I'm so happy to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry. Today you can catch my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
If you want to move forward, sometimes you have to go back …
Prepare to fall in love with beautiful village of Burley Bridge.
Growing up in a quiet Yorkshire village, Roxanne couldn’t wait to escape and find her place in the world in London. As a high-powered fashion editor she lives a glamorous life of perennial singlehood – or so it seems to her sister Della. But when Roxanne gets her heart broken by a fashion photographer, she runs away, back to Della’s welcoming home above her bookshop in Burley Bridge.
But Burley Bridge, Roxanne discovers, is even quieter than she remembered. There’s nothing to do, so Roxanne agrees to walk Della’s dog Stanley. It’s on these walks that Roxanne makes a startling discovery: the people who live in Burley Bridge are, well, just people – different from the fashion set she’s used to, but kind and even interesting. Michael, a widower trying to make a go of a small bakery, particularly so. Little by little, cupcake by cupcake, Roxanne and Michael fall into a comforting friendship.
Could there be a life for Roxanne after all, in the place she’s spent 46 years trying to escape?
The first part of the book is a great introduction to Roxanne's character and her life in London along with her relationship with Sean. After a disastrous day at work and then a terrible evening (let's be clear on things Dancing Queen is a fab song) events have well and truly spiralled out of control for Roxanne. With her life suddenly changing she finds herself on her way back to Burley Bridge to see her sister Della.
I loved Burley Bridge although I did wonder at first how Roxanne would cope with a more sedate way of life after living in London for so long. Along with seeing how she would react to being so near to her sister and reconnecting with her. I loved seeing Roxanne's personality shine through as the story progresses and she became a more likeable and rounded character. Ellen Berry manages to bring the place to life with her writing along with the people who live there.
This book is full of charm with a wonderful light and heartwarming feel to it that will certainly put you in a good mood. The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane moves at a lovely pace and is perfect to curl up with and enjoy!
With thanks to Sabah at Avon Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.