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Cupcakes, crafting and love at The Cherry Tree Cafe… Perfect feel-good summer reading for fans of Great British Bake-Off
Lizzie Dixon‘s life feels as though it’s fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So, there’s only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again.
Her best friend Jemma is delighted Lizzie has come back home as she has just bought a little cafe and Lizzie’s sewing skills are just what she needs to help get it ready for the grand opening.
With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago…?
The minute I began to listen to this audio book I became swept away in Lizzie’s world. The narrator (Karen Cass) does an amazing job of really bringing Lizzie to life. I love the tone of her voice and found it really gentles and soothing to listen to. It was also really clear which character was speaking as she changed her pitch and tone really well to reflect each character.
Lizzie is just a gorgeous character and very early in the book she suffers humiliation and my heart broke for her. She’s a down to earth girl and I immediately wanted her to take her life back. Her friendship with Jemma is real friendship goals and I loved how the women supported each other through various events and how Lizzie was completely a member of Jemma’s family. Lizzie has a few hurdles to navigate on her way to happiness and she does so with the support of friends, family and the community.
Using the backdrop of a cafe is always a winner in my eyes but as someone who does craft like a nursery child, I delighted in all the wonderful creations and activities that were part of Lizzie’s world. I pictured myself sitting in Lizzie’s cosy flat above the cafe whilst listening to this book and it just fel so homely. Of course, the cakes on offer from Jemma and the friendliness of the clientele added even more depth to the main setting.
This is such a wonderful tale of new beginnings, new love and new (and old) friendships and I loved every minute of listening to it.
Author Bio – Heidi Swain
Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she finally plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.
A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enjoys the company of a whole host of feisty female characters.
Heidi can be found at the keyboard at all hours of the day and night and quite often scribbling longhand in her car during her lunch break. She lives in stunning south Norfolk with her wonderful son and daughter and a mischievous cat called Storm.