A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle: A feel good, laugh out loud romantic comedy

A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle: A feel good, laugh out loud romantic comedy

by Liz Eeles

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Love love love this book so much! It's absolutely incredible… anyone who is a fan of a lovely heartwarming book, should definitely read this!’ Goodreads reviewer ?????

The Cosy Kettle café is the perfect place to escape this summer, for fans of Cathy Bramley, Jenny Colgan and Debbie Johnson. Guests can tuck in to fruit puddings and strawberry-studded ice cream, but for Flora, the warm summer breeze is blowing in big changes…

When Flora finds out about her husband’s secret fling, she escapes to the one place she feels safe: her beloved café, The Cosy Kettle, in the charming village of Honeyford. Serving up cream teas to her café regulars is the perfect way to soothe her broken heart, and although she’s never lived in the area, the little community welcome her with open arms.

She’s soon lodging with local eccentric Luna in her remote and beautiful Starlight Cottage, snuggled between rolling green hills. Luna’s handsome son Daniel lost his wife several years ago, and as Flora gets to know him, sharing walks through the blossom-scented woods, they both slowly begin to heal… and she realises that behind Daniel’s quiet exterior, there’s a passionate nature that makes her forget all about her ex-husband.

As she settles into her new life, hosting a baking competition for the village’s summer celebration seems like a great idea… but with Daniel’s mysterious silences leading Flora to believe he’s hiding secrets, she can’t help but wonder if she can really trust him. And when the race to bake the perfect Victoria sponge stirs up old rivalries between locals, Flora starts to feel like she’s bitten off more than she can chew.

After her new start, will Flora ever truly belong in Honeyford? And, this summer, can she risk opening up her heart again?

Readers are loving A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle:

Funny, heart-warming and totally addictive, I just couldn't put it down… an absolutely smashing book.’ Mrs C’s Honest Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘I have fallen in loveI adored this book… I rate this book ????? and highly recommend it to all who are looking for a summer escape.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I loved this bookbrilliant characters… a page turner from the start… warm, charming and laugh out loud funny. A thoroughly enjoyable story.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A fabulous, feel-good book filled with yummy food, fantastic characters, a cafe that I desperately want I visit and a storyline that will leave you smiling from ear to ear

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786816702
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 369,287
File size: 671 KB

