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Cathy's Christmas Kitchen

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  62 reviews
As the snow flutters down in the little village of Linnetford, escape to a cosy farmhouse kitchen, scented with the rich aromas of fruitcake and gingerbread, where a love of baking is about to unite two lonely hearts…

Cathy cooked at her mother’s side her whole life and could bake a fairy cake before she could ride a bike. Now she is facing her first Christmas without her b
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Bookouture
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Natalia  R
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This wonderful, uplifting Christmas story is filled with romance, holiday cheer, sweet friendships, and delicious baked goods. Set in the charming little English village of Linnetford, we follow Cathy who is trying to rebuild her life after her mother's death. Her love of baking takes her to a church coffee morning, where she makes some new friends and is persuaded to start a cooking class. Although nervous at first, Cathy is having a great time with her new friends and teaching the class, plus ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This was just a feel-good, heart-warming, sweet story. Cathy had spent much of her life learning to cook from her mother. After her mother died, Cathy worked at a local floral stall and was always bringing in her home-baked goodies to share with her friend who owned the stall. Her friend encouraged her to open her own stall with her baked goods, but Cathy was hesitant. Instead she organizes a weekly cooking class at a church. Cathy's former finance reappears at the floral stall; Cathy also meets ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Is it Christmas yet? And now? And now? As you can see “Cathy’s Christmas kitchen” completely got me into the Christmas mood. It’s never too early to read a Christmas story. I got that and oh surprise, a terrible craving for cake!

As per usual, Tilly Tennant delivers a charming story where the sense of community and friendship permeates every page.

Cathy, our heroine, is for the most part a lovable character, although sometimes I felt liked giving her a smack on the head. Girl, have some confidence
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I have enjoyed any books I have read by Tilly Tennant, and this one did not disappoint. There was more to this book that I expected by reading the blurb. Cathy was pretty much isolated, with no friends and very little family that she cared to spend time with. She had nursed her mother for most of her life, and with her recent death, Cathy is at loose ends. She finds her way to a coffee fundraiser at a local church and meets a woman, Erica, that she hopes to become friends with. When the others t ...more
*This book was received as an Advanced Reader's Copy from NetGalley.

A nice holiday romance is just the ticket; get all cozy by a fire, have a mug of cocoa, and oh, it's September as I'm writing this, but it doesn't mean I don't enjoy the mood that vision sets all the same! This particular book, while not especially Christmasy (there are some notes of it) still fits the nice cozy romance genre it searches for.

Cathy has been at loose ends since her mother died. Her caregiver, she now has a part ti
Lucy C
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Huge thank you as always to Bookouture for this review copy.

Poor Cathy is trying to deal with her first Christmas without her mother, with fond memories of her mums baking Cathy decides to run cooking classes.

This is such a good read, full of joy, the smell of cakes, friendships and possibly a little love?

A delight to devour in a few short hours.
This is my third novel by Tilly Tennant, having previously read The Garden on Sparrow Street and The Waffle House on the Pier and I’ve yet to find a book by this author which didn't make me smile.

Cathy's Christmas Kitchen was a wonderful tale, and Cathy was a lovely character. Following the death of her mum, she goes to a coffee morning where the accomplished baker is persuaded to start up a weekly baking class in the local church hall. Cathy soon makes new friends in the little village of Linne
This was pleasant enough but it didn't blow me away.

Cathy has spent the last few years looking after her terminally ill mother, it cost her practically everything, her friends, her career, and her fiancé. Now her mother has died, Cathy is facing her first Christmas alone, her only solace the baking she used to do with her mother. Then a chance meeting leads to her agreeing to host baking classes at the local Church hall. Her students are a motley crew of OAPs, single men, married women and one t
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started this book yesterday and read it overnight ( I have sleep issues)
The cover and of course the author, drew me in.
I loved the storyline straight away and the delicious cakes made me so hungry whilst reading!!
The characters were a fun bunch too.
This was an easy enjoyable read to really snuggly down with.
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of the book via Netgalley. I love Tilly’s work and I love Christmas so this was already a winner. This is my second Christmas book of the year and let me tell you it was a cracker! (I know too much)
Cathy’s Mum p
Colin Bell
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
In an effort to help overcome her loneliness following the death of her mother Cathy starts running a weekly cooking class at her local church to try to share her love of baking. She makes a new friend, Erica, who brings along her niece Tansy, who is a stroppy teenager who is a negative influence on the class. Throw in a potential love interest, Matt, who she meets when walking into work in the mornings, with a dash of uncertainty when her ex fiance Jason turns back up 5 years after moving to Sc ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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Cathy's Christmas Kitchen
by Tilly Tennant
Pub Date: 1 Oct 2020
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jeanie m, Reviewer
Last updated on 30 Aug 2020
My Recommendation
With thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review.
A fabulous real Christmas book full of fun Christmas thoughts and baking can highly recommend.
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Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was OK. I think I expected something different. It didn't feel much like a Christmas book. Nothing happened for the first 20% of the book and then a blender is stolen. Nothing much happens throughout the book. I would have liked to read more about the actual cooking classes. I found most of the characters unlikeable. Cathy didn't need to do everything for her mom, she could have had assistance. Although, I'm guessing they had a very co-dependant relationship with each other. I hated how every ...more
Kat Robson
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful read, you should never be surprised with this by this author. Set aside all things domisicated and curl up woth some hot cocoa and a blanket and read this to make yourself all ready for the christmas events.
Cathy is single and isnt exactly happy with her her life has panned ut so far, she was her mothers career and she died and Cathy was left alone. Her ex finace didnt like her mum so they broke up but Cathy was happy looking after her mum.
Cathy works in a florist in Linnetfo
Susanne Scott
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant heart warming read. The topics touched on in this book are very real and very relevant to lots of people and they really struck a chord with me. Every character introduced has something from their past or in their current situation that could have so easily pulled them down and been turned into a negative. I loved how they were all turned into positives in this book. Everyone’s imperfections were embraced making it beautiful and perfect in its own way. Cathy felt like she had no ...more
I’ve yet to find a book by this author which doesn’t warm my heart and leave me with a big soppy smile!! Cathy’s Christmas Kitchen was delightful, and dare I say it, my first Christmas read of the year! Cathy is a lovely character who just needs some joy in her life. All alone following the death of her mother, Cathy is persuaded to start up a baking course in the local church hall. Of course, Cathy is an accomplished baker who seemed to always carry around a Tupperware box filled with goodies, ...more
Caroline Kerdouci
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars

In her latest feel good romantic novel, Cathy’s Christmas Kitchen,Tilly Tennant transports her readers to the cozy baking world and lives of Cathy and friends who reside in the small town of Linnetford.
Our heroine of the hour is (unsurprisingly) Cathy, part time colleague of Fleur’s at the market stall French for Flowers but a woman who spends all her spare time indulging her love of baking. Recently having lost her mother to a long drawn out illness, now more than ever
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Tilly's work for quite a while now. I have read and loved each and every book that she has written to date. 'Cathy's Christmas Kitchen' is Tilly's latest book and it was released on 1st October 2020. It is another cracking read from Tilly Tennant, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading but more about that in a bit.

I absolutely loved the character of Cathy and I warmed to her from the start. Cathy was the carer for her mother for several years. She didn’t begrudge caring for her-
Sage Knightly
Cathy’s Christmas Kitchen is a heartwarming Christmas romance story that deals with grief, loss, and heartbreak. It centers on Cathy and her love for baking, her loneliness now that her mother is gone, and her yearning for a family and a partner.

Cathy works at a floral stand in the Marketplace with Fleur, her boss. She only works three days a week, so she has plenty of free time that she is beginning to dislike. She doesn’t want to be in her house, all alone and left to try to block out all the
Rachel Gilbey
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whatever you do, don't read this book unless you have large quantities of cake and other goodies to hand, to eat while you are reading - well unless you just want to be made to feel hungry.

