The Little Village Bakery (Honeybourne book 1) written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture is available from WEDNESDAY 15th June 2016 in ebook and paperback format.
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Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery.
Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.
Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.
But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.
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I adored this delightful story from Tilly Tennant and I am already pining for more from the characters I’ve learned to love in the charming village of Honeybourne.
Tilly has created such likeable characters. I liked Millie from the start, I could feel her heart ache but could sense there was more to her character. She was kind, considerate, creative. I loved how she knew apothecary and was interested in all things magical and mystical, it made her a ‘supercool’ character within the village. Dylan was instantly likeable, the village lothario living a carefree life but was an adorable uncle to his nieces and nephew and a very caring brother. You could appreciate why he was admired by women of all ages. Jasmine felt like the glue to her family and most of the villages. She was a hardworking mum to triplets and had her own jewellery business.
Millie Hopkin was desperately sad and couldn’t cope anymore with the constant reminders and threats from her past. She just had to get away and the snapshot of an old disused bakery on a property website, nestled in the village of Honeybourne, gave her the much needed hope for the future.
Weeks later Millie was unpacking the hired van full of all her possessions into the old bakery. Millie’s dreams of taking over the old bakery and turning it into her own bakery were coming into fruition. However, Millie didn’t envisage how run down the building was and she now realised her dream would take a lot of hard work and expense she couldn’t afford.
Jasmine and Rich and their triplets Rachel, Rebecca and Reuben have been living in the village of Honeybourne all their life. When they notice Millie moving in they are keen to make her feel welcome in their village and offer help. Jasmine runs her own jewellery business and Rich is a musician. Jasmine’s brother Dylan, also notices Millie moving in but he has a slightly ulterior motive for helping Millie. Dylan, is the village charmer and womaniser and when he first catches sight of Millie an instant attraction is felt.
The friendly, helpful neighbours make Millie wary. She escaped her past and was hoping to settle in a quiet village keeping herself to herself. She didn’t expect to find people so willing to introduce themselves and support her new business. Millie eventually learns to accept their kindness but the threat from her past returns to wreak havoc with her new friends and with her hope of a new beginning.
Can Millie, with the help of her new friends, learn to leave the past behind and move on? Can they eliminate her fears for the future?
A lovely heart warming tale of new beginnings, new friends, new love. 5/5*
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