Wednesday 15 June 2016

Review of The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant - Four **

Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery.

Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.

Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.

But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan. 

A charming heartwarming novel about love, life and new beginnings perfect for fans of Milly Johnson and Debbie Johnson.


One of my favourite themes in a book is starting over and this is an excellent example. Millie arrives in Honeybourne intent on putting her past behind her and opening a bakery. The building is more dilapidated than she had anticipated and she ends up having to involve the other villagers. This is something she most definitely did not want to do, as she has a secret and shuns friendship and relationships.

Luckily for Millie (and us!), the villagers will have none of it and she soon meets Jasmine and her husband Rich. She also meets Dylan her neighbour opposite and the story revolves around these characters, together with Ruth, the wonderful neighbour and Spencer, the schoolteacher.

It is a humorous book, but has a dark underside, which gives it more depth than the average starting again/romance book and I enjoyed that part.

I was disappointed that a book called The Little Village Bakery had nothing in it about food at all! I have to say I like books about restaurants/cafes/food shops for the wonderful descriptions. But maybe in the next one Tilly? We need to get a certain single male sorted!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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