New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle: A heartwarming, laugh out loud romantic comedy

New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle: A heartwarming, laugh out loud romantic comedy

by Liz Eeles

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ISBN-13: 9781786816337
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 445,006
File size: 570 KB

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New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle: A heartwarming, laugh out loud romantic comedy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gaele 12 days ago
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. 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.
LlamaJen 8 days ago
Loved this book!! I can't resist books about coffee shops and bookstores. This book had both and a ginger cat, not to mention also a great read. Loved the characters. Callie was sweet but needed to open up and tell people how she really felt. She had her hands full with the lively Stanley, her eighty year old grampa who seemed to have a death wish with all his shenanigans. Stanley didn't hold anything back and was always a scene stealer. How can you complete with an old man in skinny jeans and a Taylor Swift t-shirt? He always made me laugh and the love he had for his wife was amazing, especially with his fight to save the trees. Loved Mary, Phyllis, Millicent and Becca. They became great friends to Callie and were wonderful additions to the Cosy Kettle. So happy that the next book will be about Flora. Loved the story, characters and writing style. The book just put a smile on my face and was a fun read. How can you not love a book where the coffee machine is nicknamed Charlie in honor of it's glorious silver sheen?!!!! I might of had a tear with the tribute to Moira. Definitely recommend the book. It has such a wonder story inside a cute cover. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. There's so much about Flora that is still a mystery. Malcolm definitely doesn't seem like the perfect husband. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
WhisperingStories 11 days ago
Twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright lives with her Eighty-year-old Gramps Stanley after her mum upped and left to live in Spain with her toy-boy. She also works at the local book shop in Honeyford. Her boss has retired and a new owner, Flora, is taking over. Not sure what to make of her new boss, Callie is eager to impress but day one doesn’t start out well with her running late after trying to persuade her Gramps not to put his name down for a parachute jump. Flora is stern but fair and soon realises that Callie has a knack for helping people and listening to their problems. Flora also listens to Callie’s suggestions for the shop and how some improvements could increase customer numbers, including a little coffee shop at the back. Giving her the green light, Callie sets about making a little cafe for the locals and tourists to enjoy with the help of some new local friends. The cafe, The Cosy Kettle, also gives her a reason to keep active when she discovers that the local old manor house is currently being renovated into a posh hotel and the owner is none other than Finn Shawley who used to live in the village and helping him with the design is Callie’s ex-boyfriend, Noah. Callie and Noah split eight years ago and haven’t spoken since, but she’s all in a fluster as he is still rather hot but with the past and Noah living in New York Callie knows that nothing could ever happen between them. I occasionally like to read a good rom-com in-between my reading of thrillers and New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle was certainly a good read, in fact, I’d say it was a superb read. I started reading it one night and only put it down when my eyelids started drooping. Upon waking I immediately picked it up again and read until I’d finished the book. Callie is a lovely young woman with a big heart. She loves to help people and is one of those individuals that those with problems find easy to talk to. She is caring and considerate. She was in love with Noah all those years ago but he did something that broke her heart just before she headed to university, so once there she broke up with him and has never seen him since. Noah is now a successful architect living in New York. He is back in Honeyford helping his brother Finn in his latest project to get his daddy’s attention. Finn has always been a lady’s man, where Noah was in love with Callie and hadn’t even realised what he did was the reason for their break-up. Flora is a woman trying to make a success of her business after her mum left her some money. Her husband is not very supportive of her and doesn’t think she should have invested in the book shop. My favourite character has to be Stanley. He was so adorable. Turning eighty has seen him have some sort of epiphany (and reading a book on life). He has decided that he’ll be dead soon so why not make the most of living. He wants to make the most of the time he has left, which includes dressing how he likes – think skinny jeans and Taylor Swift T-shirt. Saying what he thinks, even if it upsets others and maybe chaining himself to a few trees to protest. The book is filled with warm-hearted moments, has plenty of charming characters and a few wrong’uns too. Plus there are lots of laugh-out-loud parts. This is a book that will have you smiling from ear-to-ear throughout and leaving you with a desire for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake!
annemariebookaholic 14 days ago
A truly feel good book... Heartwarming and a beautiful story... Callie is taking care of her grandfather after losing her grandmother...she works at a bookstore for a new owner...not off to a good start but Callie is determined to make something of the bookstore.. Flora, the new owner of the bookstore, actually listens to Callie about her ideas to make the store a better place. Flora has agreed that a cafe is just what the store needs and Callie is the one to do it. I truly enjoyed the story which has a little laughter, tears and romance in it... highly recommend
BobbieLCLA 14 days ago
I received a free copy of NEW STARTS AND CHERRY TARTS AT THE COSY KETTLE by Liz Eeles in exchange for an honest review. Twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is feeling left behind by her classmates. Though Callie completed university, she returned to her beloved tiny home village of Honeyford to care for her grandfather and work at the local bookshop. However, changes to the village will have a significant impact on Callie. First, the bookshop has a new owner. Will it be more of the same curmudgeonly management or will the new owner be open to new ideas? Second, Callie’s first love is back in town. Will they reconnect or will new paths and old wounds determine their relationship status? Third, a new career opportunity opens up. Will Callie be able to excel, will Callie let her lack of confidence keep her from success, or will an unknown person acting from spite succeed in sabotaging all of Callie’s hard work? I liked this book. I liked that Callie matured, grew as a person, and began to overcome emotional handicaps created by her upbringing. I also liked the other characters and look forward to returning to Honeyford by reading the sequel. #NewStartsAndCherryTartsAtTheCosyKettle #NetGalley