The Grand Reopening of the Dandelion Café by Jenny Oliver

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The Grand Reopening of the Dandelion Cafe is book 1 of 4 from the Cherry Pie Island Series

Thank you to Carina UK and Netgalley for given me an ARC of this book. Out on the 27th March 2015.

The blurb

There’s nowhere more deliciously welcoming
When Annie White steps back onto Cherry Pie Island, it’s safe to say Dandelion Café has definitely seen better days! Her childhood home on the Thames-side island idyll is exactly the same retreat from the urban bustle of London as she remembers – but Annie’s not convinced that new owner of The Dandelion Cafe is a title she’s thrilled about.

One (shoestring budget) makeover, a few delightful additions to the somewhat retro menu and a lot of cherry pie tastings later, The Dandelion Café is ready for its grand reopening! But however delicious the legendary cherry pie, that’s definitely not enough to make her come home for good. However, the islanders themselves are a different story – but is Annie ready to let the island, and all those that live there, become her recipe for true happiness?

The reason I initially requested this book was because of the cover. I just can’t pass a beautiful book cover, it’s impossible. This book by Jenny Oliver is a gorgeous little chick flick. I read in less than a day so that says a lot about the writing style.

Its beautifully written with down to earth but complex characters. From Annie, the main character who is successful and fiercely independent but has a sadness that she can’t overcome to Matt who plays the love interest. He’s charming, easy on the eye but full of regret for years gone by.

The book follows Annie as she returns to her childhood home on a gorgeous little island and takes you on a journey of self discovery and ups and downs. Left a quirky little cafe by her late father she decides to through caution to the wind and prove to herself and others that she has changed. All the while making some unexpected but lasting relationships along the way.

A delightful, easy, feel good read.

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