Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake at the Little Duck Pond Cafe: (Little Duck Pond Cafe, Book 12) by Rosie Green

Today I am really excited to share my review for this lovely autumnal read by Rosie Green, as soon as I saw the book title all I could think of was open fires and toffee apples.

My Review

I am loving reading about the wonderful ladies who run the Little Duck Pond Cafe and on this visit we got to spend more time with Maddy. She is a complicated member of the group who we get to observe and see how life is unravelling from her perspective as well as that of her friends.

I wasn’t sure on whether I liked Maddy’s character as I read, she lost her temper quickly and came across as selfish. However the more time I spent with her the more I could see how lost she was becoming and how this was impacting upon her relationships with those closest to her.

I loved the last 20% of this story and how it all pulled together, it warmed my heart and left me with that lovely fuzzy feeling you get after observing real friendship. Another wonderful addition to this series and I look forward to reading the next instalment, hopefully in the very near future.

Book Blurb

Get set for a wonderful celebration of autumn with all your favourite characters at the Little Duck Pond Cafe!

An autumn fair is coming to Sunnybrook, much to the delight of the villagers. But for Madison, whose personal life seems to be spinning out of control, a roller-coaster is the last thing she needs – especially when it’s her emotions at stake.

Can she convince the delectable Jack that their relationship is worth another shot? Or has their romance ground to a permanent halt like a faulty big wheel? Will she solve the mystery of the missing name on her birth certificate? Or will her discoveries take her on a journey even bumpier than the dodgem cars? One thing’s for sure. Madison is going to need more than a fairground fortune teller to find the answers to her questions, if she’s going to ‘waltz-er’ into the happiest of sunsets…

Available to purchase here

Meet Rosie Green

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, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now.

Rosie will be revisiting the Little Duck Pond Café with a beautiful story of love and friendship at Christmas time, entitled A Kiss in the Snow, out in October 2020.

Where to find Rosie Green

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Kel x

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Posted in Blog Tour, Young Readers 5-9

Today I am sharing my review for the wonderful children’s book – The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for The Story of Babushka, I love the opportunity to visit a different genre and really enjoyed the story and illustrations.

My Review

A lovely story written for children about the meaning of the Babushka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll. I enjoyed the introduction about the Babushka and the toys history in Russia and its links to Russian folklore.

The story is a wonderful way to explain the layers of personality to a child, as each layer is peeled away we get an insight into how each layer contributes to the overall balance of the Babushka doll. I love how it highlights material wealth, friendship and how money and possessions aren’t enough to make you happy.

The layout of the book is easy to read with good size wording so it will appeal to younger children as well. I found this a perfect bedtime story and it is similar to books I read with Daisy when she was younger. I love the illustrations, the font is clear and readable and like how the chapters are kept nice and short to hold a child’s attention.

A wonderful story and I can’t wait to see more reviews as I think this is the perfect bedtime read to share with your little people.

Book Blurb

Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers.

WHAT IS A BABUSHKA?

The babushka doll, also known as a matryoshka or Russian nesting doll, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolise Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women. Babushka dolls are made of wood and painted in bright colours and patterns. Each babushka is comprised of many round dolls, each a little smaller than the last. They separate at the middle so that each doll can be placed inside the one before it. There are some babushka dolls with as many as fifty dolls nested inside. This is the story of one very special babushka doll and her five bodies.

There was the outermost body, Antonia. She was pure beauty. Everyone who saw her admired her good looks. Beneath that body of beauty hid Loretta, who was richly adorned. She wore gold ornaments, and her green robe was decorated with many different gems that glittered like the ocean on a sunny day Hidden within the rich body was Paula, the body that held all Babushka’s talents. Whatever Paula did, she was sure to succeed. She knew how to work and always did so with joy and determination. Within the talented body was Viola, the body of wisdom. Viola knew a lot about the world and learned very quickly. She was always full of brilliant ideas and had clever solutions for every problem. The last body, the smallest of all, was Mary, the embodiment of love. Mary had a warm and compassionate heart and was very helpful. She could dry tears and mend broken hearts.

Available to purchase on Kindle or Hardback

Meet Catherine Flores

Since quitting her full-time job at a branding communication agency in Zurich, Catherine has gone on to become a successful freelance designer and a children’s author. She spends most of her time on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients from around the world.

She is currently working on the follow up to the 2020 release of “The Story Of Babushka”

Where to find Catherine Flores

Author Instagram: www.instagram.com/JourneytoFantastic

The Story of Babushka Instagram: www.instagram.com/StoryofBabushka

Twitter:: www.twitter.com/AuthorFlores

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheStoryofBabushka

Author Website: www.catherineflores.ch

The Story of Babushka Website: www.TheStoryofBabushka.com

YouTube Trailer – https://youtu.be/jKnDGZ2e1VY – Book Trailer

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Kel x

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