Rachel's Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts Book Review

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Rachel’s Pudding Pantry follows Rachel, who is a farmer in the modern world, living with her mum Jill and her five year old daughter, Maisy. Rachel and her mum have been dealing with a lot of grief in the last couple of years since Rachel's father's death, and are struggling financially to keep the farm running.

The one thing that glues this family together and keeps them happy, is baking and making a variety of puddings. Rachel has the idea to open up their very own pudding pantry at the farm to help the farm out financially, and after convincing her mum to give it a go, they set up The Pudding Pantry.

Of course, no chick-lit is complete without a love interest, and that love interest comes in the form of Tom, Rachel's next-door neighbouring farmer, but then there's Rachel's ex - the father of her daughter - who shows up unexpectedly too.

I loved the farming aspect of the book. Rachel's day-to-day life wasn't painted as a pretty picture of her walking around the farm looking flawless and living the dream. No, the farming aspect of this book was clearly very well researched - there was talking of lambing season, birthing of farmyard animals, and the nitty gritty day-to-day tasks of farming life.

I loved that this book covers a wide variety of topics - friendship, single parenthood, starting up a business, friendships, relationship and loss. But it does so in a way that isn't forced or too "trying". I instantly warmed to Rachel and her ability to keep the farm running and keep the family afloat despite all the hurdles thrown her way.

I really enjoyed this book. It was my first time reading a Caroline Roberts book and I found it very easy to follow along to and the writing style just seemed to flow nicely. It was a very quick read for me too - I read this book in a day as it was just a really lovely read. It was entertaining yet a little predictable, but I did really enjoy it - one thing to note from this book, it will make you hungry! I believe there is a sequel to this book coming out at the end of October called Christmas at Rachel's Pudding Pantry and I'll be sure to pick it up!

Verdict: ★★★

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