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Review by Suze
Roxanne left Yorkshire when she was a teenager. She's now in her late forties and works as a fashion editor. She's successful at what she does, but when something happens at work that unsettles her and gets her in trouble with the man she's dating, she decides to go back to Burley Bridge to stay with her sister Della. Della owns a cookbook shop on Rosemary Lane. Yorkshire is very different from London, will Roxanne be able to feel at home there?
Roxanne doesn't know how long she's going to stay with Della. While she thought the countryside would be boring she's actually enjoying long walks with her sister's dog, making new friends and helping out at the shop. Michael, a cute bakery owner from across the street makes life a lot more interesting as well. Roxanne has some tough choices to make, will her beloved London still be enough when it's time to go home?
The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane is a charming story about fashion, cookbooks and delicious bread. I immediately loved Roxanne. She's creative, a little insecure, artistic and kind. She's dating a successful photographer, a horrible selfish man. His character is a bit of a cliche, which made it a lot of fun to read about him. In Yorkshire Roxanne has the chance to take a good look at her life in London. I liked the way she slowly changes, how she finally becomes her true self and finds out that she can have a rich fulfilled life in many different ways, as long as it's her choice and not someone else's. Sometimes it takes people a few years to learn important lessons and as Roxanne is at a crossroads it's the ideal time for her to find out what life is really all about, which is what I loved most about her story.
Ellen Berry writes about a stunning setting. Rosemary Lane is quaint and romantic and the inhabitants are endearing. I certainly enjoyed reading about Michael and his bread. He also has fascinating children and his breezy daughter is giving the story a great extra emotional layer. The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane put a big smile on my face. It's an entertaining story with fabulous main characters who learn to follow their hearts, wonderful passions and plenty of feelgood elements.
If you love romantic stories set in beautiful countryside villages the Rosemary Lane books by Ellen Berry are a great choice. They can be read as standalones, but if you like to fully understand Della's story I'd start with The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane.