Liz Eeles returns to the blog with the first in a new series, set in a Cotswolds village and full of laughter, hope, love and second chances. Please read on for my review of
New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle
Callie has her life, quiet as it is, planned out and stable, or at least she thought. Her grandfather Stanley, who turned eighty and then stated “living his best life” with plans to skydive, participate in “wild” swimming and speaking the unvarnished truth to friends and those around him means she’s never entirely sure what will appear with the deliveryman next. Add to that, she’s got a new boss at the bookshop she’s spent the past 3 years working at, and she’s already dancing about with being late on the boss’ first morning. Never the boldest person at the best of times, Callie spent her childhood trying to avoid her constantly bickering parents – while they loved each other it seems as if their relationship hinged on the frequent and constant arguments that sent her off to her grandparents’ house for quiet – where she was welcomed by Stanley and Moira, fed Battenberg cake and could hear herself think.
Callie’s new boss, Fiona, is pulled together, successful and appears to be in control – something Callie aspires to, and while Callie’s nature is calming and comforting for those around her, her own ability to access her emotions, particularly the unpleasant ones, or those that will cause conflict, preferring to smooth over tough patches and tell herself that it’s not a big deal, or that she didn’t really want to say something in that moment. Here is where Liz Eeles excels – she creates characters that feel plausible and possible, those that encourage empathy and always have that one friend (or more) who pushes for them to be more confident – cheering them on because, at heart, they are lovely people who deserve all the best things possible.
And, Callie’s got those friends, both from her school days and as a result of her nurturing and kindly nature, not to mention her grandfather Stanley, who, while he seems to be off with the fairies in his own ‘discovery’ of his new and more adventurous self, mostly a result of his missing his wife and son, Callie’s father – their deaths hit him hard, and with some encouragement from a Sunday Magazine article that comes with the paper, he’s full of new ideas, pity ‘new-age’ sayings, and wearing skinny jeans with t-shirts meant for tween girls. But this, as much as it’s a story of a small town and the goings on, it’s also a story of Callie growing and changing, learning to speak her mind and allow those emotions she’s stuffed down to escape, and discover that, despite her own lack of self-confidence, there’s far more to her than one might think. All the ‘ones’ that is, with the exception of her friends and her schoolboy crush/boyfriend Noah – and once they work out just why they split, and where they could go – the pieces of the puzzle that is life (at least in that moment with not one, but two, successful tea shops under her belt) Callie’s got more on her plate when she truly FEELS happiness and excitement.
Title: New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle
Author: Liz Eeles
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 12 March, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love. She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: The Cosy Kettle. Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledging business she’s built.
But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago, but when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest…
As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved.
Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?
Fans of Cathy Bramley, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan will fall in love with the Cosy Kettle café, where slices of lemon meringue pie are served in the sun-dappled garden – and where Callie’s new beginning collides with an old flame…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.