Springtime at the Cider Kitchen: The perfect feel-good romantic read

Springtime at the Cider Kitchen: The perfect feel-good romantic read

by Fay Keenan

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ISBN-13: 9781786694898
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Series: Little Somerby , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 301
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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.


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.

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Springtime at the Cider Kitchen: The perfect feel-good romantic read 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Opening with the wedding of Anna and Matthew, Caroline is in tumult. Her brother’s widow is remarrying, making the day painful and emotionally trying. She’s happy for Anna, and thrilled to have time with her niece Emma, but the juxtaposition of Anna’s ability to move forward in her life contrasted with her own uncertainty about her future have her in a knot of mixed emotions. Matthew’s best man and brother Jonathan is instantly in-tune to her – and while well-informed about his past and player history, she’s intrigued. Even more intriguing as she’s looking for a new direction to use her skills as an events organizer is the possibility of the Cider Kitchen. A new offering from the Carters, the restaurant is shortly to open and in need of a manager. Jonathan is finally back in Little Somersby, living in his father’s house as a sort of roommate / caretaker as Jack isn’t in the best of health. The tumult in the family because of his own bad behaviors is settling – and he’s working (or trying to) side by side with Matthew to run the business. He’s always been one with a list of women on speed dial – with dates, flirting and more than a few conquests: yet none have stuck. He can’t quite figure out Caroline or why he can’t forget her after their night together – and he’s using his position as a family member and her boss to consistently insinuate himself into her presence. Oh with the back and forth here! Caroline is drawn to Jonathan despite her determination (and hedgehog-like prickles) to keep herself removed. With the restaurant to focus on, and her growing friendship with Matthew’s daughter Meredith, more time with her niece Emma, and then her past resurfacing – there are plenty of elements playing into this story and keep it moving forward. With more twists, a few moments of utter uncertainty, loss and joys – the story is engaging and easy to connect to with characters that stick in your mind. What Keenan has done here is crafted a family story that is also one of love, life and possibility. Full of challenges, forgiveness, anger and a few moments of outright small-village fun, games and camaraderie; Little Somersby is a place that welcomes visitors – even if residents have to work a bit to find their place. 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.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 3.5 Favorite Quotes: You really don’t read anything except women’s phone numbers, do you? …I stopped being a child, and started realising that not everyone is a hero and not everyone is a bad guy. We’re all shades of both and everything in between. I’ve never liked having my space invaded, and you’re like wood smoke; I can smell you even when you’re not there, I’m aware of your presence hours after you’ve left. My Review: While it was not necessary to read the first book in the series prior to picking this one up, it would most likely endear you more toward the additional characters. The main characters of this book were struggling with their identities and careers and combative with each other, hence, book two definitely had a heavier emotional tone and a much higher level of tension and angst than the previous book, which left me feeling less engaged as angst is not among my favorite things. The plot was slow to develop and the characters were difficult for me to embrace and/or appreciate, as many of their difficulties and issues were generally self-inflicted, although I was far more sympathetic towards them as I neared the book’s conclusion. I greatly enjoyed and looked forward to the chapters including or featuring the ongoing story threads of Anna and Matthew which carried over from the first book, as I adored them both. Caroline had a prickly and difficult personality, she was a redhead with the temper to match and the cocky Jonathan appeared to spark it all too easily. Jonathan won me over with the touching and thoughtful eulogy he presented at his father’s funeral, it squeezed my cold heart. I happily gleaned some additions for my Brit Word List with the new entries of twee – which Mr. Google told me meant excessively or affectedly quaint or pretty; and kitted out – which Americans would probably say as outfitted with. It is always a pleasing thought to be able to say I've learned something new for the day, even when reading fiction.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Caroline Hemingway has a one-night stand with her sister-in-law Anna's new brother-in-law Johnathan Carter at Anna's wedding to Matthew. Unfortunately the next day he offers her a job managing the new restaurant which the family is building to showcase their cider and local produce. I have to say I was a little confused by that because Caroline's experience was in organising events, not running a restaurant. Caroline's reasons for leaving her old job are very mysterious and involve a man - the reader is left to speculate what happened. As the restaurant opens Johnathan and Caroline dance around each other - but he has commitment issues and she thinks it would be tacky to be having an affair with the boss. I liked this book but I didn't love it. It is clearly a sequel to Anna and Matthew's story, which I have not read, whilst it could be read as a stand-alone easily, there was a lot of typing up loose ends for Anna and Matthew in this book. I think the characters didn't really jump out of the page at me and I couldn't really see why Caroline and Johnathan thought they were in love with each other, they didn't seem to even know each other very well. Maybe if I had read the first book I would have got more of an insight into their characters. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.