New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles – Book Review

New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle –  Published by Bookouture (12 Mar. 2019) Amazon 

When Callie Fulbright anxiously awaits the new owner of the bookshop where she works she has no idea what opportunities lie ahead.  She’s excited to discover her long dismissed dream of a cafe in the bookshop is to be realised when new owner gives her the go-ahead to revamp the dusty back room into the Cosy Kettle Cafe.

Just when things are looking up, the return of the man who broke her heart sets her emotions spinning. At the same time someone’s trying to ruin the cafe’s reputation. Is there a connection?

We follow Callie as she rediscovers Noah and finds out what really happened before he left.

This is a lovely story about caring Callie and how she welcomes people into the cafe and her life, helping them along the way. Will she welcome Noah back into her life too?

I really enjoyed this book, my first Liz Eeles and I know it won’t be my last. New starts and cherry tarts is a funny romantic story about friends and family, perfect for a spring read. The characters are likeable and Callie has her hands full with her thrill seeking grandfather who brings fun to the book. Definitely one to bring a smile to your face and a tug on the heartstrings.

Highly recommended ✫✫✫✫✫

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This Charming man by Marian Keyes – Book Review

In a recent conversation about Author Marian keyes I said ‘I’ve never read any of her books’ so on recommendation I’ve started with:  This Charming Man

At first I couldn’t get into this book, the opening passages are written ‘diary like’ and very disjointed and I did wonder if this was the writer’s usual style, which I didn’t like at all.

I soon realised this was only for the opening character Lola, as the four main characters, all women, each have their own voice (and font).

Written in sections it flows back and forth between the women all connected by ‘the charming man’ politician Paddy De Courcy.

I thought the characters believable and their connection to each other plausible. I mistakenly thought this book was going to be a light read as it begins with Lola, a fashion stylist to the rich and famous of Dublin. It is not a light read, this book covers domestic violence, alcoholism and depression and the harrowing effects on the women’s lives.

I believe this story isn’t typical of a Marian Keyes book and although it’s not my usual read I carried on to the end, despite it’s length (very long).

I liked Lola and Grace especially and I wanted to know what happened to all of the women, and did Paddy get his come-uppance? Well I’ll leave that for you to discover, but the ending was a surprise I hadn’t envisaged and I enjoyed it.

I am going to read another Marian Keyes book as I do think she’s a good story teller, it will probably be her new book The Break, which started my original conversation about this author.