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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Cherry Tree Cafe - Heidi Swain

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...?

For everyone who loves settling down to watch Great British Bake-Off, the Great British Sewing Bee, or curling up to read Milly Johnson or Jenny Colgan, The Cherry Tree Cafe is a coffee-break treat.

Author: Heidi Swain
Title: The Cherry Tree Cafe
Publishers: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 15th July 2015

My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting as I really wanted to find out what happened. The story follows Lizzie Dixon who has discovered that life is not going quite as well as she had hoped. After being unceremoniously dumped, Lizzie decides to accept her best friend's offer to return to her hometown and help her to launch her new venture, 'The Cherry Tree Cafe.' Her best friend Jemma is an excellent baker and Lizzie is a whizz with a sewing machine and can offer the cafe a unique little extra quality by providing crafting lessons for the customers. 
All is going well until Lizzie receives a very tempting business offer which is really too good to miss. Other complications arise involving Lizzie's childhood crush and her best friend which make Lizzie feel that going away again would be for the best.
I found this book delightful and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished. I really feel that on a rainy day like today I would love nothing more than to sit in the cosy Cherry Tree cafe with a cup of tea and a delicious slice of cake whilst learning to make some pretty bunting.
A delicious cherry topped creation of cupcakes and crafting.
I had the pleasure of meeting Heidi at the Spring Blogger event held by Simon & Schuster and she is a lovely person. It was a pleasure to read her debut novel and I'm very much looking forward to reading her future books.

Book Angels x

About the Author

Heidi Swain
Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she finally plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enjoys the company of a whole host of feisty female characters.

Heidi can be found at the keyboard at all hours of the day and night and quite often scribbling longhand in her car during her lunch break. She lives in stunning south Norfolk with her wonderful family and a mischievous cat called Storm.

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