The Little Bakery On Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry is a most delightful contemporary novel. There is a wonderful light-hearted atmosphere as we discover the value of family and good friends. It is the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure.
Busy London life where appearances matter contrasts with the slower more wholesome life in a Yorkshire town. Here community lives and supports each other which is the opposite of the isolation felt in London.
The main character has a huge heart that drops everything to support a friend in need. She has a desire to be wanted and to be helpful to those around her.
Life is about having the correct priorities. It is about supporting and loving those around us. It is about wearing wellies and walking dogs in the rain, not cocktail parties and networking.
I loved the warmth and laughter that enveloped the character and rippled out to include the reader. Ellen Berry has written the most charming novel. Her descriptions enable the reader to ‘walk’ down Rosemary Lane, ‘greeting’ the characters along the way. I cannot wait for a return visit to Rosemary Lane.