Title: Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry (Pudding Pantry, Book 2)
Author: Caroline Roberts
Publication Date: 31 October 2019
The first snow is falling over Primrose Farm, the mince pies are warming, and Rachel can’t wait to share a kiss under the mistletoe with her gorgeous new flame, Tom.
If only it was all comfort and joy . . . The arrival of Tom’s ex brings an unwelcome chill to the farm. And despite Master Baker Mum Jill’s valiant efforts, the new pudding pantry business is feeling the pinch.
With a spoonful of festive spirit, a cupful of goodwill with friends, and her messy, wonderful family by her side, can Rachel make this a Christmas to remember?
It’s that time of the year again, the Christmas novels have been released and there is nothing that quite compares to curling up under a blanket and indulging in some festive frolics.
Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry, being book 2 in the series, re-introduces the reader to the residents of Primrose Farm. Rachel Swinton and her mother Jill have been running Primrose Farm since the death of Rachel’s father some 2 years earlier. Money is tight. Turning one of the barns into a tea shop, named the Pudding Pantry, seemed an ideal solution, but as winter draws in the number of customers dwindles. Looking for a new plan to keep the farm afloat, Rachel and Jill decide to have a go at running a ‘pudding club’. Will this prove successful enough to support the farm through the slow winter months…?
In between the farm, the pudding pantry, the new pudding club and being single mother to young Maisy, Rachel may have bitten off more than she can chew. Her hectic schedule leaves little time for her budding romance with neighbour and fellow farmer, Tom, and the situation is further compounded when a figure from the past arrives to cause trouble.
As the tale flitted between a whole host of problems that keep appearing for poor Rachel and her family. I was particularly drawn in by a scene during a snow storm in which Rachel and Tom work against the clock to save their flocks. The writing flows well and the pace of the story is just right.
Christmas at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry is an uplifting and heart-warming story of family, friendship and indulgent deserts. Cosy, romantic and funny, it is a perfect easy read for a cold wintery day. However, be warned that in addition to the mention of numerous mouth-watering morsels, the book contains a number of Christmas recipes that will very likely tempt you into a bit of festive baking.
Thank you to One More Chapter (Harper Collins) and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy of this book.
About the Author
Caroline Roberts is the Kindle bestselling author of the Cosy Teashop series. She lives in the wonderful Northumberland countryside with her husband and credits the sandy beaches, castles and rolling hills around her as inspiration for her writing. She enjoys writing about relationships; stories of love, loss and family, which explore how beautiful and sometimes complex love can be. A slice of cake, glass of bubbly and a cup of tea would make her day – preferably served with friends!
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