The Tanglewood Tea Shop - Lilac Mills
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Patisserie-Chef Stevie is stuck in a rut. Her beloved Great Aunt Peggy has passed away, she’s been fired from her job and the love of her life has walked out the door. But when she’s called to the solicitor’s office to hear the reading of Peggy’s will, Stevie’s life begins to change. Left with a large amount of money, Stevie is determined to take Peggy’s advice and turn her life around. The quirky tea shop that she sees up for sale in the beautiful village of Tanglewood must be a sign, and Stevie can’t wait to make it her new home. But what happens after your dreams come true? It turns out that life in the village isn't as idyllic as it may have seemed. With local mums waging war against sugar, a tea shop and its patisserie-chef owner are definitely not welcome. When the gorgeous but grouchy local stable-owner, Nick, shows up he seems like just another fly in the pastry batter but as the two grow closer, Stevie realises he might just be the perfect reason to stay and win over the village...
This was a wonderfully well-written story of growth and happiness. I was anxious about reading this book for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I have only ever read one other Lilac Mills books and really enjoyed it, but that could have been a fluke, it wasn’t! The second is that one of my favourite series of books is ‘The Comfort Food Cafe series by Debbie Johnson’. I didn’t know how another book set in a cafe could live up to the standards set by Johnson, but it did! I needn’t have been worried. I loved hearing about all the creations that Stevie made and as a baker myself I wish there had been recipes at the back, so I could make some of Stevie’s creations (but not the chocolate and broccoli cupcakes, they did not sound appetising!) I think the only thing I didn’t like about this book is Stevie’s name. Every time it was in the book I kept thinking who is Steve? She just didn’t seem like a Stevie, but this is just my opinion! I loved how all the village came together it made the book feel homely, and if it were real I’d want to visit Tanglewood (well it does exist but not in Wales, and I’m sure it doesn’t have such an amazing cafe as Peggy’s Tea Shoppe)!