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ARC Review: The Country Village Summer Fete by Cathy Lake


Emma Patrick’s life is spiralling out of control. On the cusp of her 50th birthday, she realises that she’s been so focused on work that she’s lost any real connection to people.

When Emma’s ageing father needs her help, she decides to go back home to the countryside to spend some time with him. But returning to Little Bramble after years away is filled with complications and people she’d rather avoid.

To her surprise, as Emma settles in she finds herself loving village life. When the opportunity to get involved in the running of the summer fête comes her way, soon she’s embracing jam making, cake baking and bunting. And with romance brewing, Emma begins to doubt the glamorous city life that she worked so hard to build . . .


The Country Village Summer Fete is a wonderful heartwarming summer read.  It’s gentle feel good book full of happiness, village life and community spirit.  This is book two in the series but it can be read perfectly as a standalone. After a slow beginning, I raced through the rest of the book and didn’t stop until I finished.  A quick read but well written and with some sumptuous descriptions of food.

The characters are warm, cheery and immensely likeable and there is not a bad one amongst them.  Well…maybe Sadie but she disappeared fairly rapidly, which is a shame because I was expecting an exciting stand off scene with Emma.  Emma had a beautiful close and loving relationship with Greg, her dad, and I really enjoyed following her budding romance with Connor.  It’s very tender and sweet with some lovely little touches of humour.  As a dog lover I gravitated towards the scenes with the rescue dogs and the adoption of Harmony.

I adored the village of Little Bramble, the rural setting and the characters and I completely immersed myself in the village life.  I want to buy a house in Little Bramble, go strawberry picking, walk my dogs and make jam and chutney all day long.  If you need a pick me up, you need to read The Country Village Summer Fete it’s pure escapism and I was quite bereft when it ended.  This is a uplifting and happy story, so grab a box of chocolates, put your feet up and get stuck into this charming book.

Publisher:  Zaffre
Publication Date (UK):  10.06.21
Series:  The Country Village #2 
Format:  Paperback
Page Count:  400
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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