Spring isn’t far away now that we are firmly in the new year. Like Spring this book promises new beginnings, however this title has had mixed reactions. I am reading the Author’s work for the first time and read on to find what I thought of it. Happy Reading.
Title : Spring time at the Cider Kitchen
Author: Fay Keenan
Publisher: Aria Fiction
Published: January 1st, 2018
Location set in: Little Somerby, UK
Profession of main characters: Restaurant manager and Business owner
Moving, funny, thoughtful and romantic. Bring on the next one!’ JENNY KANE.
Caroline Hemingway can’t help but feel a little strange watching her ex sister-in-law marrying the owner of Carter’s Cider Farm, but she’s delighted Anna’s found happiness after the death of her late husband, and Caroline’s brother, James. If only Caroline could find her own love story…
Desperate to escape the rat race, Caroline decides to take the plunge and move to the idyllic village of Little Somerby, where she is given the task of opening and running a restaurant in one of the forgotten barns on the Cider Farm.
Opening and running The Cider Kitchen is no easy task, and there are many challenges on the way, but slowly Caroline feels she’s being accepted into the local community, and starts to believe she may have found her forever home. But secrets from her past seem destined to haunt her, and not even the attentions of the very dishy Jonathan Carter can distract her from all she’s left behind…
The Cider Kitchen is a good enough place but, that’s a heavy but dear readers, the story of its residents is a mixed bag. So, what is it that I found heavy you may ask! Let me start with a brief of the story.
Caroline is the lead, she starts over anew at the Cider Kitchen restaurant in a village called Little Somerby. The village is new to her, so are it’s people however the familiar elements are the new job she has been offered at her former sister in law’s family restaurant. So, she has her skills and an old ally by her side as she moves to a new place and job. She is excited and a bit relieved too, as she’s also leaving behind, or at least thinks she is, some unsavory elements of her past. The story comes to a head and plays out in a dramatic end as the past and present of Caroline’s life collide.
Now, the heavy part for me; before the end of the story where things come to a head there’s a whole lot of stuff. I mean before drama, love, confessions happen between the characters there’s a lot of mundane stuff happening. The daily running of a restaurant, few family dramas and a lot of pushing of the emotions under the rug. I felt things moving at a slow pace. The characters really overthinking about expressing their feelings towards each other. And in the end when they do it had lost it’s magic and felt like Oh Finally! Get on with it, type of relieve as a reader.
I haven’t read Fay’s writing before and this story left me in a limbo. I hope to pick up more of her work and see if that’s any different. I do like finding new authors and I’d like to give Fay another chance.
However if you have read the author’s previous book do read this title or follow other blogs on the tour to find out what they think of Springtime at the Cider Kitchen, maybe you’ll find your reason to read.
Fay Keenan was born in Surrey and raised in Hampshire, before finally settling back in the West Country. When Fay is not chasing her children around or writing, she teaches English at a local secondary school. She lives with her husband of fourteen years, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a Weimaraner called Bertie in a village in Somerset, which may or may not have provided the inspiration for Little Somerby.
Reviewed by Bharti