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A Cornish Summer Holiday (Little Duck Pond Café) by Rosie Green **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy hump day peeps!

Cannot believe this is the 10th installment in this charming series! And if it weren’t for Rachel it might have never been on my radar and I would’ve really missed out! 🍦

My Thoughts

Ice cream and surfboards and hauntings, oh my! Rosie Green has created a delightful series where the books just keep getting better and better. This is the 10th book in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series, but don’t let that scare you off. The books are all quick and fun reads you can get caught up in no time. This book can also absolutely be read as a standalone, and it is a good kicking off point, all the major characters are in the story, and we are introduced to the main character in the next book. Renovations are happening at the Little Duck Pond Cafe so the girls decide to take a girls holiday to Cornwall. They are super excited for sun, sand, and surf, however when they reach their beach cottage things aren’t exactly what they were expecting. The cottage is in need of major reparations, the roof leaks, the kitchen is unusable, and the cottage might even be haunted? Gracie has returned to run the family ice cream shop in this small Cornwall Village after the death of her mother. The Business is struggling, but Gracie is determined to honor her mother’s memory. When the girls meet Gracie just like with everybody else they welcome her into their fold and are more than happy to help her out. They also take it upon themselves to oversee renovations on Sea Captain cottage and try to uncover the mystery behind the house. The story is told from two perspectives Gracie and The girls. The girls perspective is told in first person from Ellie, But we are privy to what Jaz, Fen, Katya, and Maddison are up to as well. We also get snippets of what is going on back at home in Sunnybrook. An engaging story that lifted my spirits and made me smile!

This book in emojis 🍦 🏄🏻‍♀️ 🛠 🏖 🏚 👻 🧱 🧁

*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Café

The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Cornish seaside town of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice-cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even have a go themselves). But when they arrive, the girls find it’s not quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house.’ Gracie, who runs the ice-cream parlour, has problems of her own and the last thing she needs is a bunch of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she craves. And when a handsome stranger looks set to destroy her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Will Gracie get her happy ending – and maybe even make friends with the girls next-door? This wasn’t the relaxing break the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be the holiday of a lifetime!

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About the Author

Author Bio –

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Rosie is currently writing a full-length book, ‘Lucy’s Great Cornish Escape’, which – in a fun twist – will feature favourite characters from the Little Duck Pond Café series.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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Time Out by Emma Murray **Book Review** @rararesources @boldwoodbooks

Happy Wednesday all!

This was such a fun and authentic story about the good, the bad, and the ugly of motherhood!💁🏻‍♀️

My Thoughts

A hilarious and authentic look at motherhood, the good, the bad, the ugly. Emma Murray has infused this delightful story with loads of wit, whimsy, and humor. As a mother of three adult children (almost) I appreciated this realistic dive into the most remarkable yet most challenging job I’ve ever had. Saoirs is a stressed out sleep deprived mother to precocious four-year-old Anna. Her controlling neat freak husband David has been growing distant. Saoirs has been working as a ghost writer for business publications so when her agent reaches out to see if she would be interested in writing a book about motherhood she is thrown off. How can she possibly write a book about the joys of being a mother when it is a constant struggle. Completely overwhelmed Saoirs is in need of a TIME OUT. Tantruming toddlers, judgmental mommies, hostile teachers, supportive friends, cheating husband, arctic swimming, disturbing dreams, repaired relationships.

This was so fun! I loved Saoirs and would have loved to be one of her mommy friends. The pretentious “organic” mommies were hilarious. I remember being a new mother and so worried I was doing everything wrong and absolutely convinced everyone else was doing everything right. I never made any homemade baby food, never used cloth diapers, breast-feeding was not for me, gave my kids Cheerios, let them watch television…. and you know what? My kids are thriving! I really appreciated the realism in the story and it brought back so many memories both good and bad.

This book in emojis 👨‍👩‍👧 🤱🏻 🍼 🍷 🏊‍♀️ 🧊 💁🏻‍♀️

*** Big thank you to Boldwood Books for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

Time Out

‘It’s just a phase,’ they said. ‘These are the happiest years of your life,’ they said…

Mother of one and professional writer Saoirse (pronounced Seersha, not Searcy – thanks a bunch Game of Thrones!) is still adjusting to the demands of motherhood, four years after the birth of her daughter, Anna.

Living in the claustrophobic London suburb of Woodvale, and being surrounded by passive-aggressive mum-wars, isn’t helping. Neither is her increasingly pent-up anger at her once-perfect husband. Her only comrade in arms, best friend Bea, is the one thing keeping her sane.

When Saoirse’s agent asks her to pitch for a book, she is horrified to discover the topic is motherhood. How can she possibly write a ‘warts and all’ account of being a mother without giving away what it’s really like?

Laugh-out-loud funny, painfully well-observed, but with an unmistakable warmth and unforgettable characters, this is the perfect antidote to all those parenting bibles that bear absolutely no relation to real life. The novel may or may not have been inspired by real life…

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Author Bio –

Emma Murray is originally from Co. Dublin and moved to London in her early twenties. After a successful career as a ghostwriter, she felt it was high time she fulfilled her childhood dream to write fiction.

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Have a wonderful day! XOXO Berit☀️✨