*Thank you to Caroline Roberts, Harper Impluse and Netgalley for my copy of this book*
Oh, what an absolute delight it is to be back on a journey with the Swinton ladies and this time round, it’s Christmas!! Rachel, Gill and Maisy are three of my most favourite book characters, so when I was able to read more about Ruth this time around and see her contributions, she can most certainly be added on to that list as well.
There’s something about Caroline’s books that I absolutely adore – the cosiness, the way she describes every scene in the story, the delicious recipes that she has decided to share with us – it’s all just so wonderfully magical, so to have a Christmas theme on top of all that, I never wanted the book to end. Caroline’s descriptive writing of the Pudding Pantry and Primrose Farm had me feeling incredibly jealous that I don’t have a Pudding Pantry to visit on a day to day basis – I’d really be in my element!
One of my New Year resolutions, which I haven’t even attempted yet is to learn how to bake and Caroline’s delicious recipes have given me that push to have a go. What better time of the year to start baking delicious, warm goods as well!
Rachel definitely had many more obstacles to tackle throughout this book, compared to the first – some of it hilarious, some of it extremely sad. Ruth’s story-line was definitely one close to my heart, after just recently losing my Grandad, all I wanted for her was a speedy recovery and a happy ending.
Rachel and Tom’s new relationship was also already becoming strained from the amount of work Rachel had decided to put on herself and although there were times Rachel could’ve got Tom involved with stuff, but didn’t, I totally understood how difficult it can be to balance everything and also put 100% energy in to it all. There’s only so much one person can do, whilst also trying to take some time out for themselves as well.
Overall, this was another gorgeous book from Caroline – roll on book three!