Cathy’s Christmas Kitchen by Tilly Tennant

Cathys Christmas Kitchen Synopsis: As the snow flutters down in the little village of Linnetford, escape to a cosy farmhouse kitchen, scented with the rich aromas of fruitcake and gingerbread, where a love of baking is about to unite two lonely hearts…

Cathy cooked at her mother’s side her whole life and could bake a fairy cake before she could ride a bike. Now she is facing her first Christmas without her beloved mother, she’s determined to use her memories for something positive. She decides to organise a weekly cooking class, sharing her mother’s precious recipes with other lonely souls.

There’s just one small spanner in the works: teenager Tansy, who attends Cathy’s classes even though she’s rude to everyone there and seems to hate every minute. Cathy is poised to ask Tansy to leave, but her uncle, physiotherapist Matt, begs her to give the teenager another chance. And Cathy can’t resist Matt’s sparkling hazel eyes and incredibly kind heart…

But just as Cathy is feeling she might find joy again, her ex returns to Linnetford, desperate for a second chance. With Matt becoming distant as his life gets more complicated, it seems so easy to return to the safe embrace of someone she knows so well. Can Cathy avoid the temptation of falling back in love with the man who broke her heart and let Christmas bring her the greatest gift – that of happiness?

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I am certainly a Tilly Tennant fan, and although this is a suitable Cosy Christmas Read and one that I enjoyed it isn’t one of my favourites from this author. Cathy is our lead character and as she recently lost her Mum she is now facing her first Christmas without her. Cathy is a nice character and one that I liked, however I found it a little slow going in the beginning. Cathy is a baker, but just something she does as a hobby.

When she is given the chance to run a cookery class she tentatively accepts and this is the opening she needed to become her own person without her Mum by her side. At this point when the cookery lessons start we are introduced to other characters including Matt. In addition to Matt Cathy’s ex makes an appearance on the scene with further throws her life into chaos a little. This story was much more about Cathy finding her feet and working out her choices in life. I enjoyed reading it and certainly think its suited to a wet and dreary Christmas day to be read alongside a hot chocolate. Like I said a very enjoyable read, just not one I would call one of my favourites from this consistently great author!

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