BOOK REVIEW: The Cosy Christmas Tea shop by Caroline Roberts

the-cosy-christmas-teashopTHE COSY CHRISTMAS TEA SHOP
By Caroline Roberts
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 14th October 2016
Format: Ebook (400 pages)

From sleigh bells to wedding bells . . .

After a rocky start, Ellie Hall baked her way into everyone’s hearts at Claverham Castle – even the miserly Lord Henry was won over – and the run-down teashop regained its old sparkle.

Now Ellie has upgraded cupcakes for fairytale masterpieces as the proud caterer for an ever-growing list of weddings at the castle. The teashop team love baking to the tune of happy ever afters, but can they pull together when a certain bridezilla pushes them all to boiling point?

Christmas is just around the corner, and a last minute booking threatens to snow the team under. Ellie and her hunky hubby Joe have their own Christmas dreams to chase, but they’re determined to pull through and give this special couple the winter wonderland wedding they deserve.

Will Christmas at the Cosy Teashop be a showstopper to remember? (Goodreads)

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With Christmas fast approaching, I thought there would be nothing better than reading a Christmas themed novel to get me read. (Yes, its October but I couldn’t pass up the chance to read this festive treat.) While it was a brilliantly festive and had a great story, what surprised me was that the book built up to the festive season by taking place over a number of months. By doing so, you witness a year in this couples life.

Now it should be noted that this is a follow up to The Cosy Tea Shop in The Castle, but I didn’t feel lost while reading this book as Roberts provides enough back story about Ellie and Joe to know where they are in their relationship. It is all done in a way that feels natural and doesn’t take you out of the story. For me, this is really a story about what happens after the happy ever after and it was a refreshing read for this genre. There is no denying that Ellie and Joe are in love, but The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop shows the many different challenges a couple can face once the wedding confetti has been swept up and the honeymoon is a distant memory.

In Ellie and Joe’s case, it is the wish to start a family that makes up the “meat” of this story. Roberts is able to shine a light into the bumps that occur when trying for a child. You bear witness to the trials and tribulations and many a time while reading this book, I just wanted to reach through the pages and give Ellie a huge hug.

If the focus had been entirely on this, the book would have been a tough read and although it is an important part of the book, it needed something a bit more light hearted to balance it. In this case it is a combination of Ellie’s blossoming Wedding Co-Ordinator business and the Christmas Fair that they plan to put on later in the year. Both have their moments of hilarity but the one that had me chuckling was Bridzilla’s wedding. It had all the makings of a wedding ceremony you would have seen on “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” and it really tests our main characters mettle. From the brides forever changing demands, to a “unicorn” who refuses to play ball, it is just a nice way to break up the more serious aspects of the book.

By the time I finished this book, I had a warm fuzzy feeling at the way it all ended. I don’t want to spoil what happens but you may kind of guess what the outcome is. After reading about the lovely cakes and the whimsical Christmas Fair, the first thing I did was try to find a Castle or Stately Home with a Christmas Fair as I want to try to experience a little bit of this book in real life.

VERDICT
Although this is a sequel of sorts or a continuation of Ellie and Joe’s story, this really can be read on its own. It was a really refreshing read and one I am so glad to have been asked to review. I had seen The Cosy Tea Shop at The Castle a lot online, I am kicking myself that I hadn’t read it.

One things for sure, I am going to try my best to pick it up and I will be keeping a keen eye out for any future releases by this author. It is just the perfect read for the cold winter nights, with a hot chocolate and a piece of Choffe Cake.

4 star

 

BUY LINKS
AMAZON UK | WATERSTONES | BOOK DEPOSITORY | WORDERY

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THE COSY CHRISTMAS TEA SHOP BLOG TOUR
Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour!

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17th October:- http://www.chicklitchloe.blogspot.co.uk
18th October:- ME!
19th October:- http://www.starcrossedreviews.co.uk
20th October:- https://www.mmcheryl.wordpress.com
21st October:- http://www.withloveforbooks.com

CAROLINE ROBERTS ONLINE
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COSY TEA SHOP SERIES IN ORDER
1 The Cosy Tea Shop in the Castle
2 The Cosy Christmas Tea Shop

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