Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.
So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.
Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?
The pinned tweet at the top of Trisha’s twitter reads
”With my writing, I want everyone to step inside Trishaworld for a vacation and then walk out of the door feeling happy. And then I’m happy” This book definitely succeeded!
This book felt like I was covering myself with a comfort blanket, it was divine! The characters are believable and you feel as if you know them personally after a few chapters ., and to top it all it has recipes, how perfect!
Alice hasn’t had the best start in life, she was found abandoned on the Yorkshire moors when she was only a few hours old. Adopted by a doting Dad but not so doting Mother meant that when her dad died she felt as though she didn’t really belong. She left home and started on her baking journey.
There are twists and turns that eventually bring Alice to Haworth where she was abandoned as a baby. She buys a rundown café that she decides to turn into an upmarket tea emporium, ‘The fat rascal’
She also decides that she is going to try to track down her birth mother, just for closure if nothing else.
This is when we are introduced to the wonderful Giddings family. Nile Giddings is the delectable owner of ‘small and perfect’ the antique shop next door to The fat rascal. Immediately you realise he will be the love interest for Alice, even so it doesn’t take the enjoyment away from seeing their love story unfold.
Alongside the main story there are snippets of a diary written by someone connected to Alice’s past. At first it’s unclear who this is but as the story unfolds you put two and two together and come up with five!!
I so didn’t want this book to end, it was my first time reading one of Trisha’s novels but it certainly will not be my last!
Thank you to Net galley, Random house, Transworld and Trisha Ashley for allowing me to review this book.