The bookshop on Rosemary Lane. By Ellen Berry.
Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn’t an issue that Cooking with Aspic can’t fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled. Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You.
Forty years later, On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop. Not knowing what to do with the hundreds of cookbooks her mother left her, she now wants to share their recipes with the world and no amount of aspic will stand in her way. But with her family convinced it’s a hare-brained scheme, Della starts to wonder if she’s made a terrible decision. One thing’s for sure: she’s about to find out.
I seem to be on a streak of quite predictable formulaic books at the moment, unfortunately this one wasn’t as good as others I’ve read recently.
I did finish the book, so it obviously had something going for it. I liked Della, with her newly found back-bone and the premise of the book was a good one. But I just couldn’t seem to care enough about any of the characters.
Della didn’t actually seem that bothered or even shocked by her mums big secret, I felt like the whole thing with her father was a little pointless and added nothing to the story. The new romance was a bit out-of-nowhere and as for Mark, he was no great loss and to be honest Della didn’t even seem to particularly like him.
I think the character I ended up caring most about was Liam, the boyfriend of Della’ daughter, Sophie, and he really only had small part in the book.
I was also a little disappointed because I felt misled by the title. I thought there would more of the actual bookshop in the title, and as the bookshop was to be specialising in cookery books I expected more cooking too or at least for Della to be much more into the books than she was.
The cover gave me the impression that The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane would have more of a quaint little village feel to it.
As I said, I did finish the book and I almost never carry on reading a book I don’t like, so this was definitely not a bad book. I just felt like something was missing.
It’s an easy read, and one where you know what you’re getting, it’s not a bad way to spend a weekend but unfortunately I’m only giving this one 3 stars out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️.
I borrowed this book from the library, and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.