Jul 23, 2019

A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles Review

A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle
 Cosy Kettle #2
By Liz Eeles
Release Date: March 12th, 2019
Source: ARC provided by the Publisher

When Flora finds out about her husband’s secret fling, she escapes to the one place she feels safe: her beloved café, The Cosy Kettle, in the charming village of Honeyford. Serving up cream teas to her café regulars is the perfect way to soothe her broken heart, and although she’s never lived in the area, the little community welcome her with open arms. 

She’s soon lodging with local eccentric Luna in her remote and beautiful Starlight Cottage, snuggled between rolling green hills. Luna’s handsome son Daniel lost his wife several years ago, and as Flora gets to know him, sharing walks through the blossom-scented woods, they both slowly begin to heal… and she realises that behind Daniel’s quiet exterior, there’s a passionate nature that makes her forget all about her ex-husband. 

As she settles into her new life, hosting a baking competition for the village’s summer celebration seems like a great idea… but with Daniel’s mysterious silences leading Flora to believe he’s hiding secrets, she can’t help but wonder if she can really trust him. And when the race to bake the perfect Victoria sponge stirs up old rivalries between locals, Flora starts to feel like she’s bitten off more than she can chew. 

After her new start, will Flora ever truly belong in Honeyford? And, this summer, can she risk opening up her heart again? 

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

We are back in Honeyford, with the second installment in the Cosy Kettle series by Liz Eeles, with the amazingly short name of A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle. In this book we dive into one of the newcomers to Honeyford; Flora!  

Now if you had read book one, you would know that Flora is the proud owner of the book shop and part-owner of the Cosy Kettle, and after suffering through the nasty twitter attack, everything seems to be going well. Until she heads home one evening to the restaurant she owns with her husband, to overhear him talking to a waitress about the secret affair they have been having, and that truly blows the roof off her world. 

Once again Liz Eeles writes a beautiful story not only about Stella and her life, but also about a community, and that is one of the many reasons why I love her books. We also get to renew our acquaintance with old characters and meet a lot of new ones as well. And in true Liz Eeles style, she doesn’t shy away from tough subjects, which always keeps the story feeling realistic, which is why I keep going back to her amazing books. 

I give A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle 5 stars. 

Liz writes funny, feel-good romantic comedies set in the Cotswolds and Cornwall, in the UK. She was brought up in Gloucestershire so the Cotswolds are 'home', and she fell in love with Cornwall during family holidays there as a child. She has happy memories of building sandcastles in the rain and listening to the foghorn - though the sun did come out sometimes.

Liz worked as a journalist for years and brought up a family on the south coast of England, all the while writing fiction on the quiet. After being short-listed in a couple of national novel-writing competitions, her dream of being a published author came true when she was signed up by Bookouture. 

When not writing, Liz likes walking by the sea, catching up with friends and binge-watching box sets.

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