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The Cosy Teashop in the Castle

(The Cosy Teashop #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,112 ratings  ·  332 reviews

When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.

When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble

Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published February 25th 2016 by HarperImpulse
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Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay so where do I start?!
This book had so much potential but annoying and lame characters ruined the lot for me.
I did not connect with anyone whatsoever.
Yes okay, Ellie was fine before she knew Joe.
But Joe is lame, Lord Henry is a whiney and rusted old pain in the ass, Ellie is annoying and lame. Deana is lovely, gotta admit that and Ellie's family, but they don't get mentioned that often so there's that.

Now let me first-hand show you why I'm saying no to this book with a few quotes and situ
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Castle, tea, family, love, tradition.

I love tea. I love castles. I loved this book.

This book is set in the Northumbrian countryside, and the descriptions really bring it to life. I immediately recognised the castles that inspired Claverham, they were so vivid that I could smell the old stone and feel the chill. The colloquialisms and family dynamics only served to strengthen the setting (as well as the story) and provided this whole other element, giving the story extra depth and bringi
Anja H.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was ok

“Her dreams felt like bubbles, floating iridescent in a blue sky of hope. But, then, wasn’t there always the inevitable pop, then plop, when you came splatting back down to earth?”

I did it! I managed to finish this!
It took me a couple of months due to this being boring as fuck and the main characters annoying the hell out of me, but I did it anyway. I deserve a standing ovation for this tbh.
Jul 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
I enjoy the odd chick-lit here and there when I fancy a light read, but this was really disappointing. The setting of a castle and the quaint idea of a teashop was really appealing, but the writing was just a bit... trying too hard. It felt like reading something my mother would write. The main character, Ellie, wasn't convincing in anyway, and if I started to think that if I had to read the word 'Hmn' one more time I would scream.

There was also no plot. Lord Henry was the most interesting chara
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2016, netgalley
3.5 delicious stars.

This book and I started off on the wrong foot.

The book begins with Ellie (our main character) going to an interview for a job running the teashop in the fictional Claverham Castle.

The problem is, Ellie has never ever managed a teashop before, or worked in a teashop, or done anything that would count as experience for this kind of job. Except maybe being a really good home cook. Also, she lies left and right during the interview and apparently “She tried her best to ans
Abi Gurden
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Now, I really wasn't expecting a wordsmith's masterpiece from this, just a light-hearted, easy to read bit of fun. Sadly, it wasn't so much 'light hearted' as 'empty headed'.

I've read worse (sadly), but I was astounded to see this one in the bestsellers list - really?? I mean, Really, people??? At this rate, by the time the next generation are old enough to be dictating the bestsellers list, we may ALL believe that the Elizabethans were medieval, and Robin Hood galloped up to people pointing pis
Elle's Book Blog
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit
Published: 2016

:: 5 Pretty Little Stars ::

This is a charming chick lit novel that I thoroughly enjoyed! The characters are super sweet and life like (Ellie is a woman after my own heart), the setting is beautiful (a lovely castle in the countryside) and the plot is well thought out, original, and sweet. Having not read a chick lit in a while, I am so glad I jumped right into this one. It makes me want to continue reading this genre (as it has always been a top favorite) and find more books b
Vi ~ Inkvotary

The beginning was very sweet and a nice read. But then Ellie turned out to be a woman who doubts everything she plans or does and she became very fearfully. Too much for my taste. And when the author brought in all those sex scenes, it became weird. The writing style changed, some things were not logic anymore and I had my difficulties with the rest of the story and the behavior some of the figures showed. And the end was long .... Sad, but something wonderful turned into something almo
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-2017
Hmm I did like the first book in this series better than the second book (more on that in another review). Roberts decides to tell her story through two characters POVs (Ellie and Joe). Ellie is a 20 something working a job she doesn't love. Still at home with her parents and wishing to make her dream of opening a bakery a reality, Ellie interviews for a job at a castle running a tea shop. Though she has no real world experience besides baking for family and friends, Ellie thinks she can make th ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First off, does anyone know where I can read the Christmas story?!

Despite my low rating, I enjoyed reading this cute book. My issues lie in the little things that accumulated by the end.

The Cosy Teashop in the Castle is chick lit in all its adorable glory: a young woman, Ellie, seeks a change of scenery from her monotonous life in the city, meeting a cast of endearing people, including the love interest.

I didn't go into this novel expecting complexity or plot density, obviously, but I was disapp
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Is a lifelong passion for baking enough to successfully swap your steady, secure office job to take on the running of a teashop set in a castle? Especially when your experience of running a business and catering is virtually non existent? Ellie Hall certainly seems to think so in this lovely story set in Northumberland with a magnificent castle as its setting.

It really is a lovely read, very easy to get lost in, full of cakes and oodles of romance, some of which is exceedingly steamy indeed. I
Leslie Wardrop
Jul 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Thought it would be a fun beach read. Don't bother! We all have better things to do with our time. Even on vacation.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I enjoy chick lit. I like stories of women making or remaking their lives, figuring out who they are and what they want to do, and--inevitably--finding love along the way.

This book had potential. Ellie is in her mid-20s, works at a call center for an insurance company, recently separated from her fiance, and lives at home. She loves to bake, is good at it, and has a recipe book from her beloved grandmother. When she sees an advertisement to take over the tea shop at a nearby castle, she goes for
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, kindle, 2016
This was such a lovely read. I enjoyed the setting and the characters and the mention of the delightful baking. I can't wait to try and make the recipe at the end of the book- it sounds divine!

