"The Cosy Teashop in the Castle" by Caroline Roberts is exactly the kind of book you expect from looking at the cover and reading the title: a light, cosy read, just right for when you simply want to be entertained by a contemporary story with a nice heroine, a good measure of romance and some humour thrown in.
Ellie is a young woman who loves her close-knit family, but not her office job in Newcastle.
She dreams of doing for a living what she likes best: baking. As a little girl, she spent hours in her Nana's kitchen, watching her bake, and her old recipe book is one of Ellie's most treasured possesssions.
When she has the chance to run a teashop in a remote castle, she can hardly believe her luck.
Of course there are obstacles to ovrcome before Ellie's dream really comes true; important parts in this are played by the handsome estate manager and Lord Henry, owner of the castle.
The reader can guess from the first moment more or less what will happen, and that all will end well. But the road to happiness is not always straight and easy, and just when Ellie thinks life can't get any better - or worse! - something else happens.
I read this while on holiday (I found it on one of the book shelves in our cottage). and I did not mind its lightness; it was just right for a holiday read.
It was the first time I have come across a book by this author, who has her own blog right here on this platform: http://carolinerobertswriter.blogspot.co.uk/
Her writing is pleasant, not the kind of in-your-face witty or overly sassy some authors seem to think their (female?) readers like.
Not necessarily a "must read", but definitely a "can".