I really enjoyed this book. The plot seemed familiar to something I've read before, and it was predictable, but I'm not the type of person to moan about that. In fact, I feel quite comforted by it! I really liked the sound of the village that it is set in, and the gardens that are described, particularly the roses. I felt very close and attached to the main character, Fran, and felt very defensive of her when her husband, Mal, was saying horrible things to her about her weight. Gabe the gardener was a brilliant leading man, seemingly nice and ruggedly handsome. Overall, the book was just a really cosy read, similar to how Katie Fforde writes, and she's may favourite author so that is a real compliment. I give this book 9/10.
I absolutely loved this book. As soon as I picked it up, I fell in love with it and couldn't put it down. I loved the main character Issy and all of the characters like Pearl, Helena and even Caroline! The only problem was that it made me want to eat cake all the time because they sounded so delicious! The cafe sounded perfect and I could picture it exactly in my mind, with the courtyard and all. Gramps was a lovely character and it made me sad when he died. The only thing I didn't like was at the very end when Austin hinted that he would be leaving the country and he wanted Issy to go with him and she seemed happy to. It kind of goes against everything she stood for and undermined the journey she'd been through in setting up the cafe. But other than that, everything else was perfect! I give it 10/10!
I can't really decide whether I liked this book or not. I didn't dislike it, but I wasn't drawn to it, either. However, my opinion might be tainted by the stress of exams at the moment so I will try not to be too harsh. The problem was that I never felt truly connected to the main character, Nell. And I didn't really like how some sections of the book were from the perspective of her teenage daughter, Mimi. I also didn't like the character of Steve. Although I knew I wasn't supposed to like him, the whole S&M side of him was just strange. The storyline of him stealing the letter for Patrick and writing a fake reply was good, though. And I did like the character of Ed and wished I'd heard more from him and his budding feelings for Nell. However, what I did really like was Nell's career as an artist and I enjoyed the descriptions of her work and her studio. Overall, I'd give this book 6/10.
I chose to read this book because of the Royal Wedding and I'd read a good review about it and because it has been sitting on my bookshelf unread since Christmas. I think I'b been putting it off because I wasn't sure I'd like a wedding story, but I absolutely loved it. I loved all of the characters you were meant to love and hated all the characters you were meant to hate! I particularly like Molly and Jess and felt I really got to know them throughout the book. My dislike of Max grew steadily throughout the book as Jess slowly began to realise that maybe he wasn't the right man for her after all. I particularly liked the description of Jess's little cottage, it sounded like my ideal home! So I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I give it 9/10.