Spring Beginnings by Georgia Hill
Publishing Date: 3rd February 2016
Series: Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Cafe #1
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review!
Number of pages: 139
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Buy the Book: Kindle
A new charming three part series for fans of sweet romance!
Is this the start of something wonderful?
Millie’s working all hours to make her seaside café a success, so when a rival multi-national café chain opens its latest branch just around the corner, stealing away her customers, it means WAR!
Millie’s remaining loyal customers step up – and a new arrival in town, the gorgeous, enigmatic Jed Henville, is also keen on helping Millie solve her business crisis. But it’s only after Jed sweeps her off her feet that Millie suddenly realises how little she knows about him…
“Spring Beginnings” is the first in a three – part “Millie’s Vanilla’s Cupcake Cafe” series, full of gorgeous, delicious food, pastel cupcakes, mismatched crockery and blossoming romance. I will be honest with you, the thing that made me desperate to read it was the sweet, welcoming title and this brilliant, colourful cover – yes, that’s me. A sucker for pastel colours and sweets. And while the story didn’t surprise me with many twists and turns, it was a nice enough read.
The setting in this story is beautiful – a lovely, inviting village at the seaside. The main character Millie runs a little cafe, a warm, lovely place where people come for organic, self – made products, mismatched crockery and home baking. I could so imagine this cafe, it was described in such imaginative, vivid way and I can bet that it would be my regular spot – for sure! I would never swap it for Blue Elephant, a large chain that opens in the neighbourhood – but what about people in the book? Will Millie be able to keep her cafe? What with the money being so short and Millie’s determination to stay true to her organic products?
There was a lovely bunch of characters in this novella, a great mix of old and young, and let’s not forget all the dogs mentioned! While the characters were maybe not the most unforgettable or original ones, there was a feeling to them, and the way they kept together, even if they didn’t always agree with each other, was very uplifting.
My biggest problem, however, was that it seemed like the first half of the book focused only on the cafe and the food – and the descriptions has a mouth – watering effect on me – and so it dragged a bit, and the second half suddenly realised that there should be a story somewhere and everything was packed in the last few chapters, which, in comparison to the first half, seemed too rushed. Or the first part was too slow in comparison to the second one. I also guessed the main twist, almost immediately, so the end was not a big surprise for me. I have a feeling that this would much better work as a full – length novel. The cliff – hanger at the end of this story was not so hooking that it made me desperate to see what’s going to happen (although I am going to read the next part) and on the whole I had a feeling that my book has just abruptly stopped. But I am looking forward to the next part of the series because altogether, it was a sweet, heart – warming novella with lovely characters. A pleasant story that is best read with a huge mug of tea and a sparkling cupcake.