I am so excited to be involved in another blog tour for this author, as she is now a firm favourite of mine. I’ve read a few books from this long and successful series, though in typical Ceri style I’ve dipped in and out and not read them in the right order, and I love that this author makes that easy to do with this series. Once again, this is a gorgeous cover and I had high hopes that the book inside would be even more gorgeous.
Ellie’s brand new enterprise, the True Loaf Bakery, is finally open and classes are due to start. But when Katja’s ski-ing holiday ends in disaster, a new teacher must be found very quickly. Anita is up for the challenge, but – fresh from a break-up and an operation that’s left her feeling physically and emotionally vulnerable – the last thing she’s looking for when she moves to Sunnybrook is a new relationship. So it’s Sod’s law that she should find herself with not one but two guys vying for her attention. Sven, from Denmark, is a bit of an enigma – but maybe passion lurks beneath his cool reserve?
And as for twenty-five-year-old football coach Ross – surely she’d be asking for trouble getting involved with a gorgeous man a decade her junior? (Although her football-mad son Rufus seems to love him.)
Moving in with Bertha proves a real comfort – but can Anita get to the bottom of what’s troubling the older woman?
Anita’s job at the True Loaf Bakery is only temporary, but she finds herself drawn ever deeper into life in the village – especially when she finds a child’s bracelet from long ago, in the rubble of the newly-renovated building. Solving the mystery of who it belongs to takes Anita on a journey of discovery – a journey that might just help her discover what her own heart really needs…
I have adored this uplifting and beautiful book. Rosie’s easy and honest style of writing allows me to quickly build a connection with the characters, especially Anita and Bertha.
I love the fact that the basis of the story is romance and repairing yourself after a relationship breakdown, but the author explores other quite pertinent issues for women of Anita and Bertha’s age, including menopause, family and making peace with the past.
The narrative is dramatic and provides lots of twists and turns throughout. Once again, I was left unsure which path Anita would take and whether Anita and Bertha would have the happy ending they deserve?
Overall, this has been a heart-warming and engrossing book about acceptance and second chances.