Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.
Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.
But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.
Millicent Hopkin has upped sticks and bought herself the old bakery in the idyllic village of Honeybourne . Unfortunately she bought it unseen, and “old” appears to describe it nicely. It needs work and money and sadly the latter is in short supply. The reason for the panicked move is only hinted at, but it’s clear that whatever it is important enough for Millie to want to escape.
Her arrival in a small village is instantly noticed and she attracts the attention of several characters that we get to know well. The feckless and charming Dylan, his sister, the delightful Jasmine and her husband Rich, their friend Spencer and Millie’s new found and elderly neighbour Ruth.
As the cover clearly tells us this is a feel good romantic comedy, we have a fairly good idea, that whatever the trials and tribulations our characters are faced with, we can hopefully be satisfied with a happy ending, for some if not all.
I really enjoyed this book, it was easy from the start to be hooked by the story line, partly because of the mystery at the heart of Millie’s move which made you want to find out what had happened. Similarly despite the surface bon homie and village togetherness among the other characters, there are also underlying tensions waiting to surface. It’s hard not to fall in love with the village characters we meet, though Millie at times, does make you sit back and wonder, what is going on? Her elderly neighbour Ruth, is a real comic character, that helps to keep the mood light, when at times things get a bit darker, especially with the arrival of Rowena, a major player in Millie’s past.
I have no intention of revealing anything of the plot, other than to see it was a real mix of light and shade, that kept me hooked to the end. It had all the elements I want from a good romantic comedy and I was delighted when I reached the end to discover that a return visit to Honeybourne is in the pipeline. If I had any criticism, I felt there was less cake than the title suggested, so in the sequel please can I have more cake.
I received a free ecopy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.