A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle: A feel good, laugh out loud romantic comedy

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This book is AMAZING!... Omgggggggggg!!!! What a SCRUMPTIOUS read!!... I genuinely could not, and did not want to put it down at all… I would advise that you switch your phone to silent, grab a ginormous slice of cake and ignore EVERYONE around you while you binge read…The Writing Garnet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


The Cosy Kettle café is the perfect place to escape this summer, for fans of Cathy Bramley, Jenny Colgan and Debbie Johnson. Guests can tuck in to fruit puddings and strawberry-studded ice cream, but for Flora, the warm summer breeze is blowing in big changes…


When Flora finds out about her husband’s secret fling, she escapes to the one place she feels safe: her beloved café, the Cosy Kettle, in the charming village of Honeyford. Serving up cream teas to her café regulars is the perfect way to soothe her broken heart, and although she’s never lived in the area, the little community welcome her with open arms.

She’s soon lodging with local eccentric Luna in her remote and beautiful Starlight Cottage, snuggled between rolling green hills. Luna’s handsome son Daniel lost his wife several years ago, and as Flora gets to know him, sharing walks through the blossom-scented woods, they both slowly begin to heal… and she realises that behind Daniel’s quiet exterior, there’s a passionate nature that makes her forget all about her ex-husband.

As she settles into her new life, hosting a baking competition for the village’s summer celebration seems like a great idea… but with Daniel’s mysterious silences leading Flora to believe he’s hiding secrets, she can’t help but wonder if she can really trust him. And when the race to bake the perfect Victoria sponge stirs up old rivalries between locals, Flora starts to feel like she’s bitten off more than she can chew.

After her new start, will Flora ever truly belong in Honeyford? And, this summer, can she risk opening up her heart again?

Readers are loving A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle:


Love love love this book so much! It's absolutely incredible… anyone who is a fan of a lovely heartwarming book, should definitely read this!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Oh my heart… a must read… I am absolutely blown away with how much I loved and enjoyed it…. A well deserved five starsHighly recommend. I actually devoured most of this book in a day, I couldn’t put it down.’ Between the Pages Book Club, 5 stars


‘This is bloody fantastic!!... I completely and utterly fell in love with this story… one of those that you can’t put down… fantastic… will give you all the feels and will have you laughing out loudthe perfect book to read on a summers evening… Absolutely 100% recommended by me!!Curled Up with a Good Book, 5 stars

Funny, heart-warming and totally addictive, I just couldn't put it down… an absolutely smashing book.’ Mrs C’s Honest Book Reviews, 5 stars

Loved the book!!... delightful… Definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘This story was a fabulous feel good read, with a little bit of mystery, some romance and plenty of laughs to keep you going right from the beginning to the end! I loved it and once started, couldn’t put it down!!Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘I have fallen in loveI adored this book… I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and highly recommend it to all who are looking for a summer escape.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I loved this bookbrilliant characters… a page turner from the start… warm, charming and laugh out loud funny. A thoroughly enjoyable story.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A fabulous, feel-good book filled with yummy food, fantastic characters, a cafe that I desperately want I visit and a storyline that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This is a perfect place to escape on a sunny summers day… so many funny parts, I laughed all the way through… a definite page turner and I loved it. I highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads reviewer

2 reviews
Gaele Hi
July 5, 2019
Returning to Honeyford and the Cosy Kettle Café tucked in the bookshop, this story is focusing on Flora, the new owner of the bookshop and her struggles to make things work, even when her husband Malcolm is subtly (and not so) undermining her efforts. Again the little town, while looking at her cautiously, is open to hearing and supporting her, particularly when she discovers that Malcolm is having an affair with a waitress in his restaurant, and tries to blame Flora’s preoccupation with the bookshop as the reason. While Flora is struggling to find a way to continue to say no to Malcolm’s demands, she is rescued by Luna, the owner of the ‘new age’ shop in town, and offered a refuge in terms of room and space in her cottage. Moving in with Luna to her cottage offers her a space to sleep, beautiful views, a vegan meal and interactions with Daniel and his young son Caleb. Yet Daniel and Malcolm are not thrilled with Fiona’s new choice of living space: Malcolm because he wants her back to be a ‘helper’ (read unpaid dogs body) at the restaurant, and Daniel is worried that Fiona is looking to take advantage of his mum. It doesn’t help that Caleb had an ’accident’ in the café, with spillage and dents involved, and Fiona (already having a bad day) was less than understanding. But, she’s got so much on her plate AND is desperate to find a “fit’ in the little town of Honeyford that she’s all in for the upcoming festival: one where their 900+ year old Royal Charter for the market will be celebrated with an ‘all hands on deck’ event in town. Being more than a bit of a snob, her husband doesn’t think that she is spending her time ‘usefully’, and is doing his best to manipulate, degrade and bully her back into ‘her place’ so his life can proceed unfettered. Yet, despite her personal tumult, Flora is determined to make the bookshop (and their participation in the festival) a success, and pushes back at Malcolm’s efforts to bring her back home. Like the first (New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle), Eeles brings us everything: a palpable feel of the town, clever and rather eccentric characters who all have a ‘point’ to make in the story, a sense of community and the actual goodwill and openness to Flora and her efforts to fit in. It wasn’t all an easy or straightforward path for her, but when she took a bit of Luna’s advice, Eeles again created a story where Flora was allowed to grow and flourish, finding a new and different way to define her place in the world and her acceptance into the little village. A lovely series that will be sure to leave you with a smile and more than a few moments to laugh. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Erin Lewis
June 25, 2019
5 star review of  A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake (Cozy Kettle #2) by Liz Eeles Liz Eeles is a new author to me and this was a fun read that I really enjoyed. The title of the book intrigued me as did the blurb. The writing was descriptive and certainly drew me to Honeyford and the wonderful people who live there. Flora is the owner of the cafe and bookshop, married for twenty years, she finds out her husband cheated and now she is questioning her life. Will Honeyford accept her or is she doomed to remain an outsider? I really disliked Flora’s cheating ex and was happy she left him. I was happy to see the sparks fly between Flora and Daniel. The secondary characters were entertaining, particularly Luna, a woman who has a mystic shop in the high street. She is quirky, unique, caring and compassionate. There is so much to enjoy in this story. The parade, the Charter Day event, the love of community was heart warming. The friendship between Flora and Luna was intriguing and added to the enjoyment. I received a copy of this book through the publisher via Netgalley.

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