New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle: A heartwarming, laugh out loud romantic comedy

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About this ebook

Fans of Cathy Bramley, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan will fall in love with the Cosy Kettle café, where slices of lemon meringue pie are served in the sun-dappled garden – and where Callie’s new beginning collides with an old flame…


After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love. She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: the Cosy Kettle. Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledgling business she’s built.


But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago, but when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest…


As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved.


Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?


Readers are falling in love with Callie’s story:


‘Words cannot describe how much I adored this novel… I loved every minute… hooks you from the start… will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy and I just loved every page… simply brilliant.’ The Cosiest Corner, 5 stars


‘The story grabs me from the very first pagewonderful!… reading about the cups of coffee and plates of lemon drizzle cakes made my taste buds tingle!... I found myself laughing all the way through! It is a definite page turner and I literally could not put it down once I started it!... a delight to read… Fabulous!! Highly recommended!’ Stardust Book Reviews


I absolutely adored this beautiful book… completely delightful… will warm your heart and leave you smiling from ear to ear. Highly recommend to all.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘What an absolutely brilliant book, it has everything you could possibly wantI fell in love with this book from the very beginningheart-warming and totally laugh-out-loud funnyyou can’t help smiling when you’re reading it.’ MrsCsHonestBookReviews, 5 stars


‘It is such a charming story!! It brings warm fuzzy feelings and tugs at your heart strings with stories of love and family… It also makes you chuckle a lothilarious… a fantastic read and I would definitely recommend it!’ Goodreads reviewer


Completely delightful story that crept up alongside me and enveloped me with a huge hug… gave me a warm fuzzy feeling.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘My goodness… Lovely, warm, comforting and just what I neededeverything I could have asked for and more. I was laughing, sighing contentedly and hoping for Callie's happily ever after.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘Warm and cosy… wonderful… A really enjoyable read – with a cup of tea and a piece of cake, this will be a fab weekend read!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


What a lovely story! It has romance, books, cakes and a whole cast of eccentric supporting characters…. If you love Cathy Bramley, I'd recommend you pick this up straight away!’ Goodreads reviewer


Amazing light hearted romance read!’ Bookish Bibliophile

Ratings and reviews

2 reviews
Gaele Hi
March 14, 2019
Callie has her life, quiet as it is, planned out and stable, or at least she thought. Her grandfather Stanley, who turned eighty and then stated “living his best life” with plans to skydive, participate in “wild” swimming and speaking the unvarnished truth to friends and those around him means she’s never entirely sure what will appear with the deliveryman next. Add to that, she’s got a new boss at the bookshop she’s spent the past 3 years working at, and she’s already dancing about with being late on the boss’ first morning. Never the boldest person at the best of times, Callie spent her childhood trying to avoid her constantly bickering parents – while they loved each other it seems as if their relationship hinged on the frequent and constant arguments that sent her off to her grandparents’ house for quiet – where she was welcomed by Stanley and Moira, fed Battenberg cake and could hear herself think. Callie’s new boss, Fiona, is pulled together, successful and appears to be in control – something Callie aspires to, and while Callie’s nature is calming and comforting for those around her, her own ability to access her emotions, particularly the unpleasant ones, or those that will cause conflict, preferring to smooth over tough patches and tell herself that it’s not a big deal, or that she didn’t really want to say something in that moment. Here is where Liz Eeles excels – she creates characters that feel plausible and possible, those that encourage empathy and always have that one friend (or more) who pushes for them to be more confident – cheering them on because, at heart, they are lovely people who deserve all the best things possible. And, Callie’s got those friends, both from her school days and as a result of her nurturing and kindly nature, not to mention her grandfather Stanley, who, while he seems to be off with the fairies in his own ‘discovery’ of his new and more adventurous self, mostly a result of his missing his wife and son, Callie’s father – their deaths hit him hard, and with some encouragement from a Sunday Magazine article that comes with the paper, he’s full of new ideas, pity ‘new-age’ sayings, and wearing skinny jeans with t-shirts meant for tween girls. But this, as much as it’s a story of a small town and the goings on, it’s also a story of Callie growing and changing, learning to speak her mind and allow those emotions she’s stuffed down to escape, and discover that, despite her own lack of self-confidence, there’s far more to her than one might think. All the ‘ones’ that is, with the exception of her friends and her schoolboy crush/boyfriend Noah – and once they work out just why they split, and where they could go – the pieces of the puzzle that is life (at least in that moment with not one, but two, successful tea shops under her belt) Callie’s got more on her plate when she truly FEELS happiness and excitement. 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.

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