There’s something about the lovely Pudding Pantry series that I just really enjoy. It’s warm, cosy and as saccharine as all the cakes and sweet treats everyone is constantly making. But it’s also wholesome, and the combination of farming community and baking business is just one that really appeals to me.
Title: Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry
Author: Caroline Roberts
Publisher: One More Chapter, HarperCollins UK
Publication Date: 23rd July 2020
Series: Pudding Pantry #3
Rating: 3.5 stars
It’s summer at Primrose Farm and Rachel and Tom’s wedding is only weeks away. There’s still lots to organise but with plenty of hands on deck, it should be a piece of cake, right …?
I really like how this series has come together – it’s been a lovely escape to follow pragmatic and stubborn Rachel in coping with the loss of her Dad, maintaining the farm, setting up the Pudding Pantry business, raising her daughter with the support of her mum and finding romance in the farm next door.
The sugary sweet conversations (everything is “bless” or “I’ll put the kettle on” or little girls talking about cake and unicorns and dresses) is generally quite well balanced with stresses and responsibilities of farming or of running a business that depends on customer satisfaction. If you want wholesome in a beautiful Northumberland setting, then that’s exactly what you get.
I thought I would like the addition of a second voice in this story – it’s rare that the best friend gets to play anything but a supporting role, so it was good to join Eve’s struggle (as well as enjoying her crafting business), rather than it all just being on Rachel. However, ultimately this still ended up playing an antagonist/supporting role to the main character, which was a little disappointing – although good to have a roving eye problem in this kind of cosy romance.
The whole plot unfolds gradually and steadily in such a calmly written way – you know what you’ve come from, and you trust the author to deliver.
3.5 stars – but I have to round down to 3.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.