Tuesday 24 October 2017

Review: The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane
**Take a trip to the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge, where a new arrival is going to shake things up…**

Growing up in a quiet Yorkshire village, Roxanne couldn’t wait to escape and find her place in the world in London. As a high-powered fashion editor she lives a glamorous life of perennial singlehood – or so it seems to her sister Della. But when Roxanne gets her heart broken by a fashion photographer, she runs away, back to Della’s welcoming home above her bookshop in Burley Bridge.

But Burley Bridge, Roxanne discovers, is even quieter than she remembered. There’s nothing to do, so Roxanne agrees to walk Della’s dog Stanley. It’s on these walks that Roxanne makes a startling discovery: the people who live in Burley Bridge are, well, just people – different from the fashion set she’s used to, but kind and even interesting. Michael, a widower trying to make a go of a small bakery, particularly so. Little by little, cupcake by cupcake, Roxanne and Michael fall into a comforting friendship.

Could there be a life for Roxanne after all, in the place she’s spent 46 years trying to escape?

Claire's Review 4 of 5 Stars

This story follows the life of Roxanne, a fashion editor in her late forties working in London. After issues at work and the man she’s dating having commitment issues she decides to take a sabbatical and visit her sister Della, back home in Yorkshire.

This story was very different to what I expected and didn’t focus on the bakery as much as I thought it would. Roxanne was a fantastic character and it was great to see her change throughout the story and adapting to life in Yorkshire.

This was a very warm and easy to read book, well written and perfect for reading curled up with a blanket in the evening.

After reading this I also found out that there is a previous book focusing of Roxanne’s sister Della and I will definitely have to go back and read where it all began.

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