RELEASED: March 12, 2019
FORMAT: eBook [Ad – ARC]
GENRE: Contemporary romance
GOODREADS RATING: 4.67
TRIGGERS: Mention of abuse
REPS: Queer side character, side character with anxiety
After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love. She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: The Cosy Kettle. Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledgling business she’s built.
But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago, but when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest…
As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved.
Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?
I cannot resist a cover with food on it – and that’s even more the case when it’s not just food but baked goods. Can you blame me for wanting to check out New Starts and Cherry Tarts in the Cosy Kettle? Although the title is a whole mouthful, I have to admit.. Nevertheless, I was intrigued! And the mention of a cafe? Smallest spoiler every: they should totally mention that the cafe is linked to a bookstore because books!
Like I said, the bookstore-aspect is something I lived for. I didn’t know about that going into the story but I feel like it should be mentioned. Especially since so many of us love reading books where a bookstore’s in play – no matter in what way. It’s also the place where a lot of things happen since the cafe is at the back of the bookstore and.. well..
Apart from that, I honestly loved the setting Liz Eeles created. A small village with everyone knowing everyone, beautifully described views and buildings and a whole cast of intriguing characters.. That’s pretty much the perfect combination for a light, contemporary read like New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle.
You feel like the world’s going dark and closing in and crushing you, until you can’t breathe. And there’s nowhere to go because you can’t escape from yourself. Though I wish I could.
Especially the characters though! Apart from Callie, our main character, and Noah, the love interest, a huge place goes to her eighty year old grandfather who’s.. maybe going through a bit of a life crisis with all the things he’s up to. But that’s exactly what makes him such an interesting and fun character.
He wasn’t my favorite though. That one goes, without a doubt, to Becca – a younger girl with social anxiety. She stole my heart right from the get-go and.. I truly hope she maybe gets er own story one day because I’d love to find out way more about her.
It’s good to spend time doing what’s best for other people but sometimes you have to step up and do what’s best for you – and for your true self.
Another thing that made me enjoy this novel even more so, is that the focus isn’t really on romance. It’s more about Callie trying to figure out what she wants, taking on some challenges and.. finding a more fixed place in the small community she lives in. Not to mention trying to handle her grandfather’s antics.
Sure, the romance was there but it felt to me like it was way in the background compared to other things going on.
Which is probably for the best, since I didn’t feel the chemistry between Callie and Noah? They’re supposed to have a past together – however briefly – but I didn’t feel it. It was simply there – their feelings and love and whatnot – without any building up to it. It could be me though, but I’d say that after eight years of no contact, there should be more small moments and such before going all “I’m still in love with you”?
In any case, this isn’t that big of a “bad thing”, simply because the focus was more on other events and since that’s one of the things about this novel I enjoyed most…
If you feel like reading a contemporary romance where the focus isn’t really on the romance, but more on the events in a small, wonderful community – this is definitely a good option for you! And if you like stories with bookstores mentioned.. even more so, haha.
Does mention of a bookstore in the synopsis make you want to read a book?
What are other small things that make you go “GIVE ME THAT BOOK!”?