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Fen has always hated being the centre of attention. She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers. She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart. But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league. But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

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My Review

This is book #3 in the Little Duck Pond Café and in this latest instalment we return to the village smack bang in the middle of the festive season.   Fen makes the cakes at the Little Duck Pond Café and does such a good job of them that she thinking of entering into a baking competition.  She doesn’t really like to have much interaction with people though and she’s always been happy to stay in the background rather than being centre of attention.  That is until Ethan Fox, the star role in the local amateur dramatics group, arrived in the village.  Drop dead gorgeous, Fen falls for him straight away even though she knows he’s out of her league.  When there’s a problem with the pantomime, can Fen overcome her shyness and help Ethan out?

It was great to return to the Little Duck Pond Café.  I’ve read the other books in the series and they never fail to bring a smile to my face.  This one was no different and as it was set right in the run up to Christmas, it certainly brought a festive feel to my reading!  Most of the characters you will know if you have read the previous books, and it was like being welcomed back to the family!  Each of the novella sized stories focus on a different character, and this time it was Fen’s turn!

Fen is a lovely character.  I couldn’t really remember much of her back story from the other books so it was great to be reminded of her.  She appears to be an old romantic at heart, getting many of her romantic ideas from books and films.  At the beginning of the book, Fen and the other two main characters, Ellie and Jaz, are watching the local theatrical group performing Pride and Prejudice and Fen likens the handsome Ethan Fox to Mr Darcy!  I can understand why she falls for him straight away as Ethan sounds absolutely amazing, but as the book moves on you begin to wonder whether he’s as perfect as he seems!

The book also includes the other two main characters, Ellie and Jaz and they both have a little mini storyline running alongside Fen’s story.  It all sounds a lot in a little novella sized book, but it wasn’t and if anything I wanted more from all three of these great characters!  It was obvious how the story was going to end, but it was great fun getting there!  It was definitely a fun festive read, full of love, laughter and tears!  A perfect quick read for Christmas!

The Author

Rosie Green 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 involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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