I love a good mystery, and one that feels like it could really happen is even better! Larceny at the Library was that good, believable mystery for me. I think the author’s previous careers have lent to her credibility in this book. She previously worked on Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress!
I loved the characters in Larceny at the Library. They were easy to get to know even though this is the sixth book in the series. I’d like to go back and read the previous books, though because I want to learn about them from the beginning now! Kit and Doug make a good couple, and I enjoyed their personal life mixed into this mystery!
This was a raw story. It is a YA genre, but I would definitely say it’s a mature young adult story. I loved that this felt like a real-life high school situation. This reminded a bit of how high school actually was.
How I Felt:
The characters are heartbreaking, yet heartwarming. Cleo comes from a home life that leaves her broken and bruised. She’s a kick-butt kind of girl that does what she needs to for survival. In a book about a house fire that destroyed so much, Cleo is a different spark of fire that Shake needs in his life. Shake is angry and lost. The deaths of his family have torn him apart and he doesn’t know where to go from here. Together, they made an odd, yet perfect pair.
When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears.
As Ace and John’s friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together.
What I Loved: The charming conversations in this cozy story made this book so lovable. I loved the way Ellie thinks with funny things like “Oh nightmare!”
How I Felt: I loved the characters in this book. Sylvia is probably my favorite character actually and I would love to see more of her in another book (and maybe I will get to since this is a series). Ellie is a bit of a hot mess with all the things going wrong in her life and I appreciated her character flaws that came with these issues. The romance was perfect and I enjoyed that story line. I felt that the two characters had chemistry and found myself rooting for them from the beginning.
Overall: This is a quick read with a very light-hearted feel. The story was endearing and the writing was well-done.
To Read or Not To Read: If you are looking for a quick read to lighten your mood, this is it!
Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love!
Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the Little Duck Pond Cafe. Renting the flat above the cafe seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.
But is running away from your past ever really the answer?
Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zak Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down cafe altogether.
Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s Little Duck Pond Cafe from closure?
Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green
Series: The Little Duck Pond Cafe book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 127 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: March 22, 2018
A sudden noise makes me turn my head towards the cottage and I almost lose my balance, grasping just in time at a branch above my head.
A tall man is striding out of the house towards me, looking understandably peeved. He crosses the grass and stands right below me.
‘What’s going on?’ The deep, rumbling voice matches his big, lean frame as he stands there, hands on hips, glaring up at me. I can barely see his eyes beneath the tumble of dark hair but I’m pretty sure they’re flashing with anger.
I swallow hard and open my mouth to start apologizing but my throat feels so dry, nothing comes out. So I’m left staring back at him like a stunned haddock.
‘Well?’ His bark tones down a notch. I think he’s realized from my gormless expression that I pose no big security threat to his tree or his person.
‘Sorry.’ I manage to choke out a single word. But looking down, I feel quite faint. Descending is going to be a challenge. Fright has welded my bottom to the branch.
‘Are you doing this for a dare?’ he asks, glancing towards the hedge as if he expects to see a friend with a sheepish grin pop up at any moment with their thumb in the air. ‘We’ve had one or two break-ins lately, so you can understand how I might feel slightly suspicious about a strange woman lurking in my tree.’
Oh, God, does he think I’m a burglar
Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green is available now. Readers will also be able to read the whole series on Kindle Unlimited as it is released.
Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.
Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.
Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.
Spring at the Little Duck Pond Café is the first in Rosie’s brand new series of novellas centred around life in a village café. Each novella is a ‘stand-alone’ read.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.
The main character, Mira is from another planet and is integrating into Earth. Her thoughts are hilarious and I loved them. She is educated in the culture and slang of Earth, but she hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it yet. She titles the popular, mean girls, the “Skinnies”, and I just found it adorable. Overall, I loved watching her become a part of Earth’s high school routine. Experiencing things for the first time, like a cafeteria lunch, which she is extremely excited to try. It all just rounded out for a fun read.
How I Felt:
I was rooting for Mira to make it through this book! I wanted to know everything that was happening. The book had so many twists and turns as the plot unfolded, it kept me interested from start to finish! There are a few parts that feel a bit clunky, but overall I was able to overlook that as the overall story was a good read.