The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Joyce
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publishing Date: 8th February 2016
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review!
Number of pages: 238
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Buy the Book: Kindle
A deliciously charming romance, perfect for fans of Caroline Roberts, Jane Linfoot and Debbie Johnson.
From fairy cakes to first dates!
Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…
So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.
Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?
The first moment I spotted this book at NetGalley I thought, what? The same title? Of course not, only a very similar one to the one and only “The Lonely Bookshop of Lonely Hearts” by Annie Darling. I think, as much as I love chick – lit and books set in bookshops, teashops and cafes, that the idea is slowly being over – used. Do the authors continue write such books because the formula proved to be very popular? I, of course, don’t mean this particular novel – because if I were tired of such themed books I wouldn’t request them – I am only talking in general. I requested “The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts” because a) I love Jennifer Joyce’s writing, b) the synopsis was really promising and c) just have a looked at this gorgeous cover. I know. I KNOW.
Even though the book sticks wholly to the trend of making the heroine of the story an owner of a coffee shop/cafe/bookshop etc it was a lovely read ticking all the boxes for your normal chick – lit novel. Maddie Lamington has finally fulfilled her dream of owning a little cafe. The only problem is that it is tucked somewhere down a little street and nobody, except for a few regulars, has heard about Sweet Street Cafe. So Maddie has to think of something to let her keep on her dream – and fast! So what do you get when you combine speed dating and cakes, hmmm? A truly interesting idea, don’t you think? However, right after finishing this book I can’t stop feeling that the whole story was built around this idea that was then not developed. We hear tons about organizing the event, collecting the forms but where are the dates? And what was their outcome?
And till the end of this book I didn’t know who is who. There were so many supporting characters and I often felt confused. When I had to put this book away and started reading again and some name was mentioned, it often happened that I was thinking it is a new character that was never mentioned before. I just couldn’t grasp in what relationship they all stand to each other and what was the point of for example Rehana and George?
I really liked the romances in this story. The relationships between Mags and Owen and Maddie and Caleb took their time, had their ups and downs, didn’t feel rushed and of course they could go two ways. There was not a sign of this over – used will they/won’t they game and still the author has created two very realistic, heart – warming, blossoming romances. What was also great was the fact that the characters didn’t fell in love after five minutes with love conquering everything.
Of course there were many things that happened very conveniently, just like this with the magazine feature or the TV crew. Also, there were moments that the story dragged too much for my liking and I had a feeling that we’re staying in one place, that nothing’s changing. But basically, there was nothing wrong with this book but also nothing that made it outstanding, and I think Jennifer Joyce has already proved with her previous books that she can do better. But of course I enjoyed it. Maddie’s character was larger than life, lovely and inviting.
So as already mentioned, the book has it all: many lovely characters, a little romance or two, or even three, it’s light – hearted with some twists and many mouth – watering descriptions of cakes. Light, predictable and easy read that makes you crave for a cupcake. Or two. Or apple pie. Charming, sweet, without adding unnecessary drama and altogether I enjoyed it.