Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering
Secrets, lies, carrot cake and an owl called Skrillex!
Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it's obvious where the male attention is concentrated - and it's not just on the cakes!
There is one man who notices Amy. Joshua Wilson also works at Monkpark, where he flies his birds of prey for visitor entertainment. He lives a lonely existence but he has reasons for choosing isolation - and, in Amy, he may have found somebody who understands.
Then a management change brings slick and well-spoken Edmund Evershott to Monkpark. He's interested in Amy too, but for what reason? Josh suspects the new manager is up to no good - but will Amy? Because Edmund could leave her with much worse than a broken heart...
I love a good love story, but traditional romance is too formulaic for me. When I popped this open and noticed the dual POV and praise for a romance award, I was a little worried. But then I hit on this little gem of a sentence: I careened out of the main house doors and out along the gravelled driveway like a cheap Cinderella with time management issues.
And I knew I'd love this book.
Amy is a great protagonist and, while she gets the guy, I loved that her emotional development was her triumph. She deserved to have all the good things in life and I cheered when she got them.
I also loved that this book had a complicated friendship. For years, messy relationships were the bread and butter of the family drama. But, in my reality, friendships have been much more complex than my family relationships. My co-written novels, The Monkey & Me Series, explores the messy friendship between Kat and Bea. I naturally gravitate towards novels that understand that human interactions are rarely simple and that any relationship - whether family, friend or coworker- brings joy and pain in somewhat equal measure.
The relationship between Amy and Julia was beautifully layered. They are sitting in that sweet spot of lifelong friends who are not always good for each other. Amy is the accommodating one while Julia is happy to absorb every bit of accolade that Amy deserves.
Are you confused where the romance comes in? Well, Josh is a worthy fellow. I loved that he, too, was nontraditional. He's an oddity among oddities and no one is quite sure what to make of him. In the end, it's obvious that he needs someone as kind and unassuming as our charming Amy.
But I won't spoil even one more minute. This book deserves
your attention. It's well-written, charming and heartwarming while deftly saying what it has to say about life, relationships and how much we owe the people who surround us.
Buy it now!
Author Bio –
Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, three cats and two dogs! Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first-class honours degree in creative writing. Jane writes comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’. Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her Christmas novella, Christmas at the Little Village School, was the winner of the RONA Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2018.
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