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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Jaz is forced to make a fresh start. She was part of a loving family, but she lost everything and is heartbroken. She ends up in Sunnybrook where she gives zumba and yoga lessons. She also can be found at the Little Duck Pond Cafe on a regular basis. There she forms a close friendship with Ellie and Fen. She needs friends more than ever, but she can’t tell them the truth about her past. Through Fen, Jaz finds a job as a manor tour guide, so she has means to support herself. Can she finally have that new beginning she so desperately needs?

When Jaz meets Harry she isn’t ready for more than friendship. Plus she needs to stay away from his photography skills, because she can’t be found in Sunnybrook by her ex. Harry’s cheerful character makes her curious, but wary at the same time. Will Jaz be able to let him in and find another chance at happiness?

Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe is a fabulous feelgood story. Jaz’s relationship ends in a terrible way and being on her own is tough, especially since she misses the daughter of the man she used to love. I could easily feel her pain and completely understood her determination to keep in touch. Jaz has to find a way to make a life for herself in Sunnybrook and slowly, with the help of her new friends, she manages to see a future with light instead of just darkness. I loved seeing her grow and couldn’t wait to find out if she’d have some much needed luck and good times again.

Rosie Green doesn’t need many words to tell a complete story. Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe is filled with charm. It’s a cosy eventful story with plenty of wonderful twists and turns. I really liked this fast-paced novella. It’s fun, heartwarming and fascinating with delightful main characters and sweet romance.


If you love heartwarming stories set in small towns you will definitely like The Little Duck Pond Cafe books. The stories can best be read in their correct order.

About Rosie Green

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café.


Things that make my heart beat faster
Guest post by Rosie Green

A fortune-teller once told me (when I was but a young thing of 25-ish) that I wouldn’t really ‘blossom’ until later in life. And I think she was right.

My dream was always to become a published author. The ten-year-old me wanted desperately to write like my heroine, Enid Blyton, whose books I devoured with a passion. And I did try. But it was another thirty-odd years before I eventually got serious about the business of writing a book – and a good few more before I finally wrote something worth publishing.

But I finally did ‘blossom’. That’s exactly how it feels. And now I keep having to pinch myself that I’m actually an author.

These last few years have been the most thrilling, nerve-racking, adventure-filled and chaotic of my life. It’s been a steep learning curve but hugely rewarding, too – and there are so many lovely things about the process of writing a book that make my heart beat a little bit faster!

Beginning a brand new book – now that is really exciting! Starting with a handful of characters and an idea of plot, and knowing that in just a few short weeks, these ‘stick figures’ will have filled out and become real people in my head.

Finishing a book also gives me quite a buzz. A book tends to pick up pace as the finale draws near and I find I write faster, too, caught up in the exciting world of my characters.

And there are plenty of moments during the writing of a book when I’ll have a ‘light bulb moment’. I love those times, when I suddenly have a great idea for a plot twist.

Of course, the greatest excitement of all is when publication day rolls around, and the book you’ve been working on for months – your precious book baby – is finally released into the world. I’m certain that no matter how many books I might write in the future (and I intend to write a lot!), publication day will always make my heart beat that little bit faster!


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive one of these beautiful duck tea towels from Rosie Green.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe sounds like a charming, romantic and uplifting contemporary novella.

  2. Well, Rosie, you may have left it late but you're certainly making up for lost time!

  3. I don't believe that I've ever read a romantic comedy, this sounds like a great one to begin with. :-)

  4. It sounds so charming and lovely. I can't wait to read it.

  5. I love the look of this book and the towel is so cute.

  6. Loving the cover, so bright and shows just the quality of the contents, I expect xx

  7. Your books are like a ray of sunshine taking away my troubles while I get lost in them.

  8. Your book sounds like one I would really enjoy reading, thanks for the giveaway! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

  9. woohoo - the excitement of a brand new book

  10. Great review, and thanks for the cute giveaway!

  11. I enjoyed the review. Sounds like a good read.

  12. the towel is so cute-thanks

    tiramisu392 (at)

  13. Love the towel, cute book cover!

  14. You book looks really great, and the duck towel is so cute!

  15. It sounds very heartwarming. I can't wait to read it.

  16. I love books that are as warm as a hug

  17. I love both duckies and foxes, even though they might not get along so well together!

  18. Would love to read your book and I like ducks too

  19. The book sounds great, one to add to my "to read" list

  20. Summery cover.Great giveaway.Thank you.

  21. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  22. Love the sweet artwork on the cover of your book! Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

  23. Thank you so much for this great giveaway :-) I love ducks!