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A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle: A feel good, laugh out loud romantic comedy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gaele 4 months ago
Returning to Honeyford and the Cosy Kettle Café tucked in the bookshop, this story is focusing on Flora, the new owner of the bookshop and her struggles to make things work, even when her husband Malcolm is subtly (and not so) undermining her efforts. Again the little town, while looking at her cautiously, is open to hearing and supporting her, particularly when she discovers that Malcolm is having an affair with a waitress in his restaurant, and tries to blame Flora’s preoccupation with the bookshop as the reason. While Flora is struggling to find a way to continue to say no to Malcolm’s demands, she is rescued by Luna, the owner of the ‘new age’ shop in town, and offered a refuge in terms of room and space in her cottage. Moving in with Luna to her cottage offers her a space to sleep, beautiful views, a vegan meal and interactions with Daniel and his young son Caleb. Yet Daniel and Malcolm are not thrilled with Fiona’s new choice of living space: Malcolm because he wants her back to be a ‘helper’ (read unpaid dogs body) at the restaurant, and Daniel is worried that Fiona is looking to take advantage of his mum. It doesn’t help that Caleb had an ’accident’ in the café, with spillage and dents involved, and Fiona (already having a bad day) was less than understanding. But, she’s got so much on her plate AND is desperate to find a “fit’ in the little town of Honeyford that she’s all in for the upcoming festival: one where their 900+ year old Royal Charter for the market will be celebrated with an ‘all hands on deck’ event in town. Being more than a bit of a snob, her husband doesn’t think that she is spending her time ‘usefully’, and is doing his best to manipulate, degrade and bully her back into ‘her place’ so his life can proceed unfettered. Yet, despite her personal tumult, Flora is determined to make the bookshop (and their participation in the festival) a success, and pushes back at Malcolm’s efforts to bring her back home. Like the first (New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle), Eeles brings us everything: a palpable feel of the town, clever and rather eccentric characters who all have a ‘point’ to make in the story, a sense of community and the actual goodwill and openness to Flora and her efforts to fit in. It wasn’t all an easy or straightforward path for her, but when she took a bit of Luna’s advice, Eeles again created a story where Flora was allowed to grow and flourish, finding a new and different way to define her place in the world and her acceptance into the little village. A lovely series that will be sure to leave you with a smile and more than a few moments to laugh. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
MaimeosAngelsEL 4 months ago
Liz Eeles is a new author to me and this was a fun read that I really enjoyed. The title of the book intrigued me as did the blurb. The writing was descriptive and certainly drew me to Honeyford and the wonderful people who live there. Flora is the owner of the cafe and bookshop, married for twenty years, she finds out her husband cheated and now she is questioning her life. Will Honeyford accept her or is she doomed to remain an outsider? I really disliked Flora’s cheating ex and was happy she left him. I was happy to see the sparks fly between Flora and Daniel. The secondary characters were entertaining, particularly Luna, a woman who has a mystic shop in the high street. She is quirky, unique, caring and compassionate. There is so much to enjoy in this story. The parade, the Charter Day event, the love of community was heart warming. The friendship between Flora and Luna was intriguing and added to the enjoyment.
KimReadsBooks 3 months ago
Loved this! The first book in the Honeyford series was a great read so I was excited to read the second book. Poor Flora, the readers realized how terrible Malcolm was in book one. It’s great to finally see her get a the happy ending she deserves. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series and I will be picking up all of the authors other books!
WhisperingStories 4 months ago
We are back at the Cosy Kettle cafe in Honeyford. This time the book focuses on Flora who owns the bookshop that the cafe is inside. Flora returns home early one afternoon and finds her husband Malcolm in a compromising situation with one of his waitresses from the restaurant he owns. Although he begs Flora to stay she decides she needs some time to think about her situation. She has been married for a long time and doesn’t like the prospect of being on her own, she also doesn’t like the idea of her husband being with other women. She decides that the attic of the bookshop is a good place to stay until she sees all the spiders and cobwebs, so she is relieved when Luna who owns the magical shop a few doors down offers her a room at her house. However, she wasn’t expecting Luna’s son Daniel and his young son to be living there too, especially when she has recently had a run-in with Daniel. There is also the summer celebrations to sort out and a mysterious author of a book she loves. Will Flora return to Malcolm and give their marriage another try or will she find the courage to leave her marriage behind and move on with her life? It was lovely to return to Honeyford. I loved the first book, New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle, but I was little apprehensive reading this second book as the main character this time, Flora, I didn’t really take to in book one. As the book evolved I began to warm towards Flora. She is a lovely woman once you manage to peel back that tough exterior, although I was really surprised when the author wrote she was in her 40s as the way she acted and her mannerisms came across as someone much older. I was expecting her to be well into her 50s. There is a lot going on in this book, from Flora’s marriage issues, the summer celebrations, Daniels son’s problems with school and the mysterious writer of a book that is taking Honeyford residents by storm. I never like Malcolm in book one and he ups his game in this book. He certainly is a piece of work. I was keeping my fingers crossed the whole way through that Flora wouldn’t give him another chance. You will have to read the book to see if she does or doesn’t. My only tiny issue was that I wanted to see more from Callie and Noah, I know the book wasn’t about them but a bit more coverage would have been lovely as I adored them both, as well as Callie’s Gramps Stanley who made me laugh so much in the first book. I do hope he appears more in future books to come. This is a wonderful, summery, fun book that will leave you with a smile on your face. Whilst I believe it can be read as a standalone, I do suggest reading book one first so you know the background of the area and the characters.
JM Free Kicks Fiction 4 months ago
