The Cosy TeaShop In The Castle by Caroline Roberts
When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.
When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?
My honest thoughts on this book:
First of all, I must mention the scrumptious book cover! What a treat for my bookish eyes! Love the cheerfulness brought out by the colours as well as a tiny peek into the main character story.
The Cosy Tea Shop In The Castle truly warmed my heart! Caroline Roberts has created an uplifting and utterly delightful story of never give up your dreams and desires.
I love a woman with a strong will to make her dream come true, and Ellie is certainly that woman. She is a hard worker, fun and fabulous. I adore her from the first page and could not help to give a big (virtual )hugs as I finished the last page.
Ellie always dreamt of having her own Tea Shop one day and with the inheritance of her grandma's money as well as the baking gene she is more than ready to leave her boring insurance job behind and move on. So when she spots an advert in the paper about a lease on a Cleverham Castle Tea Shops Ellie is over the moon. After the initial rather a bumpy interview, Ellie receives a surprising phone call from the dishy castle manager Joe offering her the job! Ellie's dream life is about to start in more than one way!
After a steep learning curve that comes with running a seasonal Tea shop in the ground of an impressive century old castle, Ellie starts to make a significant progress not only on a business level but also on a personal one. I love the way both Ellie and Joe have this pull towards each other. There is certainly a strong spark between them. They seem to enjoy each others company at every given opportunity and after a short hesitation and some internal battles they give each other a chance at happiness.
Caroline also created a very memorable cast of supporting characters. Each with their own quirky personality added a great dimension to this story. My favourite is definitely Doris. Initially, I found Ellie will have full hands with her, but Doris surprised me because I found a very warm heart under her prickly personality.
And of course, I must not forget the center of this story, The Cleverham Castle! Every Castle has a certain veil of mystery. The stories it could tell and Cleverham Castle sure comes alive from the pen of Caroline Roberts. I absolutely adored the description of the grand rooms and the history that comes with it. I can really seem myself having a relaxing cup of coffee and Ellie's famously delectable coffee cake at the Tea Shop in the caste.
Why should this book be on top of your TBR?
Well if you like a romantic comedy with vibrant characters, oodles of scrumptious cakes/ coffee or tea on hand and zingy love affair against the backdrop of a historical castle then you should definitely pick up this little gem of a story. I loved it!
The Author: Caroline Roberts
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