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Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

Setting: Yorkshire, England
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 7, 2017

Roxanne couldn't wait to escape the quiet lifestyle Burley Bridge offered. She's made quite a success of herself in London. When a new editor takes over the fashion magazine and announces Roxanne is being shifted to a new role, a role that Roxanne doesn't want, she decides to take her new boss up on the idea of a country sabbatical.

Back in her hometown, Roxanne's helping her sister with her sister's bookshop. She's also enjoying quieter mornings walking the hillside with her sister's scrappy little terrier. What Roxanne soon finds is that London may not be all she thought. She needs to decide if being a high-powered magazine fashionista is really for her or if the quiet charm of Burley Bridge, and the charming bakery owner, are what she needs now that she's older.

Strengths and Weaknesses

The atmosphere created by Ellen Berry really drew me in. If you've ever been to a  village in Yorkshire, you'll know. She's done a marvelous job creating a village and its quaint shops. I wanted to be part of the town.

I like Roxanne's character. She's feisty and smart. I loved when she started to realize that the guy back in London may not be what she really needs. In a sense, this story becomes her later-in-life coming of age story. It made me really enjoy The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane.

I did have one issue. It's trivial, but I wasn't ready for the story to end. I liked the town and people in it too much. I haven't looked yet, but I'm hoping this is going to be or maybe already is a series. I want to return.

RTR's Bottom Line

A lot of my mom's family live in East Yorkshire. It's where she grew up. I understand the quaint, homey feeling and found myself longing to get away as I read The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane. Ellen Berry draws you into the lives and homes of her characters and makes you want to stay. What a light, enjoyable read.

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