The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

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Title: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane

Author: Ellen Berry

Release Date:  July 14th 2016

Pages: 384

Genre: Chick Lit

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Rating: three-half-stars

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**Take a trip to the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge, where a very special little cookbook shop has just opened its doors…**

In the beginning…

Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn’t an issue that ‘Cooking with Aspic’ can’t fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled ‘Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You’.

Forty years later…

On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop. Not knowing what to do with the hundreds of cookbooks her mother left her, she now wants to share their recipes with the world – and no amount of aspic will stand in her way.

But with her family convinced it’s a hare-brained scheme, Della starts to wonder if she’s made a terrible decision. One thing’s for sure: she’s about to find out…

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When Della’s mother passes away, she wants nothing more than her cookbooks. There are hundreds of books and therefore she needs to find a solution how to store them, and that’s when she gets the idea to open a bookstore. Her daughter Sophie is excited about the idea, but her husband Mark is not very fond of the idea. With Mark being rather distant and spending a lot of time away from home and Sophie going to university, Della decides that it’s perfect time to open the shop and to spend more time with her husband. Little did she know that things would take rather different turn and leave her all alone. At first Della was in shock and devastated, but eventually things started to fall together, and she found herself even stronger and confident than before. How will Della’s bookshop do and whether Della and Mark have another chance you’ll have to find out yourself!

It was a great story, the only downside was that the pace slowed down in the middle of the book, but it picked up nicely towards the end and I ended up really enjoying it. Even though Della seemed to be a bit naive and deserved a lot better, she made the right decisions in the end. I also really liked her daughter, she was young, but very wise and her character was one of the high lights in the book. As it’s the first book in the series, I’m already curious about the other two.

 

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