Saturday 23 April 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Chic Boutique On Baker Street - Rachel Dove

The perfect escape to the country…

Recently single and tired of the London rat race Amanda is determined to make her dreams of setting up an idyllic countryside boutique come true, and the picturesque village of Westfield is the perfect place to make a fresh start.
Local vet Ben is the golden boy of Westfield, especially to resident gossip Agatha Mayweather, who is determined to help Ben get his life back together after his wife left.

When a chance encounter outside the ‘chic boutique’ sets sparks flying between Amanda and Ben, Agatha is itching to set them up. But are Amanda and Ben really ready for romance?

What did I think?

Ok, I admit, when I agreed to read and review this book I didn't realise it was a Mills & Boon, so I turned to the first page in trepidation. Then by page 2 I was thinking Mills & who??

This is such a brilliant story, of love lost and gained.  Amanda is a brilliant character; she evolved from high flying London lawyer to country craft shop owner as if she was born to do it.  After finding her boyfriend, and fellow lawyer, Marcus in flagrante with his secretary, Amanda runs for the hills.  She sets up shop in the sleepy Yorkshire town of Westfield and locks eyes with local vet and fellow shop owner, Ben, but as we all know, the course of true love never runs smoothly...

I loved the growing relationship between Amanda and Ben.  They have more than their fair share of misunderstandings to add to their histories of heartbreak.  Understandably, neither of them want to get hurt but will they take the chance on each other?  Leave that to the ladies of Westfield...a bunch of hilarious meddling matriarchs who each see Ben as their own son and will do anything to make him happy.  Amanda really doesn't stand a chance!

I read this book with a smile on my face.  I adored Amanda's kittens - Pinky and Perky, and was charmed by the blossoming romance between Agatha and Sebastian - proving that you're never too old for love!  I loved all of the misunderstandings, the meddling and the interfering; each character was brought to life through the warm and emotive writing of Rachel Dove.

Pure escapism, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street will warm your heart and leave you with a massive smile on your face.  It is my absolute pleasure to release my review as part of The Chic Boutique on Baker Street Blog Tour.

I received this book from the publisher, Harlequin, in exchange for an honest review.

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