Summer Breeze: The Windmill Cafe by Poppy Blake #chicklitmay


Length: 100 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say:

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

The Review: This series is most possibly the most shared on social media and so I knew it had to be featured in Chick Lit May! It’s the story of Rosie, an ex florist, who is now in The Windmill Cafe, organising the first garden party of the premises. I’ll admit for a while I wasn’t sure if I’d missed another book of the series, as the information was drip fed to us, but soon caught up.

We see Suki Richards, who is making it big in the pop world. When she is found in a bad state, poisoning is suspected and Rosie and another character, Matt (who has such an excellent back story) set out to find what really happened. I’ll be honest, if I hadn’t been totally in the mood for this I’d probably be saying that this was a bit too young for me, in that it was extremely innocent and cutesy how they went about finding the possible culprit, but with the weather and the lovely setting of the Windmill Cafe’s surroundings, actually it suited me just fine. The banter in this book was great, with some nice shots of humour and a lot of drama. I’m afraid I did judge and raise my eyebrows at the fact that Rosie had moved (and was guided to, which I found even worse!) from law to floristry to a cafe (only because she’d loved law, of course people can make career moves for jobs they’d adore, but … okay, gonna stop digging my hole here!), but this may be dealt with in another part of the series. All in all it was a nice change to have a romance that dealt more with a mystery (albeit an extremely light, innocent one) and I enjoyed.

Rating: 4/5