Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! This time around a contemporary romance I had mixed feelings about and a classic that I enjoyed.
Title: Sunshine And Cider Cake
(The Great Summer Street Party #1)
Author: Georgia Hill
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: February 3rd 2022
Publisher: One More Chapter
Finished reading: November 11th 2022
“Berecombe may have its faults, but the one thing we’re really good at is coming together as a community.”
There was just something about this book that caught my eye, and I thought it would be the perfect uplifting read for whenever I was in the mood for something lighter. Sunshine And Cider Cake without a doubt delivered on that count, although there were also a few elements that prevented me from giving it a higher rating. That said, I love the community feel of Berecombe; how they all know each other and step in whenever someone needs help. I also loved the historical aspect of this stories, both with the memories of the past (mostly WWII) and the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day celebration they are working on. The memories were the highlight of this book for me! Now to what didn’t work as well for me personally. I didn’t realize this was actually part one of a series, in the sense that you get no real ending AT ALL and both past and present are left right in the middle of something. This can’t even be called a cliffhanger anymore, and it really irked me not getting any closure or answers. I also wasn’t too sure about the main character Ashley; on one hand I liked her, but her self doubt really started to annoy me. I also didn’t really feel the chemistry with Eddie… And then I’m not even talking about the love triangle and big ‘twist’, which ruined things slightly for me. I would have much preferred more focus on Ruby’s past, even though that’s another love triangle to deal with. All in all Sunshine And Cider Cake wasn’t a bad read and it sure reads quickly, but there were also elements that made me enjoy it less than I thought I would.
“No human being should learn from another. Each individual should develop his own powers to the uttermost, not try to imitate those of someone else. I do not wish you to be a second and inferior Poirot. I wish you to be the supreme Hastings. And you are the supreme Hastings. In you, Hastings, I find the normal mind almost perfectly illustrated.”
I’m slowly making my way through the Hercule Poirot books, although I confess that I don’t always read them in order. Lord Edgware Dies is one of the titles that slipped between the cracks, and I decided to finally read it partly to complete the Reading Through The Centuries challenge. And while not as well known, I do think this is one of the stronger Hercule Poirot stories out there. I never guessed the truth behind it all, and there are plenty of suspects, twists and secrets to keep you busy. I always enjoy the interactions between Poirot and Hastings, and it was entertaining to see them slowly uncover the truth. Without doubt another satisfying murder mystery! The rest of the cast of characters wasn’t particularly likeable, but I do think they all play their roles very well and a lot of them make for excellent suspects. It definitely helped keep me entertained along the way, that’s for sure. The final plot twist is BIG.