Title: The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Café (Cherry Pie Island #1)
Author: Jenny Oliver
Publication Date: 27 March 2015
Publisher: Carina UK
Rating: 4 out of 5
This was the first of Jenny Oliver’s books that I have read and I can say that I will definitely be going back for more!
Annie White grew up on Cherry Pie Island before leaving the island, many years ago, under a black cloud. Since then, she has worked hard to create a successful life for herself in London, complete with career, home and savings. On his death several years earlier, Annie’s father left her the Dandelion Cafe in his will, contingent on Annie only taking over when the manager, Enid, is no longer able to look after the cafe.
When Enid passes away and Annie returns to the island, she sees the state of the Cafe and quickly realises that she must decide whether to sell the cafe and return to her life in London or whether to re-decorate, re-open and hope that with a bit of improvment it may be possible to turn the cafe into profitable business. Annie doesn’t seem to hold out much hope, however she is determined not to let anyone down and she simply cannot face the prospect of closing the cafe.
Annie is a very endearing and relatable character. Her handsome love interest, Matt, is equally likeable, as are all of the other supporting characters.
The setting of Cherry Tree Island is just adorable and the cover of the book perfectly creates the feeling of that island, with the sea, blue sky, quaint little cottages and the tradditional striped lighthouse. It just puts you immediately into the midset of ice-creams and sandcastles, fish & chips on the beach and friendly locals.
I would have preferred the opportunity for slightly more character development, but there was limited room to do so within such a short book and, overall, this was a very cute and enjoyable book. The characters are appealing, the location is idyllic and the writing is good. The author manages to fit a lot into a short number of pages, including friendships, disagreements, family dramas, love, romance and more than a touch of humour!
I’m now very much looking forward to book 2 in the Cherry Pie Island series.
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