Ellie answers an advert to lease a teashop at Claverham Castle. Although she hasn't got any experience of running her own catering business, she manages to persuade the owners that she will be very successful. I loved her initial plans for the teashop and how plans developed over the year. We share in her
Karen Mace
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.

Drawn in by the irresistable combination of two of my most favourite things - teashops and castles - this is a book that I devoured from start to finish!!

Ellie Hall is stuck in a rut in an office job she dislikes, and she's missing her Gran who died fairly recently, so her way of escaping is to bake! A skill she'd picked up from watching her Granny Beryl over the years. So when she hears of a teashop lease available f
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alert - This book will make you hungry. Make sure you read it with cake nearby to eat as you read!

Loved the setting of this book, at Claverham Castle, and its cast of staff. From the tour guides, to Ellie's new waitresses and of course Lord Henry, you have a great selection a people to work in a castle.

Ellie manages to bluff her way into running the tearooms at Claverham Castle, knowing that her beloved Nanna would be willing her along all the way. She impresses Lord Henry and Joe, with her Nan
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story follows Ellie from Newcastle. She works for an insurance company but finds the job quite boring and not exactly fulfilling. Also, she still suffers from heartbreak, so when she finds an advert in the newspaper from Claverham Castle looking for someone for their teashop, she jumps at the chance. But running a proper café is not only baking some cakes, she must find out.
Fortunately, the other staff in the castle are (more or less) a great help, especially estate manager Joe...

I really ca
Suze Lavender
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ellie doesn't like her office job very much. Her dream is to bake cakes for a living. When she sees that Claverham Castle is looking for someone new to run their teashop she does everything she can to get the lease. It means less security, but she will be able to do what she loves. The castle needs a lot of money for maintenance, which is why they're trying to attract visitors. The manager, Joe, is a nice guy with good business sense, but he does need to convince the owner over and over again. ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have to preface this by saying that I don't generally read chick lit as a rule, but I was on holiday and had run out of reading material, there was a '3 for £10' deal, and I liked the idea of a tea shop in a castle.

I read a few of the GR reviews prior to starting it and got a bit worried, but went ahead and read it anyway. There were plenty of people who loved it.

I know all about following your heart - it's what moved me 6,000 kms across an ocean - so I can completely relate to the fact that E
Yvonne Morgan
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A warm lovely relaxng read..enjoyed it very much.. such a lovely setting for a book and engaging storyline and characters....looking forward to reading more about the castle and it's tea rooms. totally recommend.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my heavens! What a FABULOUS book! This came across in one of my daily BookBub emails and when I saw it, I just knew I had to have it! Ellie and the whole cast are such a relatable bunch! I fell in love with Ellie from the start and I found myself really rooting for her! I love her family (they remind me a bit of mine) and I wish I had a relationship with my grandmothers the way she's got with hers. I also wish I had some of her Nanna's famous Choffee Cake! The only thing I wish there was more ...more
belle ✨
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3/5 stars

This was a total cover/synopsis buy for me, and although it wasn't like THE BEST thing ever, it was a whole lot of fun. What's in it? A castle, a teashop, an inexperienced girl who takes over said teashop, quirkiness, tea and cakes, and lots of romance.

The characters were fun to read about and I definitely was rooting for Ellie in her job and relationship. The setting was described really well and was very picturesque, and I loved all the bits about the running of the teashop!

There wa
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

It seems that I can't have enough books with food being so important part of the plot. Here only one look at this beautiful cover and the lovely title made me fell in love with this novel, and I desperately wanted to read it. But be warned! There are some delicious food descriptions, so it's better if you don't read it when hungry! Or just bake some cake and have it to hand :)

I liked the idea of the book. It's simple and yet it works. Ellie needs a new, fresh start and what's better way to start
Mandy Radley
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice fluffy chick lit, but a little too predicable.
Bev Taylor
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
will christmas at the cosy teashop be a showstopper to remember?

ellie and joe have been together for 5 years and married for 3. he runs the state at claverham castle, owned by his father and she runs the teashop interspersed with weddings

all is successful, though extremely hardwork and in the winter when they r closed they decide to host a craft fair to bolster earnings

she would love to have a child and although only trying for 5 months is disappointed each month until she is positive. unfort
Aileen Ng
Teashop...scones...cakes...castle...all the ingredients to a perfect book?? Well, it should have been but unfortunately, this book was quite a letdown. I was so excited in the beginning to read this book when I first saw the book title. Anything to do with food and teashop gets me. There is so much potential with the storyline and the characters but everything is so general. It's supposed to make you want more but the book lack of depth.

The story revolves around Ellie who quit her desk job to o
Melissa T
This is what I would call a very fluffy book. There's an insta-love relationship between Ellie and Joe, with just the most minimal conflict.

It is what it says on the tin. I found it very much to be a nice form of escapism for a tough week at work.

The odd references to Disney characters on Ellie's first sight of the castle, and her 'talking' in caps letters during some of the sex scenes with Joe were a bit over the top and childish, but those were the only things that bothered me.

I loved the fam
jordan hillis
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delicious little bit of fluff. Very English. Would read more from this author.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a wonderfully predictable feel good read for these unpredictable times.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm pretty sure Caroline is a pseudonym for a man because this book is littered with cringey male-gaze (unlikely descriptions of a character's own breasts, etc.) and horribly self-conscious sex scenes. The author also PoV switches rather than explaining or showing anything and there's a lot of telling not showing. This will be going straight to the charity shop.
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