When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.
When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?
Deciding that she has had enough of the monotony of working in an office in the city, Ellie Hall decides to apply for what appears to be her dream job. Claverham Castle is looking for someone to run the delightful little teashop within the castle grounds. After inheriting a love of baking from her beloved Nanna, Ellie is certain she’d be well and truly up to the job. (Her Lemon Drizzle is to die for…) Not having any official catering experience isn’t going to stop Ellie from pursuing her dream – and no one is more surprised than Ellie when she finds out she’s landed the job.
She’s going to be working in a beautiful setting, living on the premises, doing a job that she loves and has also found herself working for a rather hunky man (Joe, the Castle Manager) Although that doesn’t count as Ellie is strictly off men right now.
However, it’s not long before Ellie starts to wonder if she’s really cut out for the job. The castle is freezing cold and has certainly seen better days, the owner, Lord Henry seems to have taken a dislike to her and one of the teashop waitresses, Doris, isn’t keen on Ellie’s new ideas.
Ellie puts her all into making the teashop a success and dares to hope that maybe, just maybe, her delicious creations and modern ideas can win everyone over – even the gorgeous yet moody Joe, but that’s a whole other story…
There were just SO many things right about this gorgeous, and utterly delightful romance. I knew I was going to love this book before I even began reading…Teashops! Castles! Hunky Castle Manager! CAKE! It sounded perfect and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and take a big gooey bite.
I warmed to Ellie almost immediately. I really admired the fact that she wasn’t willing to settle for a mundane existence and wanted to follow her dreams. She look a leap into the unknown and whilst it was probably a bit of a miracle that she actually landed the job with her lack of experience, she worked so hard to prove herself and I thought she was wonderful.
Still recovering from being cheated on by the man she was due to marry, Ellie could very easily have followed her mother’s advice and settled for what appeared to be her lot in life. I loved how she was willing to take risks and follows her dreams. Plus, the girl can make a mean batch of scones; what’s not to love?
The setting for this novel was completely dreamy (almost as dreamy as Joe who I will come to later…) I had no trouble picturing the quaint little teashop within the grounds of the beautiful yet slightly dilapidated Claverham Castle. It was fascinating to discover the history of the castle and watching Ellie transform the teashop and make her vision a reality. Caroline Roberts really brought the setting to life – everything from the Great Hall within the castle, to the beautiful grounds surrounding the building. Another thing which Caroline really brought to life for me were the descriptions of Ellie’s various bakes! Oh My Goodness. I was craving Choffee Cake so badly – I could practically smell the beautiful baking aromas as Ellie worked her magic in the kitchen. I thought it was a lovely touch having the recipe for Choffee Cake included at the end, too…Just be warned that you will just have to consume cake at some point during this novel. Probably best not to read if you’re trying to avoid sweet things (but let’s be honest – who would do that!?)
Now. We need to talk about Joe. Tall, dark, handsome, thoughtful, INFURIATING Joe. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Joe, he sounded completely dreamy and I thought all along that he would be so right for Ellie. However, the problem is not only is Ellie off relationships at the moment, but Joe seems to be holding something back. For some reason he is reluctant to get close to anyone, particularly a fellow member of staff which I can understand…BUT…there were times when I wanted to tell him to sort himself out. However, he did redeem himself towards the end with a heart-meltingly (literally) gesture.
It really was inspiring how Ellie found the courage to follow her dreams. Her relationship with her late Nanna was absolutely lovely and I loved how Ellie wanted to succeed not only for herself but for her Nanna and her wonderful legacy of recipes, too.
There’s also a fantastic range of characters within this story who you will grow to love (even, dare I say it – Doris!) The fellow staff at the castle are wonderful, as are the rest of Ellie’s friends and family.
This is a top-rated romance which I devoured quicker than a slice of Victoria Sponge. Beautifully written, warm, funny, cosy, romantic and sweeter than a tray full of cookie dough. I LOVED IT.
A huge thank you to HarperImpulse for approving me on NetGalley to read The Cosy Teashop in the Castle. ♥
Family, friends, food, a glass of bubbly and, of course, a good book make me smile. I love writing emotional stories about love, loss, betrayal, and family, that explore how complex and yet beautiful love can be. I also like to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of flirty fun too! I believe in following your dreams and working hard towards them, which led me to Harper Impulse (Harper Collins) and a publishing deal (woop!) after many years of writing. Stunning Northumberland is my home – sandy beaches, castles and gorgeous countryside that have inspired my writing.