Hello lovely readers, summer is on it’s peak here in India and my reading, reviewing has definitely slowed. However, I read today’s review title a while back, it is a good story however it didn’t blow my socks off. Is perfect for a leisurely read to meet it’s quirky, misfit band of characters. Happy Reading.
The review is part of the Blog Tour organized by the lovely Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources, check out the other blogs on the tour too.
Little Teashop of Horrors
Secrets, lies, carrot cake and an owl called Skrillex!
Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes!
There is one man who notices Amy. Joshua Wilson also works at Monkpark, where he flies his birds of prey for visitor entertainment. He lives a lonely existence but he has reasons for choosing isolation – and, in Amy, he may have found somebody who understands.
Then a management change brings slick and well-spoken Edmund Evershott to Monkpark. He’s interested in Amy too, but for what reason? Josh suspects the new manager is up to no good – but will Amy? Because Edmund could leave her with much worse than a broken heart…
Amy is our lead in this story, set in a heritage house in the UK. She along with her best friend run the cafe on site, the girl are poles apart in personality but have a strong bond of friendship keeping them together. Like them the other employees on site are quirky, having characteristics and habits that will make you laugh for sure. Be it the gardener, the manager or the owl runner Josh. Together it’s a mix of characters which will grab your attention.
The story of the horror filled teashop is more a grim, boring situation the girls find themselves in. They do make the most of it in the small village as there’s never a dull moment. You would think the story being set in and surrounded by history and past will be less or devoid of adventure but there’s plenty of drama happening.
The drama of daily life, small town, office politics gives the story its high moments in an otherwise mundane lives of the characters. There’s an underlying hope, strength of close knit communities and love in unexpected places which make this a good story for me.
Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, three cats and two dogs! Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first-class honours degree in creative writing. Jane writes comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’. Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her Christmas novella, Christmas at the Little Village School, was the winner of the RONA Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2018.
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Reviewed by Bharti