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The Cosy Teashop in the Castle (The Cosy Teashop #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,106 Ratings  ·  228 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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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
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
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
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, romance, 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 answer
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
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
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
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
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
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 it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, kindle, net-galley
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

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
Chiara (Lothìriel)
Appena ho visto la copertina e il titolo di questo romanzo, ne sono rimasta letteralmente affascinata: i colori delle diverse sfumature del rosa/viola, la tazzina da tè in cima ad una pila di libri, l'idea di una bottega del tè. E poi la trama, una giovane donna decisa a cambiare la propria vita, lasciandosi alle spalle la sicurezza di un posto di lavoro stabile, seguendo la sua passione. Tutta la storia ruota attorno alla vita di Ellie Hall, impiegata assicurativa che non ne può più della monot ...more
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.
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
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
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. L ...more
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
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-releases

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
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Will be back with a review for the upcoming blog tour.

Caroline Roberts was a new author to me before I read this scrumptious book - but I will now be going back to read Torn Up Marriage in the very near future.

The storyline appealed to me from the outset - a castle - a teashop - cakes - and a love interest. What is there not to like?

And for the cover - it is gorgeous and I do secretly harbour a desire to run a little teashop selling homemade goodies.

The story followed Ellie - stuck in a bit of a
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
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro carino, ma niente di più.

Questo libro fa parte di quella lista, ahimè sempre più lunga, di letture carine e veloci che uno ha anche voglia di fare, ma che alla fine non ti lasciano niente o quasi.
Divertente in certi punti, sì, ma non apporta nulla di nuovo al genere.

Inoltre i personaggi sono tutti abbastanza antipatici, protagonisti in primis: da una parte abbiamo Ellie che si ritrova a fare il lavoro dei suoi sogni senza saper bene in che cosa consista realmente, lamentandosene tutto il t
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mysig om att våga följa sina drömmar och testa något nytt. Om slott, te, kakor och kärlek. Ganska så smaskiga sexscener också...
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
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one. It was fast but delightful read. I loved all the characters and the setting. The one thing that kept this from being a four star read was all the reptilian. It seemed like Joe kept telling Ellie how long he'd worked at the castle & why a lot. There was once or twice where I thought I was reading the same passage over & over again. The same with Ellie explaining why she wanted to work in the tearoom.

Despite the repetition I can't wait to read more by this author.
Sarah Lee
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read anything by Caroline roberts before so i was interested to see what The cosy Tea Shop In the Castle would be like. Well, I loved it. Great characters and plot. Well written and a good story. I couldn't put it down and I really enjoyed reading it. There is going to be another book published in December called the Cosy Christmas Tea Shop and I am looking forward to reading that too.
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