I have read and enjoyed every book in the Little Duck Pond Café Series, and since starting my blog, I’ve reviewed lots of them. I first discovered this gorgeous series via Kindle Unlimited and was then thrilled to discover that she works with Rachel Gilbey for her Blog Tours. If you’d like to look at some of my previous reviews, here are a couple of links for you to follow Snow Falls Over Sunnybrook and Chocolate Cake for Breakfast.
I am grateful to Rachel’s Random Resources and Rosie Green for my digital ARC which was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review. You can read my thoughts below.
Mackenzie Morris, newest recruit at the Little Duck Pond Café, is the perfect addition to the team. But beneath her smiles, Kenzie is hiding a dark secret. It’s the reason she fled to Sunnybrook, desperate for a fresh start that would help to lay the ghosts that haunt her.
The challenge of turning her hobby into a business is a welcome distraction, and to her relief, she finds that her range of quirky pottery mugs and vases appear to be in demand. Alone and scared when she arrived, she’s slowly making friends and starting to feel as if she belongs. Meeting a lovely guy called Aidan seems to confirm this and it looks as if love might be on the horizon.
But then Kenzie makes a devastating discovery that threatens to crush her new-found happiness. Aidan is the one person she yearns to confide in. He’s also the one person who can never know the truth . . .
Although The Little Duck Pond Café books form a series, they are each easily read as standalone stories. If this was to be your introduction, I’m sure you wouldn’t be disappointed. Kenzie Morris is a wonderful addition to the café, she is a creature of habit, regularly laying flowers on a grave in the next town and helping out wherever she can. Sadly, Kenzie is missing her best friend, Rachel and daughter Poppy, who suddenly disappeared from her life when they were at their most vulnerable. Not a day passes when Kenzie doesn’t worry about their fate.
When she meets handsome stranger Aidan, there’s an immediate attraction which draws them both together, but as they get to know each other better, Kenzie realises that a dark secret will keep them apart.
I absolutely loved this book! It honestly felt like the series was coming of age as it dealt with some difficult topics as Kenzie’s background was slowly revealed. I instinctively felt her heartache and desperate need to discover what had happened to her friend. We also catch up with Ellie and a maturing Maisie who reminded me of dealing with my daughter, all those years ago.
Rosie writes some of the loveliest characters to whom I am immediately drawn, and Kenzie is definitely a breath of fresh air. In spite of her past, she is a happy positive force who I would love to be friends with.
Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for ‘Sun, Sea & Strawberry Shortcake’, a sunshine-filled drama full of fun and mystery, out in June 2022 and including the return of character favourites, Ruby and Hudson.
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