The Cherry Tree Cafe: Cupcakes, crafting and love - the perfect summer read for fans of Bake Off Kindle Edition
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But story behind this book is so much more than the renovation of the little Cafe. When we meet Lizzie, she is expecting a proposal from her rich boyfriend. Which doesn't happen, at all. Instead she is bumped and given that she moved to London for him and got her job thanks to him, she finds herself in quite an awkward situation. But soon she realises, as we do too as readers, that she never fitted in this shiny luxurious life and goes back home to her friend's place to start over. Jemma is the kind of friend we would love to have in our lives. The friendship between these two is really well developed and believable and I enjoyed reading their interactions a lot. But the star of the story is Jemma's little girl, Ella. She always had something to comment on and was usually spot on.
But Jemma and her family are not the only ones waiting for Lizzie in her hometown. Her neurotic mother (imagine Judy Geller from Friends), an old high school rival, her old job and an old flame are all waiting for Lizzie too. Which make her return a bit more complicated and give the story quite a lot of drama. There certainly were a couple of twists that I didn't expect at all and there was a moment when I really had no idea where the story was going to go. So good for Heidi Swain for having the ability to surprise me.
The Cherry Tree Cafe is Heidi's debut and she has showed us her great potential. She certainly is one author to watch. I highly recommend The Cherry Tree Cafe to baking and crafting lovers as there are so many ideas to take from the book. I think I'll leave now to go make some bunting, Lizzie's style!
Lizzie Dixon is The Cherry Tree Cafe main character. She is a clever, a creative and a resourceful woman who got sort of lost in a relationship with a very uptight and a snobbish man. After a terribly embarrassing and a humiliating break up Lizzi is determined to do a bit of a soul searching. Encouraged by her best friend Jemma she decides to move back to her home town. Lizzie is not only enthusiastically met by Jemma's family, her own family as well as all the town's good folks but she also learns that her high school crush is back in town and nursing his own broken heart too!
I was certain I was going to enjoy this book as soon as I saw it landing into my kindle library. I loved the way Heidi describes The Cherry Tree Cafe and the surrounding town of Wynbridge. There is plenty of beautiful ( Jemma, Tom and Ben), funny ( Ella) and colorful ( Lizzie's mother) characters to let us fully immerse in the story-line. The friendship between Lizzie and Jemma was so delectable to read. They have such an understanding of each others life and seem to nudge one or the other in the right direction while giving plenty of encouragement and love on the way. Although during some scenes I found Lizzie very exasperating and wanted her to get a move on and come to a decision! At the end I tried to put myself in Lizzie's shoes and I realized that it must have been very difficult for her to choose a path she will be happy to follow. I loved the relationship dynamics between Jemma and Tom and Lizzie and Ben. All four of them worked hard at making their dreams come true!
I really enjoyed the crafting scenes of the story; making bunting, crocheting and getting people together to have some creative fun. What a joy! I would definitely join a crafting session in The Cherry Tree Cafe myself.
The story had been developed very cleverly with a few twists and turns so we,as readers, could see how a couple of misunderstandings can lead to lots of trouble or broken hearts. There was definitely a few mysteries surrounding our Ben Fletcher but a good chat and a hot cup of tea can sort out almost anything. As a romantic comedy The Cherry Tree Cafe is simply a pure gold.
Heidi Swain had created a wonderful, warm and inspiring book that was so pleasurable to read. I will be eagerly awaiting what she will deliver.