Blurb: Sadie is a single mum, nursing a broken heart. Cat is burned out from working long hours as a chef. They decide to invest in their dream – running their own handmade biscuit shop in gorgeous Castle Court, a three-storey food court tucked away behind Chester’s bustling streets.
They soon discover that Castle Court has its own community – a little haven of delight against the stresses of the outside world. But not everyone welcomes the new business; the patisserie owner is less than pleased by what she sees as direct competition and Greg, who runs the fancy bistro that dominates one end of the courtyard, doesn’t think Sadie and Cat have the talent or business acumen to succeed. Luckily, there’s support in the form of the delectable Jaren, who owns the Dutch waffle house opposite Smart Cookies, and Swiss chocolate-shop owner, Elin. And if all else fails, the friends can drown their sorrows in the cocktail bar that overlooks the court.
Review: As midnight hit and we left 2017 and came into 2018 this beauty pinged through onto my Kindle. I ended my year with getting my eyes tested which left me feeling distraught before meeting friends and heading to the fireworks in Central London – my what an experience that was. I believe I started this on January 1st but I was one of the unlucky souls who had to work. Part one of this gorgeous series by Holly Hepburn left me wanting more and feeling annoyed with Sadie and extremely saddened for Cat.
Hmmm I’m not sure that I have forgiven Sadie just yet – there will be no spoilers from me.
In part two as Cat was approaching her meeting I could feel the tension and I felt like I was on eggshells for her. She’s such a strong soul and a best friend you would be happy to have but she also has an extremely vulnerable side – yet she tries to hide it for the sake of those she cares about. I absolutely loved her lawyer a kick ass female who was confident and composed during Cat’s mini meltdown.
I love how Holly manages to keep me on the edge of my seat. I was not expecting half of what happened especially who had Cat’s back in the end. I’m a huge fan of Adam and I hope to see more of him in part three I won’t be saying anymore than that as I wouldn’t want to ruin how the story plays out.
Another gorgeous part of a tremendous story, the atmosphere of Castle Court is of somewhere you would want to visit. A right little family of businesses who will do anything to help each other bar a few residents. I just instantly fell in love with these characters.
Holly Hepburn’s writing is like having a catch up with a friend. I’m instantly transported to a world I feel happier and light. Escapism at it’s best, eagerly awaiting part three.