Friday, 26 August 2016

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

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…

Della is dealing with two of the biggest changes in her life. Her mother Kitty has passed away and her daughter Sophie is leaving home for university life. A new chapter in Della's life with Mark her husband is about to begin, then he drops a bombshell.
Kitty's home has to be emptied and sold and the proceeds split between Della and her brother and sister. When Della finds she can't part with her mother's  hoard of cookery books she has an idea of opening a cookery book shop in Burley village where her mum lived. 
This is a cosy read. It has a feel good vibe to it even although these life changing events are happening to Della it's how she copes with them that matters. 
I did wonder how the shop would make any money with people sitting about drinking coffee and reading second hand books but then I realised this was just a story and anything can happen.
I loved the characters especially Della and Liam who is Sophie's kind of ex boyfriend he really emerges from his shell by the end of the book.
Della seems to be at everyone's beck and call I was willing her to go with her heart and do her own thing throughout the story.
 Only 99p for kindle!
Amazon for kindle or paperback. 


  1. A lovely read for a bit of escapism, maybe? I like the sound of a bookshop where you can drink coffee and read second-hand books. Actually, I have such a bookshop at the beginning of my latest fictional work in progress :)

  2. Yes it sounds lovely Val. Oh I can't wait to read it.


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