Book Review: A Year at Castle Court by Holly Hepburn

A Year at Castle Court by Holly Hepburn
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟(4 stars)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

This was a good choice for my Brit chick-lit craving. Cat & Sadie best friends opening a cookie shop in castle court. Lissy is Sadie's little daughter & she's divorced from Sadie's father, Daniel. Cat's big secret played as something awful but perhaps I read too many novels where characters pull some truly dark, craven deeds, that I didn't see what was the big deal here.

Cat has a bit of romance with Seb. Sadie strikes one up with Adam but Daniel wants another chance. There were plenty of ups and downs for both women in the romance department and it all resolved well, if predictably. Andrew and Earl and their American diner were the most charming. It was a good light read and while not surprising it worked for me. I very much enjoyed the descriptions of the shops and the owners who ran them. Be warned all the food talk may make you crave all the things!

Summary: Sadie is a single mum, nursing a broken heart. Her best friend from childhood, Cat, is burned out from working long hours as a chef in Paris. In need of a change, they decide to invest in their dream – running their own handmade biscuit shop in gorgeous Castle Court, a three-storey food court tucked away behind Chester's bustling streets.
They soon discover that Castle Court has its own community – a little haven of delight against the stresses of the outside world. But not everyone welcomes the new business; the patisserie owner is less than pleased by what she sees as direct competition and Greg, who runs the fancy bistro that dominates one end of the courtyard, doesn't think Sadie and Cat have the talent or business acumen to succeed. Luckily, there's support in the form of the delectable Jaren, who owns the Dutch waffle house opposite Smart Cookies, and Swiss chocolate-shop owner, Elin. And if all else fails, the friends can drown their sorrows in Seb's cocktail bar on the third floor!

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