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 …-Choc Lit
I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from this book. Going from the title part of me thought along the lines of the little shop of horrors and expected plants coming out singing. I have no idea why.
Instead we have two people, Amy who works in the teashop and Josh who works with the birds of prey, both have low self-esteem working at Monkpark Hall estate who in the end work together to find out what mysterious goings on are going on in the hall. The book is alternative chapters of each character’s viewpoint, allowing us to get to know the main characters and their insecurities and perhaps thinking about our own. All the characters are well written however I think the stars of the book have to be Amy’s Gran who kept Amy on her toes and was obsessed with spoons and gives you a glimpse of old age. Then there’s Josh’s birds, such characters and I think they also helped bring Josh and Amy closer together.
The book provides a bit of everything, humour, love, it’s well worth a read, and what I would be interested in is a visit to the teashop to try the cakes.
Thank you for reading