12 Reads of Christmas: Book 4 – Christmas at the Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant

12 Reads of Christmas: Book 4 – Christmas at the Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant

Author: Tilly Tennant 
Release Date: 16 September 2016
Genre: Festive romance


The Blurb:

It’s time to get toasty by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of chocolate yule log sprinkled with a little romance. Welcome to Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.

Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.

Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.

Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?

The Review:

Back in August I reviewed Tilly Tennant’s  The Little Village Bakery and I’ve been sitting on this book until now so I could read it at a seasonably appropriate time.

Last time I met and fell in love with Millie and Dylan, and we left as Millie opened her new bakery in Honeybourne, looking like she had tamed the village bad boy – much to the local women’s disdain.

As we return to Honeybourne Millie and Dylan are parents to little baby Oscar, a master of torture – well sleep deprivation! Jasmine and Rich are still working through the issues that arose in the last book, and to be honest they’re not looking as rock solid as they once did, it doesn’t help that Jasmine is now broody as hell, and Rich… let’s just say he isn’t!

This time the story focuses on Dylan’s best friend Spencer, who has spent the last year on an exchange programme teaching in America, where he meet Tori over what can only be described as the world worst coffee. On the rebound from the greatest, if unrequited, love of his life he ran to the States, not expecting to find Tori. She soothes his soul and his mind, and he hers. If only her parents could see that.

Instead they have their eye on a corporate suit for their precious daughter, and Spencer will never be good enough. They are very much the villains of this story, however what they actually have to say is few and far between but the air they give off is tenable. Tilly has crafted such an obnoxious cloud around them that it even seems to be catching to some of the other characters. A job really well done.

I mostly had trouble warming to Darcie, Millie’s younger cousin. She has her own demons. An unrequited love, she has no friends and no real outward desire to move on and do anything on her own. Something about her screamed give her a slap. However, by the end of Tilly’s tale I had come round. I just wish that she’d had a bit more of a story earlier on because her storyline seemed to start and end far too quickly. I can only hope that this is because Tilly is saving her arc for another book.

I really enjoyed this book, what it needs is a warm snuggly blanket and cake.. lots and lots of cake!

The Little Village Bakery

The Little Village Bakery


Author: Tilly Tennant
Publisher: Bookouture
Published: 15 June 2016

The Blurb:
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.