Genre – Romance
Lucy never wanted to abandon her friends and family, and travel to the other side of the country to start a new life. And all without telling anyone where she was going. But these are desperate times. And finding herself with a nightmare of a dilemma, fleeing her home town seems like the only way she can protect herself and those she loves.
The Cornish town of Pengully Sands holds happy childhood memories for Lucy and seems the perfect place to escape to, although having little money and no friends, life at first seems grim. But a chance meeting with Madison and the rest of the Little Duck Pond Café girls, plus a decidedly attractive local guy who won’t take no for an answer, gives Lucy a glimmer of hope for the future.
Could she really settle in Pengully Sands and make a living by selling her watercolours? But just as life is starting to look a little rosier, it becomes clear that someone back home–the last person she ever wanted to see–has tracked her down…
I’m so pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for this brilliant short story, thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources. I got so much more than I expected from this book; I expected a light hearted summer read which is exactly what I got, but it was also so much more. There was real drama, and at times danger and I couldn’t get enough.
For various reasons that I won’t go into (no spoilers here!), Lucy feels the need to escape from home. She needs to get away and be by herself for a while so she decides to go to Pengully Sands, a place that holds a lot of fond memories for her. To start with, things are a lot more difficult than she initially thought they would be and Lucy begins to question why she’s really there.
Over time though, Lucy starts to find her feet, especially with the help of Madeline. All she really needed was a friend, someone to give her encouragement and belief in herself and it’s not long before things start to look up for Lucy. I loved watching her grow in confidence, stand up for herself, and finally realise that she is good enough.
I really loved this story. Although it was short I felt that there was a fully formed plot and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Sometimes short stories can be somewhat lacking with character development and can sometimes seem to move too fast but I had no issues with this book at all. I loved the setting, I adored Lucy and her character development was spot on for me.
There are other books in this series but this can be read as a standalone. This is the only one I’ve read from the series and there was no confusion and I was drawn straight into the story. I’d recommend this book to Romance readers, especially if you’re looking for a quick read with added tension. Again I don’t want to say anything more because I don’t want to spoil it! All I can say is that it soon becomes clear why Lucy needed to get away from home.
Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all–unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Rosie’s Little Duck Pond Cafe series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now. Watch out for further tales of the Little Duck Pond Cafe, including the delicious ‘Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake’, which will be published in autumn 2020.