Prepare to fall in love with beautiful village of Burley Bridge.
Growing up in a Yorkshire village, Roxanne Cartwright couldn’t wait to escape and make her place in the world. Now, thirty years later, she’s a fashion editor living a glamorous life of perennial singlehood in London – or so it seems to her sister Della. But when Roxanne finds her career under threat, she feels herself pulled back to the quiet village she’d been so desperate to leave.
As Roxanne reacquaints herself with life on Rosemary Lane, she slowly makes a surprising 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 single dad trying to make a go of a small bakery, particularly so. Little by little, cupcake by cupcake, Roxanne and Michael fall into an unexpected friendship.
Could there be a life for Roxanne after all, in the place she’s spent years trying to escape?
This is the second book in the Rosemary lane series, the first book is called The bookshop on Rosemary Lane. The main character is Roxanne and she is a fashion editor living the high life but when a new boss comes in, her career may not be as it seems. She decided to go and stay with her sister Della and the quiet village she left behind. I felt slightly disappointed that it wasn’t really centred around the bakery, yes there is a mention of a bakery and a few other things but I was hoping for a bit more. I like the fact that we see characters from the first book popping up. I found the bookshop slightly taking over this book.
I was given an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
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Here is a recipe from the lovely Ellen Berry just for you:
Easy-peasy Lemon and Lime Cake / Ellen Berry
I love this cake because it’s so simple to make – and so delicious. Kids might think it’s a little plain, but that means there’s all the more for you. With the lemon and lime flavours it’s not cloyingly sweet – and you can try it with oranges instead, which is just as delicious.
As a novice baker, with more than my share of failures, I treasure simple, quick recipes – this takes no more than 15 minutes to knock together.
230 g softened unsalted butter
230 g golden caster sugar
175 g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
20 g ground almonds
Granulated sugar for sprinkling on top
Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon and 2 limes
(Or 2 oranges)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/Gas 4. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the base with a circle of baking parchment.
- Put the butter, caster sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl and sift in the flour and baking powder.
- Add the lemon and lime rind and beat until blended.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until lightly golden and a metal skewer comes out clean from the centre of the cake.
- Remove from oven. Leaving the cake in its tin, sprinkle with granulated sugar and dribble over the lemon and lime juice. Allow to cool in its tin, then remove and serve in dainty slices.