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Book Review – A Summer at the Castle by Kate Lord Brown #BookReview #BookBlogger #contemporary

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Darcy arrived home to the castle for a cooking competition held every year to pay for its upkeep. But this year they had Beatrice, who had her own agenda. Love and romance, recipe and sabotage were weaved in this tale.

My first book by author Kate Brown, the recipes sounded delicious. I love MasterChef Australia, and to read about a story under the same setting was delightful. Made me hungry too for cakes. Not the velvet cupcake. You have to read the book to know the reason.

Romance was slow and sweet. I liked the wooing and friendship that went with it. Interspersed in the first half was a flashback to 1969 about a young girl Colleen and the abuse she underwent. Those chapters raised my pathos.

Then came my niggles. The book was a wee bit long and rambling. I liked the sabotage section as they brought spice to the story. Emotions could have been stronger as seen in sections of 1969.

Overall, it was an entertaining breakfast read.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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Scandal, secrets and strawberries.
A recipe for disaster…

Every summer, Diana Hughes organises a famous baking competition at her beautiful castle in the south west of Ireland, to raise funds for its upkeep. But this year, amongst the bunting and scrumptious cakes, everything is turning out a little differently than planned!

First, her daughter Darcy arrives on the doorstep unexpectedly, after running away to the sunny hills of California with a broken heart a year ago. Then a mysterious stranger tries to sabotage the competition. Diana and Darcy soon find out that the past is quickly catching up with them – and it’s about to turn their lives upside down!…


Publication Date: June 2021

I received an ARC from the author, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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