Double Review – Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café and A Wedding at The Cosy Cottage Café by Rachel Griffiths @authorRG #bookreview #feelgoodfiction

There are times in your life when you just want to escape from the world by turning off the TV, turn off your mobile and immerse yourself in a book.  I knew from past experience that the writing style of Rachel Griffiths would do just the job.  So I have the pleasure of sharing not one but two reviews of two of her novellas in her The Cosy Cottage Café series.

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Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook and kindleunlimited.

Book Blurb

Artist Honey Blackwell is happy with her life. Well, almost. She lives in the picturesque village of Heatherlea, has three close friends and a soft spot for local supply teacher Dane Ackerman. If only she could put her past behind her and embrace the present.

Dane is working hard to prove himself at the village primary school and doesn’t really have time for love, but he’s drawn to Honey and hopes she feels the same. When a permanent teaching position is advertised in Heatherlea, he faces stiff competition to secure it.

As Honey and Dane deal with the ups and downs of life, will they be able to find a way to be together, or will they have to accept that sometimes love just isn’t enough?

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Review

Rachel Griffiths has a proven track record of writing cosy, warm hearted stories that have characters that are real and relatable and her settings are so idyllic that you just want to pack your bags and live within the pages.  Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café is book 4 in The Cosy Cottage Café series.

It’s been over two years since my last visit to The Cosy Cottage Cafe and the gang but as soon as I opened my kindle I felt very welcomed back into their lives. This little instalment is Honey’s story.  Honey is a local artist that is part of the lovely friendship group of Allie, Camilla and Dawn.  Honey has been carrying a heart breaking emotional scar for a long time that she hasn’t shared with anyone.  When her friendship with local teacher Dane becomes more she grows afraid of her past and instantly backs away from what could be a beautiful friendship.

With confusions of the heart and miscommunications from both Honey and Dane can the pair reach out to each other and share their innermost thoughts?

A gorgeous heart-warming story that has left me wanting more from The Cosy Cottage Café and I know I’ve got a wedding to look forward to, but who’s wedding is it?

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A Wedding at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook and kindleunlimited.

Book Blurb

When Allie Jones’ daughter, Mandy, arrives at The Cosy Cottage Café in tears one spring morning, Allie is extremely concerned. She’s been worried about her career-driven daughter for a while, and she’s hoping she’ll finally get to find out what’s wrong.

Dawn Dix-Beaumont has her hands full with three young children, a husband who works from home and the guinea pig family that lives in her garden. She’s happier than she’s ever been, but is it too good to last?

Camilla Dix is madly in love with local vet Tom Stone. Being with Tom and cuddling her baby niece have stirred feelings she didn’t know she had, but it’s far too soon to be making long-term plans. Isn’t it?

Honey Blackwell’s boyfriend, Dane Ackerman, has secured his teaching post at Heatherlea Primary School and they’ve decided to live together. Everything seems to be working out well, until a member of Honey’s household expresses a clear dislike for the handsome teacher.

Plus someone has been planning a proposal…

Join Allie and her friends this summer as cakes are baked, secrets are shared and surprises bring smiles and tears at The Cosy Cottage Café.

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Review

I love a wedding; the romantic proposal and the build up to the big day of celebrations but when you have four loved up couples in the village of Heatherlea which one of our couples is getting married?

This story follows on from book 4 (Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café) to when Allie’s daughter has returned home distraught.  Allie is trying to comfort her daughter and work out what has happened.

Whilst Allie is in talks with her daughter Dawn makes an upsetting discovery which is very sad but the author Rachel Griffiths has cleverly written around this storyline turning it into something quite wonderful.

Camilla also has concerns regarding decisions to her future and is so flummoxed about it all she inadvertently involves another one of our couples which turns into some amusing scenes.

A Wedding at The Cosy Cottage Café is another wonderful instalment in the idyllic setting of The Cosy Cottage Café were friendship, community spirit and love is the key to happiness all washed down with tea and cake.

