The Cosy Teashop in the Castle
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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.
There was also no plot. Lord Henry was the most interesting chara ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
:: 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Fortunately, the other staff in the castle are (more or less) a great help, especially estate manager Joe...
I really ca ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The story revolves around Ellie who quit her desk job to o ...more
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 ...more