A Vintage Summer By Cathy Bramley

A Vintage Summer By Cathy Bramley

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London has not been kind to Lottie Allbright. Realising it’s time to cut and run, she packs up and moves back home – but finds her family in disarray. In need of a new place to stay, Lottie takes up the offer of a live-in job managing a local vineyard. There’s a lot to learn – she didn’t even know grapes could grow so far north!

Butterworth Wines in the rolling Derbyshire hills has always been run on love and passion but a tragic death has left everyone at a loss. Widowed Betsy is trying to keep the place afloat but is harbouring a debilitating secret. Meanwhile her handsome but interfering grandson, Jensen, is trying to convince her to sell up and move into a home.

Lottie’s determined to save Butterworth Wines, but with all this and an unpredictable English summer to deal with, it’ll be a challenge.

And that’s before she discovers something that will turn her summer – and her world – upside down . . .

My Thoughts:

I love a Cathy Bramley read, they just bring so much warmth through into your life. The cover of this book is very summery and makes you want to dive in straight away. I loved the story and characters, I felt as though I was there in the thick of it. The information about the vineyard was really interesting and even though I have visited my local vineyard I will definitely have to go again.

I received a ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vintage-Summer-Cathy-Bramley-ebook

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A Match Made in Devon By Cathy Bramley

A Match Made in Devon By Cathy Bramley

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Sometimes you have to play a part to realise who you really are… 

Nina has always dreamed of being a star. Unfortunately her agent thinks she’s more girl-next-door than leading lady and her acting career isn’t going quite as planned. Then, after a series of very public blunders and to escape a gathering storm of paparazzi, Nina is forced to flee from London.

Her plan is to lay low with a friend in Devon, in beautiful Brightside Cove. But soon Nina learns that more drama can be found in a small village than on a hectic television set.

And when a gorgeous man (and his adorable dog) catch her eye, it’s not long before London and showbiz start to lose their appeal. Will Nina choose to return to the bright lights or has she met her match in Brightside Cove?

My Thoughts:

Cathy’s books just get better and better and I am always excited when the next one comes out. This story evolves around Nina who needs to get away for a bit because of some issues regarding her work as an actress. I love the way the story unfolds and I found it such a delightful read. Pure escapism.

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Kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Match-Made-Devon-Cathy-Bramley-ebook

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Match-Made-Devon-Cathy-Bramley

 

Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery By Cathy Bramley

Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery By Cathy Bramley

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Thirty-two-year-old Hetty Greengrass is the star around which the rest of her family orbits. Marriage, motherhood and helping Dan run Sunnybank Farm have certainly kept her hands full for the last twelve years. But when her daughter Poppy has to choose her inspiration for a school project and picks her aunt, not her mum, Hetty is left full of self-doubt.

Hetty’s always been generous with her time and until now, her biggest talent – baking deliciously moreish shortcrust pastry pies – has been limited to charity work and the village fete. But taking part in a competition run by Cumbria’s Finest to find the very best produce from the region might be just the thing to make her daughter proud . . . and reclaim something for herself.

Except that life isn’t as simple as producing the perfect pie. Changing the status quo isn’t easy – and with cracks appearing in her marriage and shocking secrets coming to light, Hetty must decide where her priorities really lie . . .

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to get snuggled up to read this book, the cover looks so inviting. Cathy Bramley is one of my favourite authors and this book was just brilliant. It centres around Hetty who is a farmers wife but wants to do something just for herself and to make her daughter Poppy proud. There are highs for Hetty and then there is some lows. The pies she makes sound absolutely wonderful so I shouldn’t read this book on an empty stomach. I loved all the characters and felt as though I was being swept away into their lives with them. This book by Cathy was delightful and delicious.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hettys-Farmhouse-Bakery-Cathy-Bramley-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hettys-Farmhouse-Bakery-Cathy-Bramley

White Lies & Wishes By Cathy Bramley

White Lies & Wishes By Cathy Bramley

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What happens when what you wish for is only half the story…?

