up a batch of cookies sounds like a normal day for Ellie Hall and she seems to take it all in her stride.  The team she has in the teashop are fantastic, their individual personalities coming through so clearly from vivid descriptions.  Another things that is tantalisingly well described is the mouthwatering bakes being whipped up in the teashop, this is a book that will make you feel hungry!  The settings are also very vivid, the reader can almost see the beautiful grounds of the castle, the lovely great hall all decked out for weddings and the Christmas fayre.

I found that this was an easy book to read, one that I could curl up with and completely turn off for the evening.  There is a gentle ease about the book that encourages the reader to get cosy and comfortable and get caught up in the tales within.  The only downside to the book for me was that at times I felt that there was a little too much information.  That’s not a criticism of the author, she makes to make sure that readers continuing from The Cosy Teashop in the Castle feel that things link up but also wants to ensure that new readers don’t feel that they’ve missed out on anything pertinent.  But for me it just felt a little repetitive and distracting – probably says more about me than the book.

Definitely a book worthy of being on your Christmas reads list, it’s delightfully humorous in places, heartbreakingly sad at others but overall the magic of Christmas shines through.  The ending for me was just so absolutely lovely – a proper Disney happy ever after moment.

You can buy a copy of The Cosy Christmas Teashop here.

 

About the Author:

Family, friends, food, a glass of bubbly and, of course, a good book make me smile. I love writing emotional stories about love, loss, and family, that explore how complex and yet beautiful love can be. I also like to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of flirty fun too! I believe in following your dreams and working hard towards them, which led me to HarperImpulse (HarperCollins) and a publishing deal (woop!) after many years of writing. Stunning Northumberland is my home – sandy beaches, castles and gorgeous countryside that have inspired my writing.

For more information about Caroline’s books you can check out her blog carolinerobertswriter.blogspot.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @_caroroberts

 

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