Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering

Secrets, lies, carrot cake – and an owl called Skrillex!

Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes!

There is one man who notices Amy. Joshua Wilson also works at Monkpark, where he flies his birds of prey for visitor entertainment. He lives a lonely existence but he has reasons for choosing isolation – and, in Amy, he may have found somebody who understands.

Then a management change brings slick and well-spoken Edmund Evershott to Monkpark. He’s interested in Amy too, but for what reason? Josh suspects the new manager is up to no good – but will Amy? Because Edmund could leave her with much worse than a broken heart …

Title:  Little Teashop of Horrors
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Author:  Jane Lovering
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 28, 2017
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  5 stars

Little Teashop of Horrors is a story that will draw you in to a complex world and keep you on your toes throughout.  Full of characters you’ll love or soon love to hate, it’s a tale that shows real life with all of it’s happiness, changes, dark sides and yes, quirkiness.  I’ve been a fan of Jane Lovering for some time now.  I believe I’ve read most of her work, but not reviewed them all (I’ll have to fix that) and I can say without a doubt in my mind that Little Teashop of Horrors touched me more deeply… and I believe it’s her best to date.

When you first meet them Amy and Josh may seem like an unusual couple.  Give them a little bit of time and you’ll soon discover two wounded souls who bring out the best in each other, and together they’ll do a lot towards healing those wounds.  Part of my enjoyment of this couple was the realistic impression that not all of their personal issues are wrapped up in a bow by the ending of this story, but an ongoing, loving relationship that will continue to ease those old wounds over time.  They make a good start and that’s what matters.  In that sense their romance is very satisfying to me for the believable factors within it.

Edmund, now there’s a character who at his arrival simply made my skin crawl.  You know those moments when a character first appears on the page and you simply know that they are a worthless, nasty piece of work… yeah, that was my first impression of this man who has the charm of a cobra waiting to strike.  For all of his surface “charms”, Edmund is a man who takes what’s not his, things people and ideas, and presents it as if he owned it all along.  I didn’t like him, and couldn’t wait for him to get exactly what he deserved.

I completely enjoyed my time in Little Teashop of Horrors.  There is friendship, family, blossoming love, danger, true friends (both human and feathered) and a very satisfying conclusion.  Like life, this story has ups and down, happiness and sadness, danger and comfort, and yes funny and quirky moments as well – it’s a believable romance with characters that we probably see parts of in people we know in real life.  That is what I find entertaining about this one, I could put these people down in my neighborhood and they’d fit.  Look for a few surprises along the way, I never put everything in a review.  Discovering the reason behind the title is a fun aspect of this one.

I would highly recommend this one, and would encourage you to take a chance on Little Teashop of Horrors.  I believe you’ll enjoy the experience and perhaps find a new to you author to follow… she’s really quite good.  *grin*  Go ahead, indulge yourself and enjoy a really good story.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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