The Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi Swain

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but how pretty is this? And it’s a treat of a story inside its covers too. Lizzie has returned to her hometown, retreating from a humiliating failed relationship. You immediately feel sorry for Lizzie for the manner in which she was dumped. Rather than staying with her parents, she takes up her friend Jemma’s offer to live above the cafe she is renovating with her husband Tom. Lizzie is surprised to discover that her old high school crush, Ben,  is working on the cafe renovations and staying with her friends. Ben is also reeling from a broken relationship and it turns out they have more in common than Lizzies realises. Cue awkward moments and revival of old feelings. I love books where you just know that the two main characters should be together but they can’t see it. Even Ella, Lizzie’s young god-daughter, can see it saying early on “Why aren’t you two a couple? You’ve both had your hearts broken haven’t you? Why can’t you mend each other?” Out of the mouth of babes! Add in to the mix a few money issues, ill health, family problems, new job opportunities, other admirers and you get a book where there are many ups and downs before the end.

The cafe itself is the other star of this story. It was a part of Lizzie and Jemma’s lives when they were younger and they work hard to make it beautiful and successful again. The descriptions of the lovely cakes that Jemma bakes are mouthwatering. And Lizzie’s crafting designs and classes will have you ready to dust off your sewing machine and run up a line of pretty bunting!

This is a story of second chances and new beginnings: a second chance and new lease of life for The Cherry Tree Cafe and new possibilities of love for Lizzie and Ben. Perfect chick-lit leaving you with a warm fuzzy feeling and a big smile on your face!

five-star-review

My thanks to Simon & Schuster publishers for providing a  review copy via Netgalley. The book will be published on 16 July 2015 and you can preorder a copy here: The Cherry Tree Cafe

What the book’s about:

Cupcakes, crafting and love at The Cherry Tree Cafe…

Lizzie Dixon’s life feels as though it’s fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So, there’s only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again. Her best friend Jemma is delighted Lizzie has come back home. She has just bought a little cafe and needs help in getting it ready for the grand opening. And Lizzie’s sewing skills are just what she needs. With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago…?

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