Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Chic Boutique on Baker Street - Rachel Dove

Winner of the Prima Flirty Fiction Competition
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 West¬field is the perfect place to
make a fresh start.
Local vet Ben is the golden boy of West¬field, 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?
The author of this book won the Prima Flirty Fiction Competition and I can see why. This is such a fun and light-hearted book with a lovely cosy feeling to it.
Rachel has certainly woven a good yarn (no pun intended!) with this story of a once city high flyer setting up a handmade arts boutique. There are many ups and downs and if I had one slight criticism it would be about the misunderstandings throughout the book - they just made me impatient - however I can see that in the end they did add to the story line.
The ladies of the village who initially seem wary of Rachel rally round her to the last and form a formidable ally for her. I could identify with many of them and Rachel's descriptions of them really brought them to life for me.
My favourite part of the book was when Amanda realised who was on her side and who wasn't and the spectacular showdown which ensued.
Overall this is a good chill out read, not taxing, just go with the flow.
I'm giving this book four out of five stars. My thanks go to Netgalley and HarperCollins for an advance copy of this book to review.

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