Wednesday 22 July 2020

Guest Review: Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts

The Pudding Pantry opens its doors for summer.

And there are wedding bells on the horizon . . .

The sun is shining as Rachel and her gorgeous beau, Tom, prepare to tie the knot at Primrose Farm.
It takes a village to pull off the perfect country wedding and Rachel couldn’t be more grateful for her friends and family as they roll out the haybales and string up the bunting – all she needs to do is focus on her Happy Ever After.
But no wedding is without drama. A face from the past is looking to stir up trouble in the village and there’s a secret following Rachel all the way up the aisle . . .
With old friends, new promises and a little borrowed time, will Rachel get the wedding of her dreams?

Review: This is the third book in a series about the Pudding Pantry, a teashop on Primrose Farm run by Rachel and her mother Jill. All the regular characters that will be familiar to readers of the previous two books in the series are there, but each of these books could easily be read as a stand-alone. This book has a lovely cover that gives away the fact that not only is this summer, but there is a wedding in the offing. As with the last two books in this series, I found this a quick read that I was immersed in from the very first page.

In this story, we see Rachel happily finishing off the preparations for her wedding to neighbouring farmer and friend since childhood, Tom. As the farm is set on the edge of a small village, everyone is looking forward to Rachel’s big day, and getting involved where they can. With a strict budget to adhere to, Rachel and her mum are glad of the help from their friends. However, it’s not all plain sailing, with problems from ex-spouses of both bride and groom, secrets to be kept and rumours flying. Rachel begins to wonder if she will ever make it to the altar.

I have very much enjoyed all of the books in this series about the Pudding Pantry. Even though they can all be read independently of the others, I would recommend reading all of the set in order to get the best experience from Caroline Roberts’ excellent story. There are some wonderful characters and situations to be discovered. As you might expect from a story involving setting up and running of a tearooms, there is frequent mention of delicious cakes and pastries. Many recipes are included in the text of this and the previous two books, several of which I intend to try.

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