Cathy is a fabulous baker, whether she believes it or not, and there are so many delicious sounding bakes in this book it is sure to make your mouth water, and your stomach grumble in anticipation!

Cathy's having to rebuild her life, now that the mother she has been a carer for has passed away, and she realis
Kerry Robinson
Ah I really needed this uplifting and inspiring book last week and it was perfect for beating away the blues.

Cathy has spent all her teenage and adult life caring and now her mum has passed away, and Cathy is lost. Having given up friendships, social engagements, a career and a love life to give every waking minute to her mother, Cathy is at a loose end and finding it hard to fill her days until she takes a step and nrings along some baking to a local coffee morning. From there, Cathy’s confiden
Samadhee Ismail
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank You Netgalley and Bookouture for approving this ARC!

Cathy is moaning at the death of her mother and the only way she remembers her is through her mother's brilliant recipes which Cathy also uses. She gets an unexpected invitation from the church, she used to attend with her father many years ago for a coffee and so she decides at the last minute to attend the coffee. Before attending, she starts making some of her mother's delicious recipes and takes the baked goods to church. At church, t
Misfits farm
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cathy lost her beloved mother a few months ago. Together they baked and made the world seem right. Cathy gave up lots of things to look after her mother when she most needed her including her fiance and friends. she now realises that she has to make a life for herself and so ventures to a local church group where they are asking for home baked goods- right up her street! Her one friend is Fleur who is her boss for the three days she works at the floristry stall on the market who encourages her t ...more
Tasha Frye
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've currently been reading a lot of Christmas books. With everything going on in the world right now, diving into fun and festive themed books, have really helped my mood. We could all use a little Christmas spirit right now, right?

I recently finished Cathy's Christmas Kitchen by Tilly Tennant. Another new author for me. It's been fun reading many new authors these last few months. Cathy's Christmas Kitchen wasn't as light-hearted as I was expecting. Not that it wasn't funny, because there were
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the perfect book for those cold autumn and winter nights when all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a blanket and your favourite drink (a boozy hot chocolate, in my case).

There's quite a bit of heartache in this book, it's not just romance and Christmas spirit, but there are also plenty of sweet moments that make the heartache easier to deal with. The friendships are done really well, whether it's the new friendship between Cathy and Erica or the gossiping and bickering older
Joanne D'Arcy
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cathy was able to bake before she could do much else. Always at her mother's side she seems to have picked up all the recipes her mother made through osmosis and takes great joy in being able to share them with everyone she loves.

But now her mother is gone and Cathy faces Christmas alone for the first time, in bid to combat the loneliness, Cathy finds herself at a church coffee morning taking baked goods with her.

It is through her baking that Cathy starts to make new friends and they encourage h
Tammy (tales.of.tammy)
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, Bookcouture and Tilly Tennant for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!!!

I adored this story. It was light with just enough heavy, it was uplifting with the right amount of sad, and it was a sweet story. I thought Cathy was such a lovely character. She is strong, thoughtful, caring, sweet, and a bit naive and innocent in some ways (if she were a real person I think she would hate me saying that lol.) I really enjoyed getting to know her and the o
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s never too soon to start reading Christmas novels, even though the sun is shining as I write this!

I’ve read all Tilly Tennant’s books, and this one is in her usual well-written, warm, and humorous style.

Cathy has been her mother’s carer for a long time and, now that she’s passed away, Cathy is feeling lost and not quite sure what to do. There is also an ex in the background, and Cathy’s mother’s health and reliance on Cathy contributed to their split. She sees an advert for a church coffee m
Kate Mclaughlin
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A festive read and new beginnings

As a carer myself, Cathy’s situation hit home, when you dedicate years of your life, looking after a loved one come to the end of theirs, it takes its toll, they become your sole though, friends drift away, a work-life becomes harder and love life is non-existent. Many people can never understand unless they live it and it’s even harder to explain.

The way that Tilly dealt with the loneliness and loss is very sympathetic and refreshing to read, it’s rare for peo
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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English an ...more

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