I would first like to say a big thank you to Harper Impulse, Caroline Roberts and Netgalley for inviting me to read ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’. I am forever grateful for these opportunities.
Primrose Farm is the complete definition of heaven when it come’s to Rachel and her family. With delicious freshly baked goodies floating around the house and a farm full of animals to keep them company, there’s nothing more our three leading ladies could possibly want.
However, when it comes to the financial side of keeping up the farm, Rachel is devastated to know that they’re in a spot of trouble and may need to sell some of her father’s land, in order to upkeep what has always been an extremely important part of her life. In order to keep her family’s legacy going, her only option is to go with the crazy plan she has swirling around in her head which will include the family’s cook-book and her mother’s magical baking skills.
There was something so incredibly comforting about this book and I think it had a lot to do with the fact that Caroline featured so many delicious puddings throughout. I read this book through our most recent 4-day bank holiday weekend, with the glorious sun, the scolding heat and the smell of barbecues coming from every direction. The only thing I needed was Rachel and Jill’s pudding pantry, and I would have been the happiest girl in the world!
When I realised that this story was heavily based on a farm, I became a little hesitant on whether or not this would be a read for me, however, that being said, the farm was a gorgeous place to get pulled in to and the setting ended up being that refreshing change I needed in a book. Being able to read about how Rachel maintains her farm was really interesting, and I also learnt a thing or two about looking after the animals, good times and hard times.
Rachel and Jill’s life had recently taken a turn for the worst, therefore, seeing the girls pick themselves up and pursue the Pudding Pantry was so exciting to witness – their spirits lifting with every chapter I read. The community was also so wonderful and supportive of their new business venture, including Tom, their extremely handsome neighbour and a man Rachel had grown up with since she was just a little girl.
Rachel, currently being a single mother, isn’t really on the market to finding someone new, however, with her daughter growing up and asking questions about her father, she can’t help but wonder if a certain someone could one day be the perfect father figure to her – most of this coming from the weirdly romantic feelings that had started occurring all of a sudden.
This was the best cosy read to spend my bank holiday weekend with. The light-hearted and warm story had me hooked from start to finish, falling in love with everything from Primrose Farm, the pudding pantry, the characters, all the way up to Rachel and Tom’s mature, budding romance. What more could you possibly want!?