Last November I went to the Books and The City Creative Writing Masterclass (I wrote about that here). I had a great time and I’ve since kept in touch with several of the other writers who were there.
One of those writers was Heidi Swain. And she now has a publishing deal with Books and The City. I was lucky enough to hear Heidi read an extract of that when I went to the Books and the City blogger evening in March and I’ve been really excited to read it ever since. Her first book, The Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi Swain is being published on 16th July (ebook only). I received a free ARC in exchange for a review on this blog and really enjoyed reading it.
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.
I really enjoyed The Cherry Tree Cafe. I’d thought I would but it was even better than I expected. Lizzie Dixon was a brilliant character who reminded me of many people in different ways and was just real. I had a real soft spot for Jemma and her family though.
The Cherry Tree Cafe was a gorgeous setting and I wished I could go there and take part in the crafts. The last couple of months crafts have mostly been crochet for me but I’ve not had a lot of time and reading this book left me itching to pick up my hook again.
It was a fun read and it made me laugh out loud in places. The Cherry Tree Cafe was the perfect escapist read, great for an evening in the garden when you just want to switch off and read in the sunshine. Heidi Swain has a turn of phrase that I loved and I’ll look out for more books by her in future – if you want a holiday read or just an easy going enjoyable read for lazing around at home you won’t go wrong with The Cherry Tree Cafe.