Christmas at the Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant
Published: 16th September 2016
It’s time to get toasty by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of chocolate yule log sprinkled with a little romance. Welcome to Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.
Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.
Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.
Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?
Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy in exchange of my honest review.
I enjoyed this book more than the first, I can’t really pinpoint why though. It’s not written differently, doesn’t have many different characters, the setting is the same. But I felt it was a lot better. Maybe it’s because I knew the characters, and this built up on that? Or maybe it was because it was mainly following a different character’s story? Either way, it was a fun light-hearted christmas feeling book.
I sort of feel cheated with the synopsis slightly, it makes out that there is a problem with Millie’s cousin being all flirty… I didn’t see that so I must have missed it? Unless someone wants to point it out to me? I liked Darcie, she was reserved and there’s been plenty of room left for her to grow. I’m secretly hoping the next book will maybe be based around her? I can’t really see many more options for the other characters.
Spencer’s storyline was eventful, dramatic and heart-warming. His parents were fantastic characters, and Tori’s weren’t. I didn’t particularly like her either to be honest, she cared too much about her parents feelings than her actual relationship. You could say the same about Spencer as well, but I liked him in the first book so couldn’t really see past that for me.;
Set in the same quaint little village of Honeybourne, it felt familiar, homely and about everything else you would associate with it. I was glad it was set in the same place, just for the fact it made me it feel welcoming.
Written well, with the same quick, quirky, thoughtful tone as the first book.
I can’t really find the right words to explain what else I liked about this book without giving much detail away from the actual plot itself. It was a happy ending though, so that’s extra brownie points. A little bit of a cliffhanger as well, which means that I want to find out which way they all go with their lives, and if it’s happy endings all round.
My Rating: With the same likeable characters, the same homey setting, the wonderful writing style, I happily give this book 4/5.