I thought this looked like a cute story, but I didn’t expect it to be as in-depth as it turned out to be. There were many layers to the plot, and the further I read, the more I could see how the author cleverly planned the story. I especially liked how the author potentially paralleled the book itself with a book that features heavily in the plot. I thought that showed forethought and loved the effort. The author also did an excellent job of shedding light on the chauvinistic ways of some men but did so with a wink so that the reader knew that the women were the strong ones (case in point, Alan and Katrina). That was also a nice touch. I was intrigued by the characters and the town in general. I became invested in Flora’s journey and was satisfied with the end. I was also happy to learn that this is part of a series, so I look forward to reading more about the residents of Honeyford. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and the author for a complimentary pre-release digital ARC of this book.
SaschaDarlington 4 months ago
In March I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing, New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles. Like that wonderful novel, A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle takes place in the quirky village of Honeyford in the Cotswolds and many of the same people whom I loved in that novel are revisited. A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle focuses on Flora, the new owner of the bookstore, who discovers that her husband, Malcolm, has been cheating on her with one of the waitresses from his restaurant. Initially shocked and hurt, Flora stays several nights in the attic of the bookstore, until Luna, an eccentric new-agey woman offers her a room in her cottage. Unbeknownst to Flora, Luna is the mother of a man she had a bit of a run-in with at the Cosy Kettle when his son accidentally knocked over some decor and Flora didn’t react as well as she could have. While New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle was lighter, more of a romance, and yet hit all of the emotions, A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle feels a little more somber and a bit more like women’s fiction. There are some fun moments because of the eccentric characters, but when one is exploring the implosion of a 20-year-old marriage, it’s rightfully more melancholic and thoughtful. Both are very good novels, written well, and with insights, but if you’re looking for the same effervescence that was in New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle, you won’t find it in Eeles’ new novel. But I’m not sure that given the subject matter you should expect to. The characterization is again very good, with Flora discovering new things about herself and mostly discovering who she is. I liked the fact that she struggled with what many people struggle with: do you stay with the devil you know or move on? Do you stay with the safe or take a risk? It’s a common question in life and it’s dealt with well here. While the novel may not provide a decidedly happy-ever-after, it was again appropriate and appreciated due to its thoughtfulness. I did feel that there was some repetition during Flora’s introspective moments regarding her marriage, which was noticeable enough to draw me from the narrative, but not enough for me to be highly critical of. All in all, this was an engrossing, satisfying read that kept my interest throughout, gave me some laughs, and some thoughtful moments. I loved the character of Luna and hope to see her again in future novels. Very enjoyable. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
LlamaJen 4 months ago
Loved the book!! Second book in the Cosy Kettle series and just as delightful as the first one. This book centers around Flora. Flora is trying to decide whether or not to forgive her husband and go back to her old like. Honestly, I didn't think it was that hard of a decision. Malcolm is simply an awful husband. I didn't care for him in the previous book and in this book his true nature is on full display. One of the many horrible things about him, is that he blames his infidelity on his wife. Becca, Callie and all the usual book club members show up. Stanley is still up to his usual shenanigans. The eighty year old is still a daredevil and fond of using hip slang words. There could be a book about the adventures of Stanley and Dick. New to the book are Luna, Daniel and Caleb. Luna was a wonderful help to Flora and exactly the person she needed. Definitely recommend the book and the previous one. I love this series and hope there's more books to follow. I definitely see a story about Becca. I look forward to reading more books by the author. I love the cover of the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
BobbieLCLA 4 months ago
I received a free copy of A SUMMER ESCAPE AND STRAWBERRY CAKE AT THE COSY KETTLE by Liz Eeles in exchange for an honest review. This is the sequel to NEW STARTS AND CHERRY TARTS AT THE COSY KETTLE. This book focuses on Flora, who is the newish owner of the Cosy Kettle. Flora is torn between her desire to be a good wife to her husband of twenty years and her longings for belonging to a community and for running her own business. Flora finds out her husband is cheating on her, and her husband places the blame for his adultery squarely on Flora and her recent inattention. Flora decides she needs time to decide what she wants, so she moves out and stays in the attic of her shop. When the local eccentric offers her a room, Flora jumps at the chance to escape the enormous attic spiders. Only after she moves in, Flora discovers Luna’s irritable son and timorous grandson also live there. This is Flora’s journey to discover where her heart truly lies and to connect with the Honeyford community. I liked this book. Since I could see where everything would end, I would classify the plot as fairly predictable. However, we all like happy endings, don’t we? I recommend this book. #AsummerEscapeAndStrawberryCakeAtTheCosyKettle #NetGalley
MKF 4 months ago
The town of Honeyford takes Flora in its arms and gives her a proverbial hug when she leaves her rotten husband and moves in with Luna, the local mystic (for want of a better word). Flora owns a cafe/bookshop; we met her in the first book (don't worry- this is fine as a standalone) but in that one she was more or less in the background. Now we learn more about her life and worries. And then she meets Daniel, Luna's son and a widower who hasn't really recovered from the loss of his wife. These two move slowly but since this is an Eeles novel, you know there's going to be a happy ending. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A light good read for the summer.
AMGiacomasso 4 months ago
Please don't read this book if you're on a diet or you're diabetic because the description of the food are mouthwatering. The first book in this series was very good and I think this is better. I loved everything and it made me crave for summer, sun and holidays. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.