I would wholeheartedly recommend reading all the books in the series in order to fully appreciate and enjoy the reading experience of this gorgeous cosy romance series.  The books in order are:

  • Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café
  • Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café
  • Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café
  • Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café

A Year at The Cosy Cottage Café – an anthology of the first four books in the series

  • A Wedding at The Cosy Cottage Café

About the Author

Rachel Griffiths is an author, wife, mother, Earl Grey tea drinker, gin enthusiast, dog walker and fan of the afternoon nap. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family.

Twitter:  @authorRG

Instagram:  @rachelgriffithsauthor

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Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths @authorRG #bookreview #feelgoodfiction #holidayread #contemporaryromance #novella #TheLittleCornishGiftShop

 

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Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindelunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2vY0rkY

Book Blurb

Jake Woodhouse has stayed on at Driftwood Cottage for longer than he planned, but he just can’t seem to find the will to move on. It’s partly to do with the fact that he loves the location, but also because he doesn’t like the idea of leaving his friend Ruby Penrose behind.
Ruby is enjoying being back in Cornwall, working at the Little Cornish Gift Shop, eating all the delicious food her nanna makes and spending time with Jake. Her creative flair has also returned and she’s been working on a few different projects.
A shock phone call from his mother forces Jake to consider his options. He still has issues from his past hanging over him and he knows he can’t really move on until he deals with them.
When Jake leaves, Ruby knows it’s for the best, but she can’t help wondering what might have happened if he’d stayed.

This is the second short story in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

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Oh this was such a treat to return to Cornwall and our friends at The Little Cornish Gift Shop.  I read book one in the mini series; Christmas at The Little Cornish Gift Shop, at the end of December and I have missed the characters I had discovered in the start to this delightful mini series by Rachel Griffiths.  You can find my review for book one here.

Ruby is still happily living with her nanna in the gift shop and it’s feeling very much like home for her and she’s started to write, which she’s been struggling with for a while.  Her friendship with Jake is growing and she can’t imagine life in Cornwall without him and his bulldog, Sherlock Bones.

Jake himself too is starting to feel like Cornwall is his new home but his past is about to rock his world again causing much distress for him, his dog and his friends Ruby and Hetty.

Will Jake be tempted by the bright lights of the city?  Will his ex continue to hold the strings to his life? What does this mean for his blossoming friendship with Ruby?

I’ve really enjoyed this mini series by Rachel Griffiths; it’s light hearted, fun and gorgeously romantic.  The Little Cornish Gift Shop mini series is the perfect relaxing read any time of day evoking many feel-good vibes and giving your heart and soul a chance to breathe and take in the charms of the beautiful coastline in the UK.

About the Author

Rachel Griffiths is an author, wife, mother, Earl Grey tea drinker, gin enthusiast, dog walker and fan of the afternoon nap. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family. Over the years, she has had a variety of jobs including stacking supermarket shelves, polishing soaps in a health and beauty shop and teaching pupils how to read and write. After almost twenty years in the classroom, she is lucky enough to be living her dream as a full-time writer.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorRG

Christmas at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths book review

 

Christmas at the little cornish gift shop

Christmas at the Little Cornish Gift Shop written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2RmW4Mq

Product Details

Following a series of disastrous dates and losing her job as a room attendant at a top London hotel, Ruby Penrose heads home to Cornwall. Her dreams of making it as a screenwriter failed and she has no idea what to do next.
Reality TV star Jake Woodhouse was delighted to find a small, isolated Cornish cottage to rent for the holidays. He aims to spend his days there in peace and quiet, licking his wounds – his only company his faithful, but stubborn, British bulldog, Sherlock Bones.
But as Ruby and Jake are drawn together by the magic of the festive season and the Little Cornish Gift Shop, they both begin to realise that sometimes it is possible to learn to trust again, and that friendship can be the most valuable Christmas gift of all.

