Sadie is a single mum, nursing a broken heart. Her best friend from childhood, Cat, is burned out from working long hours as a chef in Paris. In need of a change, they decide to invest in their dream – running their own handmade biscuit shop in gorgeous Castle Court, a three-storey food court tucked away behind Chester’s bustling streets.
They soon discover that Castle Court has its own community – a little haven of delight against the stresses of the outside world. But not everyone welcomes the new business; the patisserie owner is less than pleased by what she sees as direct competition and Greg, who runs the fancy bistro that dominates one end of the courtyard, doesn’t think Sadie and Cat have the talent or business acumen to succeed. Luckily, there’s support in the form of the delectable Jaren, who owns the Dutch waffle house opposite Smart Cookies, and Swiss chocolate-shop owner, Elin. And if all else fails, the friends can drown their sorrows in Seb‘s cocktail bar on the third floor!
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I’ve always had a secret desire to open a shop so I absolutely loved this fun novel. The author does a great job of setting the scene for the novel with wonderful descriptions of their fantastic sounding bakery. I enjoyed reading about their wonderful biscuits, the descriptions of which had my mouth watering as they sounded truly delicious! If it hadn’t been Sunday I’d have been rushing to the nearest bakery to grab something to eat whilst reading.
I really liked the two main characters Cat and Sadie. They were wonderfully written, strong characters who I couldn’t help but admire with their strength and determination to make their business a success. The two women are quite different to each other but obviously care for each other quite a lot. It was great to see how they supported each other with all the ups and downs starting their new business throws at them. The other secondary characters helped make the book for me and really made the setting of Castle Court come to life. They were all so varied and well developed helping to give Castle Court a family feel as they all seemed to look out for each other.
The romance part of the book was well done with two very different men vying for the girls attention so there was something for everyone. I have to admit I did prefer Adam and was hoping that Sadie and him would work out. I felt the romance was quite realistic as it didn’t always run smoothly and there were various problems to sort out.
This is the first book by Holly Hepburn I have read and I really look forward to reading more from her in the future. If you like fun, absorbing novels that allow you to escape into another world then you’ll love this book.
Huge thanks to Harriet Collins from Simon and Schuster for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Holly Hepburn has wanted to write books for as long she can remember but she was too scared to try. One day she decided to be brave and dipped a toe into the bubble bath of romantic fiction with her first novella, Cupidity, and she’s never looked back. She often tries to be funny to be funny, except for when faced with traffic wardens and border control staff. Her favourite things are making people smile and Aidan Turner.
She’s tried many jobs over the years, from barmaid to market researcher and she even had a brief flirtation with modelling. These days she is mostly found writing.
She lives near London with her grey tabby cat, Portia. They both have an unhealthy obsession with Marmite.