The Cosy Teashop in the CastleThe Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts
on February 25, 2016
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“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 with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew.”

Ellie has always wanted to bake for a living but her parents have encouraged her to get a steady and reliable job.  Now she has a chance to run a seasonal tea shop in a castle in the northeast part of England.  She is even allowed to live in – a fact that horrifies her mother.  She doesn’t see how Ellie will survive in a remote area that is *gasp* over an hour drive from her parents’ house.  Ah, bless the British and their warped sense of distance.  It always makes me laugh in books when they discussed drives that Americans would do without thought to go to a restaurant as epic adventures requiring careful planning lest disaster fall upon them.

The owner of the castle isn’t a fan of business or of letting people come traipsing around his family home.  He needs the money to keep the place up though.  The castle isn’t a huge tourist attraction so keeping it afloat and learning how to make a small tea shop profitable isn’t easy.

Soon Ellie is scraping by and mostly eating left over pastries for every meal.  She doesn’t want to admit to her parents that things aren’t going well.  She determined to make a go of her little tea shop.

I couldn’t sleep one night and downloaded and read this book all in one sitting.  It was sweet and cute.  It was perfect for a light read. I would recommend this for any chick lit or light romance fans or anyone who ever dreamed of quitting their job and cooking for a living.

I’m jealous of British high tea. You can’t get anything like it around here. I torture myself by following Kelly Michelle on Twitter. She has gluten free high tea a lot. I just look at her pictures and drool. I’m going to Washington DC in July and you can get afternoon tea at a few of the fancy hotels. I’m taking the opportunity while I’m there.


12 Replies to “The Cosy Teashop in the Castle”

  1. The dish of cupcakes looks delicious. This summer I hope to fit in more light reading. Yesterday I looked up Chick Lit. Lost the site. Would also hope to do more Armchair travel.

  2. I like the sound of this book, you had me when you said ‘for anyone who wants to quite their job and cook for a living! A quaint cafe with a bookshop in the corner sounds perfect. We have high tea here in lots of places, and it is delicious. We took my Mum and Gran in Law out for high tea for Mothers Day, and they loved it. I hope you can get some in Washington and have a great time there.

    1. I’m so jealous of tea. We don’t have it around here. I’m going to D.C. In a few weeks and am trying to fit it in.

  3. The premise of the book sounds a bit like Louisa who worked at the tea shop of a castle in Me Before You.And that picture of the tea cakes has me drooling too! Delish!

  4. Fun! I love a light read like this sometimes.

    I like the joke that Europeans think that 500 miles is a long way and Americans think that 500 years is a long time.

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