This is the first of three short stories in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

Look out for Spring at The Little Cornish Gift Shop coming in 2019.

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What do you do when your reality becomes the prime TV viewing for millions and your personal life is scrupulously dissected by the media?  You pack your bags and find solace at a remote cottage on the Cornish coast.  Luckily for Jake Woodhouse the wifi signal is rubbish in the Cornish village and the local residents don’t watch much TV so with his hairy disguise he can take time out from the crazy world he was thrown into and learn to relax and take stock of his life.

When Ruby Penrose was younger she dreamed of becoming a writer so when she finished her education she left her home in Cornwall to move to London hoping the bright lights of the city will help her in her quest.  A few years later with no luck in her writing and losing her job in a hotel Ruby is on her way back to Cornwall.  Her nanna owns and runs the Little Cornish Gift Shop and is also the landlady of the cottage that Jake has temporarily moved in to.

Jake and his bulldog, Sherlock Bones, are soon feeling more relaxed but when Jake bumps into Ruby and finds out she lived in London it soon sets his awareness on alert again of how close he is to being found out.

Rachel Griffiths has created a lovely start to a new series, which I know is going to be another winner for the author.  It has a gorgeous feel-good theme running through it and you can sense the story is written from the heart.  With the additional cast of two furry friends, a British bulldog called Sherlock Bones and a rescued greyhound called Amber, bringing fun, charm and companionship to Jake and Ruby.  Friendship soon develops and life for these two lost souls from the city soon starts to look rosy.  But how long can Jake keep his other life secret?  I’m looking forward to the next instalments in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

About the Author

Rachel Griffiths is an author, wife, mother, Earl Grey tea drinker, gin enthusiast, dog walker and fan of the afternoon nap. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family. Over the years, she has had a variety of jobs including stacking supermarket shelves, polishing soaps in a health and beauty shop and teaching pupils how to read and write. After almost twenty years in the classroom, she is lucky enough to be living her dream as a full-time writer.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorRG

 

Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café by Rachel Griffiths book review

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Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2A4EHZ3

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Camilla Dix is fiercely independent. Growing up, she had to be strong for her mother and younger sister after her father left them for a new life in Benidorm. Camilla has kept her heart firmly closed to love, and never allows her relationships with men to develop into anything serious.

Tom Stone moved to Heatherlea for a fresh start. He’s been hurt in the past and has no intention of making himself vulnerable again. The only company he wants at night is that of his rescue British Bulldog Hairy Pawter.

However, when Camilla and Tom meet, they can’t deny their mutual attraction, and something deeper soon develops between them.

As snows falls over Heatherlea, mulled wine flows and festive carols fill the air, but can Camilla and Tom put their fears aside and trust each other enough to let love in?

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This was such a treat to return to one of my favourite cafes (shame it’s fictional)!  Rachel Griffiths has created an idyllic setting for her new book series and Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café is our third outing to the café.  Each book can be read as a standalone but to fully immerse yourself in this picturesque landscape and the characters that the author has created I would fully recommend reading all the books in the series in chronological order.  The books now available are:

  • Summer at The Cosy Cottage Cafe
  • Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Cafe
  • Winter at The Cosy Cottage Cafe

and coming soon …

  • Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café

I instantly felt like I was re-visiting my very own book family as Rachel Griffiths has created a lovely myriad of characters for this series.  Characters written with warmth and humour and all set around The Cosy Cottage Café in the fictional country village of Heatherlea.

This story focuses on Camilla, the older sister of Dawn and the glamorous career woman from the friendship group that live in the village and congregate at the café.  Due to heartbreak in the past Camilla is wary of committing to a relationship but when a new vet turns up in the village Camilla is instantly attracted but is confused with her growing feelings.

Vet Tom has recently moved to the village following his own heartbreak, with the unique help of his trusted dog HP he is trying to settle into a new community.

With the festive season in full flow the storyline weaves around Christmas markets with festive foodie treats and handmade toys.  Family and relationship unrest but with a close friendship circle any unsettling is minimised by the love of the community within.

This was such a fun, festive read and the author has given us so many comical moments in this story.  A story of letting go of the past and opening your heart to new beginnings.  Cosy, comforting, full of laughter and festive sparkle.

To learn more about Rachel Griffiths and her work please do visit the following pages:

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The Cosy Cottage Café book series by Rachel Griffiths: Summer and Autumn book review

Author Rachel Griffiths has written a new cosy romance book series and I’m pleased to share my reviews of the first two instalments in the series; Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café and Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café.

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Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2v6N0gf

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Allie Jones loves her cosy cottage café in the picturesque village of Heatherlea. She has her independence, two grown-up children and two cute cats. Life is settled and she thinks she’s happy.

Author Chris Monroe has it all. Critical success, a luxurious London apartment, and the kind of jet-set lifestyle most people dream of. But something’s missing.

When a family bereavement throws these two old friends together, they begin to question the true meaning of happiness.

Love is in the air, but do Allie and Chris have room in their hands-on lives for more than a summer fling?

My Review

This was such a treat of a read. I loved, loved the sound of this haven that the main character Allie Jones had created with The Cosy Cottage Café. Six years ago Allie’s life had turned upside down with the tragic death of her husband Roger. Wanting to start afresh for her two children and herself Allie bought the rundown cottage turning the bottom half into a café. A lifelong dream of hers since secondary school bringing so much joy and comfort not only to herself but also to the community.

The café was doing fine and Allie was happy with the life she had formed for her two now grown-up children, her two cats and herself. However, when a close friend from the past turns up she realises how much she has missed the bond she once shared with Chris.

Chris Monroe left the village just after his two close friends Roger and Allie married. Wanting to pursue a career in writing he sought the buzz of the city. Now a successful author with benefits of a great lifestyle it takes the sad death of his mother to bring him back to the village. He then realises what and who was missing from his life, Allie Jones.

The rekindling of friendship between Allie and Chris evokes many memories between them and emotions soon stir between them. Can love make way into each of their lives?

A gorgeous start to a new book series that I am already eagerly awaiting for the next instalment. A beautiful, cosy, heart warming romance.

autumn at the cosy cottage cafe

Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2xjQ75r

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Motherhood has been one of the great blessings of Dawn Dix-Beaumont’s life but with her children’s growing independence, it’s finally time for Dawn to return to teaching. However, Mother Nature has other ideas…

Rick Beaumont loves his family but he’s busier than ever. With his high-flying career, two children and a third on the way, there’s a lot to juggle.

Battling expectations, disappointments and a few surprises along the way, Dawn and Rick find their commitment to each other tested to the limit. The next steps they take will be the most important of their lives.

So when the pressure mounts and an important decision has to be made, will Dawn and Rick’s marriage become stronger than ever, or will it be time to move in different directions?

My Review

This is the second book in the new cosy romance series by Rachel Griffiths and I’m loving it! I feel at home with these novels. The setting is perfect; a cosy cottage cafe in a small country village. The ideal haven for friends and family to have a cup of tea and a piece of cake to catch up on gossip, to forget about your everyday chaos, to meet and make new friends, to welcome in old friends. This little book series makes you feel like you are joining friends with the warm array of characters the author has created.

This second book concentrates on Dawn who is married to Rick and has two children. She’s just found out she is expecting her third child, a complete shock and surprise. Dawn had hopes of returning to her teaching career now the children were settled in school. However, with this new arrival now on the cards Dawn’s hopes of returning to work are put on the back burner. Dawn’s emotions are all over the place and she’s starting to feel a little vulnerable in her marriage. Rick works very long hours in the city and seems to be spending more time away from home. Can the couple get a little time together to work out their concerns?

Another gorgeous story from an author that is rapidly becoming one of my favourites.

To find out more about Rachel Griffiths and her work please visit the following pages:

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/authorRG