Three strangers and a funeral, that’s all it takes for these women’s lives and wishes to intersect. Death has a funny way of showing you what you really want out of life… or so they say, anyway.

Jo is flirty and a little after thirty, but what she really wants is to get her business back on track and conquer her fear of heights. That’s what she’ll say when asked, anyway. She has things to prove and finding love can always wait…

Sarah has the best of both worlds, baby in one hand and job in the other. All she wants is to get that promotion, then all those missed bath times will be worth it. So she says, anyway. She can’t stop to think about it too long or she might drop something…

All Carrie wants is to shift the excess pounds and look good for summer. Wearing a bikini is all she has ever desired. So she has always said, anyway. But it’s not the only weight she’s carrying, dark secrets from her past are threatening to surface…

So the three unlikely new friends set themselves a deadline to get their lives in order; juggling blokes, babies and bikini bottoms along the way. There’s nothing to stop them from achieving their dreams – except those little white lies we all tell…

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Cathy’s books, there is just something lovely about curling up with one of her books and escaping from everyday life. The story is about three women who get to know each other and become good friends. I loved reading each women’s story, it was real life. I warmed to all three women and felt as though I was part of their friendship.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Lies-Wishes-Cathy-Bramley-ebook

Paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Lies-Wishes-Cathy-Bramley

The Lemon Tree Cafe By Cathy Bramley

The Lemon Tree Cafe By Cathy Bramley

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When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe – a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire – feels like the perfect way to keep busy.

Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she is haunted by a terrible secret, one that even the appearance of a handsome new face can’t quite help her move on from.

Then disaster looms and the cafe’s fortunes are threatened . . . and Rosie discovers that her nonna has been hiding a dark past of her own. With surprises, betrayal and more than one secret brewing, can she find a way to save the Lemon Tree Cafe and help both herself and Nonna achieve the happy endings they deserve?

My Thoughts:

The cover of this book is so colourful and inviting, it makes you want to jump right in. You can’t go wrong with a Cathy Bramley book, you just know your going to get a real corker and this story did not disappoint. There is love, secrets, surprises and a whole lot of tasty sounding food. Loved it.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lemon-Tree-Café-Cathy-Bramley-ebook/

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Ivy Lane By Cathy Bramley

Ivy Lane By Cathy Bramley

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From spring to summer, autumn to winter, a lot can happen in a single year . . .

Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution.

But the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy, comforting world of planting seedlings, organizing bake sales and planning seasonal parties.

As the seasons pass, will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life – and her heart?

My Thoughts: 

Having read some of Cathy’s other books, I was really looking forward to reading this one. I loved Tilly even though she had heartbreak in her past, she still manages to look after her good friends. I was wishing that she had a happy ending and I thought the ending was the right one. I loved the idea of a small village all getting together and how they help each other out. I absolutely loved this book and there are some tasty recipes in the back section of this book that I may try out.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ivy-Lane-Cathy-Bramley/

The Plumberry School of Comfort Food By Cathy Bramley

The Plumberry School of Comfort Food By Cathy Bramley

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Verity Bloom hasn’t been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.

But an opportunity to help a friend lands her right back in the heart of the kitchen. The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up. And with new friendships bubbling and a sprinkling of romance in the mix, Verity finally begins to feel like she’s home.

But when tragedy strikes at the very heart of the cookery school, can Verity find the magic ingredient for Plumberry while still writing her own recipe for happiness?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this story, even though I had never met the characters before it did feel as if I knew them already. The cover of this book is really enticing and colourful and I wasn’t sure about the significance of the kingfisher but if you read this book you will find out. My heart went out to Verity and I can see what a lovely girl she is by what she had done for her best friend and how her life is now. The story was a bit emotional but there were also some laughs, I liked the sound of the two dachshunds Comfrey and Sage they sounded like little pickles. There are also some fantastic recipes at the end of this book for you to try out, I will definitely be making the mac n cheese as it is my favourite food.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plumberry-School-Comfort-Food