Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Cherry Tree Café – by Heidi Swain

My own copy
Original Cover














The blurb:

Cupcakes, crafting and love at The Cherry Tree Cafe...
Lizzie Dixon's life feels as though it's fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So, there's only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again.

Her best friend Jemma is delighted Lizzie has come back home. She has just bought a little cafe and needs help in getting it ready for the grand opening. And Lizzie's sewing skills are just what she needs.

With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago...?

For everyone who loves settling down to watch Great British Bake-Off, the Great British Sewing Bee, or curling up to read Milly Johnson or Jenny Colgan, The Cherry Tree Cafe is a coffee-break treat.

My Opinion:

This is a book I’ve been waiting to read for a while. The cover is gorgeous and having been in contact with Heidi and reading the blurb has made me really excited about it.

The story start at a really bad place for Lizzie Dixon. She expects a marriage proposal, but Giles tells her that he wants to be with his ex fiancé again. Lizzie is devastated.

She returns back home, to Wynbridge, her parents are there and also her best friend Jemma. Jemma and her husband Tom just bought the Cherry Tree Café and they need help. Lizzie can help and she does, her sewing skills are just what they need and she also starts giving courses, teaching these skills. There is also someone else helping them, Ben, Lizzie’s high school crush. He seems to be heart broken as well, but doesn’t tell her why for a long time, also Jemma and Tom know, which makes the situation a bit weird.

Ben and Lizzie spend a lot of time together and it’s obvious that they have feelings for each other. When Ben suddenly leaves to see his dad in Spain, Lizzie doesn’t understand the world anymore. His mother also has some weird comments about his feelings for Lizzie and later we find out what he felt for her years ago. Both of them had the totally wrong idea about the other one. And there is still his broken heart situation, Lizzie told him all about hers, but his’ is a mystery. I have to say I was about shocked when I found out and so was Lizzie. It made her think about her future: Going back to London or staying in Wynbridge?! She also starts questioning her frienship with Jemma; they had some awkward moments.

Ella, Tom’s and Jemma’s daughter was a real sunshine, I loved her and she had some pretty cute moments with Lizzie. Lizzie also had to deal with her parents and there was Jay, who really seemed to be interested in her. Let’s just say she had a lot to think about.

I just wanted everything to turn out well for Lizzie, she had to go through a lot in this book and Heidi really kept up the tension until the end, very well done!!!

The characters in this story are great: colourful, authentic, relatable and sweet. Heidi did a wonderful job with them. The storyline is also beautiful, has a terrific flow and charm. It’s full of ups and downs, including real emotions and feelings. The Cherry Tree Cafe is a warm, charming, sweet, comforting, gripping and stunning debut novel! I’m already eagerly awaiting Heidi’s next novel!!!

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My possible cast:

Lizzie: Cintia Dicker



Heidi on Twitter: @Heidi_Swain
Website: http://www.heidiswain.blogspot.ch
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