Author: Tilly Tennant
Published: 15 June 2016
Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery.
Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.
Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.
But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.
The Review: I came across this book while on a late-night trawl of Amazon. On a whole I love stories that have cake and baking as a theme, and the cover screams village fair and afternoon tea with pastries.
From the very beginning I was taken with Millie, and wondered what the dark secret in her past actually was. The whole village was so welcoming towards the new resident, it must have been quite difficult and overwhelming for her as people turned up one-by-one before she even stepped through the door of the old bakery.
Bought on a whim, as she attempted to run away from the past, Millie isn’t sure what is in store for her as she stood in the kitchen. One thing was for certain, the bakery was in need of a lot of work. A lot more than she first realised.
Soon she becomes friends with Jasmine, a jewellery maker who takes her under her wing. Jasmine is a hub of creativity, ideas flow out of every pore and down to the ends of each of her candy floss pink ringlets. Jasmine soon finds a way to help Millie make ends meet and complete her aim to open the bakery.
Alongside the renovations, Millie’s interest is peaked by local lover-boy Dylan (who just happens to also be Jasmine’s little brother). Sworn off men, for reasons unknown to us, Millie puts up her defenses against the onslaught of charisma and encouragement proffered her way.
It isn’t long before Millie’s past threatens to ruin everything she has worked towards in the village. As the residents turn against her can she fight her corner, or should she just give up and run?
Tilly Tennant has crafted a lovely novel. It feels like a warm hug, and the twist had me reading through the night until I finished the book. However, for a book I was drawn to by the cozy baked goods-filled cover I was slightly disappointed by the lack of kitchen action. Rather than cakes and pastries Millie was a doyen of apothecary goods, making soaps and herbal draughts for the locals and their ailments. Dispite this one downside I really loved this book, and have already pre-ordered its festive sequel.