The Cosy Christmas Teashop…
From sleigh bells to wedding bells . . .
After a rocky start, Ellie Hall baked her way into everyone’s hearts at Claverham Castle – even the miserly Lord Henry was won over – and the run-down teashop regained its old sparkle.
Now Ellie has upgraded cupcakes for fairy tale masterpieces as the proud caterer for an ever-growing list of weddings at the castle. The teashop team love baking to the tune of happy ever afters, but can they pull together when a certain bridezilla pushes them all to boiling point?
Christmas is just around the corner, and a last minute booking threatens to snow the team under. Ellie and her hunky hubby Joe have their own Christmas dreams to chase, but they’re determined to pull through and give this special couple the winter wonderland wedding they deserve.
Will Christmas at the Cosy Teashop be a showstopper to remember?
The Cosy Christmas Teashop is a nice little feel good read, but that’s really about the sum of it for me. Despite all of the gorgeous food being created and the frantic wedding planning going on, nothing actually seems to ever happen, and while the second half of the novel is set at Christmas time, it’s not a Christmas story, at least, not in the way I expected it to be. Written as a follow up to The Cosy Teashop in the Castle, I expect the intent of this novel was to give fans of the first a peek at the happy ever after of its heroine, yet that’s all this novel does. The obstacles have already been overcome, the goals have been achieved and the mean people won over; all that’s left is hanging out at the teashop, and frankly, it’s not enough.
I feel this novel would have been far better condensed into a novella, at least half the size of this novel. The Bridezilla storyline was over the top and detracted from the lovely Christmas wedding that consumed the second half of the novel. Conversations were repeated, endlessly, giving an impression of ‘padding out’ to achieve a certain word count. The main character, Ellie, had a deep yearning for a baby, but things weren’t working out to plan. I enjoyed these moments of introspection and longing, but again, the substance was lost in all of the mundane fluff. But it does have a happy ending. So I guess that can account for something.
I don’t read a lot of light romance or chick-lit puff, so perhaps my expectations were too high. It’s a quick read, one you can flick through while having an eye on something else, but don’t expect to be engrossed or enthralled, it’s just not that kind of story.