The Cosy Teashop in the Castle
by Caroline Roberts
Publishing Date: 25th February 2016
Source: Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 257
Genre: Women’s Literature, Romance
When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.
When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?
It seems that I can’t have enough books with food being so important part of the plot. Here only one look at this beautiful cover and the lovely title made me fell in love with this novel, and I desperately wanted to read it. But be warned! There are some delicious food descriptions, so it’s better if you don’t read it when hungry! Or just bake some cake and have it to hand
I liked the idea of the book. It’s simple and yet it works. Ellie needs a new, fresh start and what’s better way to start than far away from home and memories? She manages to get a leasing on Teashop in Lord Henry’s Castle, and even though she loves cooking and baking, she has no idea about the business – side of the whole enterprise. Nevertheless, she’s desperate to give it a go – will she manage to attract new customers? To convince the sceptical Lord Henry that she’s worth the chance? Find a new life at Claverham Castle?
The setting for this novel was lovely, I truly adored the descriptions of the castle, and even the occasional ghost there Also, I absolutely enjoyed when Ellie and Joe went from time to time for walks – the scenery was beautiful.
There was also a small bunch of interesting characters in the novel. Perhaps they were not the ones that will engrave themselves in my memory for ever, but they suited the novel totally and absolutely, and I liked them all, even though I’d love more depth to them – they were very straight – forward but still they were very enjoyable and felt realistic, especially our main character, Ellie. She had her demons, she was scared and yet she wasn’t afraid to leave her old life behind and move forward. She learnt a lot throughout the whole story.
For me the book is like divided into two parts: the first one is about Ellie starting with the Tea Shop in the castle, and even though I have expected some more troubles waiting for her there, maybe some problems with the waitresses, some more scenes happening there, just more from the TeaShop itself, I liked reading about it, it was interesting, light – hearted and also funny. Then the second part is about Ellie falling for Joe, and to be totally honest, this has spoiled the story for me. I couldn’t clock the chemistry, there were no sparkles between those two in my opinion, it felt a little too forced, too pushed, and I couldn’t understand what problem did Joe has in fact.
„The Cosy Teashop in the Castle” is an easy, not too challenging novel that is not going to stay with you for long, yet I have spent some entertaining, carefree hours in its company, and I enjoyed reading it. I think it was the overwhelming feeling of cosiness that made this book so special and so nice to read. It was written in a very accessible way and I felt as if the words are being whispered in my ear. It is a light read that also touches upon some more sad and important issues, and I like how this all wonderfully blended with each other. Altogether, a very nice, uplifting read.