The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts
Published by HarperImpulse 2016 (Ebook)
Thank you to HarperImpulse for sending me this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.
When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?
What drew me to this book first of all was the cover! It got my attention from the moment I looked at it and I was intrigued to know more. Secondly, it's a chick lit read about food, baking and romance. If you know me you know I love a good chick lit with romance and I love my food. So this was a win win situation.
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle follows 26 year old Ellie Hall, as she leaves her job at an insurance firm to take a chance at her dream job - running the teashop at the gorgeous Claverham Castle, just outside of Newcastle. We go on a journey with her as she wins over the staff and locals with her outstanding bakes, discovers a life of independence, meets a bunch of inspiring new people and finds out a lot more about herself that she didn't even know. We also get to see her falling in love with estate manager, Joe. Which is a story in itself.
There are so many things that I loved about this book and each one kept me hooked throughout reading. Firstly, the descriptive way Claverham Castle and the surrounding areas are described made me feel like I was there alongside Ellie. I'd never read a modern day love story with a castle as a setting so it really stood out to me. I also love the idea of castles and the countryside so I felt like I could relate in some way. Secondly, the fact that I got to read about all the amazing cakes, scones, pastries etc. that Ellie made, made me salivate, but I also felt like I could taste them, which may seem strange to some people, but it makes perfect sense to me. Thirdly, I fell in love with each and every character, there wasn't one that I didn't like. I loved the eccentric ways of Lord Henry and his fear of technology had me laughing for hours. The character of Doris with her busybody ways also made me chuckle, and I can honestly say I know a few people like her.
The romance that blossomed between Ellie and Joe was slightly predictable but lovely all the same. There are a few risqué scenes between both characters, which I didn't have a problem with but I know there may be a few people that may find that off-putting.
Overall, The Cosy Teashop in the Castle was a quick, enjoyable, light-hearted read. The plot was a tad predictable, but that didn't stop me enjoying it and falling in love with Claverham Castle and its residents. I really hope Caroline writes another novel about the castle, as I am dying to know more about it!