Hey all! I am back with another book review! Well, Christmas is coming around the corner and this book is one of those books based on Christmas–Cathy’s Christmas Kitchen by Tilly Tennant
As the snow flutters down in the little village of Linnetford, escape to a cosy farmhouse kitchen, scented with the rich aromas of fruitcake and gingerbread, where a love of baking is about to unite two lonely hearts…
Cathy cooked at her mother’s side her whole life and could bake a fairy cake before she could ride a bike. Now she is facing her first Christmas without her beloved mother, she’s determined to use her memories for something positive. She decides to organise a weekly cooking class, sharing her mother’s precious recipes with other lonely souls.
There’s just one small spanner in the works: teenager Tansy, who attends Cathy’s classes even though she’s rude to everyone there and seems to hate every minute. Cathy is poised to ask Tansy to leave, but her uncle, physiotherapist Matt, begs her to give the teenager another chance. And Cathy can’t resist Matt’s sparkling hazel eyes and incredibly kind heart…
But just as Cathy is feeling she might find joy again, her ex returns to Linnetford, desperate for a second chance. With Matt becoming distant as his life gets more complicated, it seems so easy to return to the safe embrace of someone she knows so well. Can Cathy avoid the temptation of falling back in love with the man who broke her heart and let Christmas bring her the greatest gift – that of happiness?
Filled to the brim with sweet Christmas treats, Cathy’s Christmas Kitchen is the perfect book to enjoy curled up by the fire. An emotional feel-good read packed with heart and hope.
No. of pages:- 345 pages
Date published:- Will be published on 1st October 2020
Genre:- Christmas/Holiday Fiction
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, England, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire in the heart of England with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Just yesterday, I wrote a blog post on her book, The Waffle House on the Pier and gave a review on it. Today, this is the second book I have read from this author. The only difference is, this book is yet to be published, and will be published on 1st October 2020. So, I should thank Netgalley and Bookouture for granting me a copy of this book!
Thank You Netgalley and Bookouture for approving this ARC!
Cathy is moaning at the death of her mother and the only way she remembers her is through her mother’s brilliant recipes which Cathy also uses. She gets an unexpected invitation from the church, she used to attend with her father many years ago for a coffee and so she decides at the last minute to attend the coffee. Before attending, she starts making some of her mother’s delicious recipes and takes the baked goods to church. At church, the group was in awe at her baking and insists she starts cookery classes at the church. Despite the initial hesitance, Cathy give in and starts the cookery classes and while doing the classes, she makes many new friends and also finds a bit of romance…
I have read The Waffle House on the Pier and the plot line is a bit similar–along with the death of her mother, she was also heartbroken when Jonas, her ex-boyfriend ends things with her long time ago and marries someone else. However, the story itself talks about friendship, as well as about community uniting together and also supporting each other. The descriptions of the cakes like banana loaf and fruit cake, made my mouth water and made me want to have one as well. The writing was good as the author did a good job, bringing the reader into the story. The story was actually fun to read, cozy and enjoyable with some comedic scenes in the book.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book–I should say, this book is a perfect one to read for Christmas. Worth four stars!
If this book interests you, you can pre-order your copy now on Amazon as it will be released on 1st October 2020!