Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe (The Little Duck Pond Cafe #1) by Rosie Green (1) (1)
Review,  Contemporary

Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green – delightful chick-lit

Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe is cute, lovely, and delightful chick-lit that would warm your heart in just a few pages.

Little Duck Pond Cafe

Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe (The Little Duck Pond Cafe #1) by Rosie Green

Publication Date : March 22, 2018

Read Date : November 12, 2023

Genre : Chick-Lit

Pages : 150

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Synopsis

Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.

But is running away from your past ever really the answer?

Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.

Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?

Review of Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe is lovely and heartwarming chick-lit that starts with Ellie Farmer, who is having a terrible time of life. She just broke up with her cheating boyfriend, her mom’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse and she cannot convince her to move into a care home.

For a change of air and also to take pictures of the village her mom grew up in that can help her with her memory, she visits Sunnybrook village where she unexpectedly meets, a handsome man, falls in duck pond, and becomes friends with the owner of The Little Duck Pond Cafe, Silvia, who offers her a flat above the cafe on rent. When she moves in the flat she discovers Sunnybrook and the Little Duck Pond Cafe is exactly what she needs.

In short pages author perfectly introduced all characters with their background, engaging writing and also represented the theme and layers of a struggling single dad, postpartum depression, Alzheimer’s and how it affects the loved ones, letting go of the past, standing up for yourself and not judging a person before knowing their story.

Ellie is a lovely character. She is friendly, caring, and down-to-earth. I could get why she felt overwhelmed with so many things happening in life. Even though her decision to move to Sunnybrook was impulsive, I liked how she moved on after that and made a life in the village. I loved how she helped, Fern, Sylvia, and especially Zak.

Zak is struggling with writer’s block and has lots of baggage. At first, I couldn’t get why he was so aloof and kept his distance even though it was clear he liked Ellie but the more he talked about his past the more I wanted to hug him. He deserved someone special and Ellie was exactly the person. I liked how he eventually realized that and also got over his guilt and regret.

Sylvia is the best character. She is fun, and charming, and I loved how she helped Ellie to move on in life and settle with everything. I’m glad she too got her development here. She and Mick make a lovely couple. I hope to see more of them in the next books of this series.

I also liked other secondary characters- Fern and Jaz, Maisie and Rose. Even Madeline was fun and added a little drama to the story.

Romance isn’t at the center of the story but it was cute. Even though the story is short it felt like both Ellie and Zak took their time to get together which was realistic and felt genuine.

The climax was unexpected and surprising. It was a scary thing for a parent to go through but I liked how that incident opened Zak’s eyes and helped him make decisions both for his life and for Ellie. The end is lovely and heartwarming.

Why 4 stars –

I don’t have any fix point except I wanted more. Maybe more of romance and drama.

Overall, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe is cute, lovely, and delightful chick-lit that would warm your heart in just a few pages. It’s the perfect book to read over breakfast with a coffee or two.

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