Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green.
Katja Skorobogatova is fed up of being judged. Jasper, the love of her life, was not by her side when a woman at the party called her a Rusky and made remarks about her race. His mother didn’t seem to be happy that her son was dating a Russian girl whose parents were the ‘circus people’.
It’s been six months since the breakup but Katja is still feeling low. She hardly goes out of the house. Her grandmother tries to keep her granddaughter happy but in vain… Finally, babushka (Grandmother) shows Katja an advertisement. A bakery has opened at the Duck Pond and they are in need of a baker. Katja fills the form, halfheartedly.
Katja decides to fill in her name as Kate Barker. After filling the form, she throws it in the bin. Few days later, Katja is surprised to see an email, asking her to come over to the Duck Pond Bakery for an interview. Babushka says that she mailed the form on Katja’s behalf.
Now Katja is Kate. But what does it matter? Kate will not be selected to work at the bakery and Katja/Kate is sure of it. But Ellie wants Kate to start working. Katja should now reveal her real name before it is too late. But telling the truth might cost Katja her job…
A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe is such a delightful and uplifting story! A perfect combination of mouth-watering cakes and other baked goodies, friendship, love and family. (I can’t stop drooling about apfel streudal – a buttery pastry filled with apples and cinnamon; I do not know if it is available in India so can someone, anyone, please send me a care package. 😀 Pretty pleaseeeee)
I liked Katja the most in this story. Bullying in school has taken a toll on her adult life. It doesn’t end there! A lady on the bus comments on her ‘Russian’ nose, making Katja even more concerned about her roots. Though born and brought up in the UK, Katja is still a victim of racism. The love of her life, Jasper, was no better either. Being a mamma’s boy, he broke up with Katja just because his mamma didn’t like her.
As Kate/Katja starts working at the bakery, she’s in for a competition. Madison, her house-mate and new joinee at the bakery is up to some mischief. Richard, Fen’s brother, is irresistible. Kate is drawn to his good looks and charm. Ellie seems to have put all her money in the bakery – the decorations and all. The only thing she needs now is customers. Zak, her partner, seems to be going through a tough time. Small tiffs between the duo start to surface and their relationship is tested.
This is the first book I read in this series. From Rachel’s review in goodreads and the blurb (goodreads again), it looks like the story revolves around the lives of Ellie, Fen and Jaz. However, in this story, Katja’s life takes precedence. After reading this book, I am really curious to know what happened before Katja’s entry into the story. A weekend binge reading spree is in plan. 😀 😀
I loved the story and the writing. The character portrayal and the story development was superb. This is one the feel good books so a must read, especially if you are feeling a bit low. Since this is a novella, I cannot say more about the story and make this review a spoiler. So go ahead, read A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and I am pretty sure you will not be disappointed.
Character Development: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe (The Little Duck Pond Cafe #5)
Author: Rosie Green
Published on: 10th March 2019
Genre: Fiction, Chick-lit
Purchase Link: Amazon.com
Many thanks to Rachel for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour.