The Cherry Tree Cafe Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Cupcakes, crafting and love at The Cherry Tree Cafe... Perfect feel-good summer reading for fans of Great British Bake-Off.
Lizzie Dixon's life feels as though it's fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So, there's only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again.
Her best friend Jemma is delighted Lizzie has come back home as she has just bought a little cafe and Lizzie's sewing skills are just what she needs to help get it ready for the grand opening.
With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago...?
For everyone who loves settling down to watch Great British Bake-Off, the Great British Sewing Bee, or curling up to read Milly Johnson or Jenny Colgan, The Cherry Tree Cafe is a coffee-break treat.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 12 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 31, 2018|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #173,164 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#13,596 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#95,926 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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But story behind this book is so much more than the renovation of the little Cafe. When we meet Lizzie, she is expecting a proposal from her rich boyfriend. Which doesn't happen, at all. Instead she is bumped and given that she moved to London for him and got her job thanks to him, she finds herself in quite an awkward situation. But soon she realises, as we do too as readers, that she never fitted in this shiny luxurious life and goes back home to her friend's place to start over. Jemma is the kind of friend we would love to have in our lives. The friendship between these two is really well developed and believable and I enjoyed reading their interactions a lot. But the star of the story is Jemma's little girl, Ella. She always had something to comment on and was usually spot on.
But Jemma and her family are not the only ones waiting for Lizzie in her hometown. Her neurotic mother (imagine Judy Geller from Friends), an old high school rival, her old job and an old flame are all waiting for Lizzie too. Which make her return a bit more complicated and give the story quite a lot of drama. There certainly were a couple of twists that I didn't expect at all and there was a moment when I really had no idea where the story was going to go. So good for Heidi Swain for having the ability to surprise me.
The Cherry Tree Cafe is Heidi's debut and she has showed us her great potential. She certainly is one author to watch. I highly recommend The Cherry Tree Cafe to baking and crafting lovers as there are so many ideas to take from the book. I think I'll leave now to go make some bunting, Lizzie's style!
Lizzie Dixon is The Cherry Tree Cafe main character. She is a clever, a creative and a resourceful woman who got sort of lost in a relationship with a very uptight and a snobbish man. After a terribly embarrassing and a humiliating break up Lizzi is determined to do a bit of a soul searching. Encouraged by her best friend Jemma she decides to move back to her home town. Lizzie is not only enthusiastically met by Jemma's family, her own family as well as all the town's good folks but she also learns that her high school crush is back in town and nursing his own broken heart too!
I was certain I was going to enjoy this book as soon as I saw it landing into my kindle library. I loved the way Heidi describes The Cherry Tree Cafe and the surrounding town of Wynbridge. There is plenty of beautiful ( Jemma, Tom and Ben), funny ( Ella) and colorful ( Lizzie's mother) characters to let us fully immerse in the story-line. The friendship between Lizzie and Jemma was so delectable to read. They have such an understanding of each others life and seem to nudge one or the other in the right direction while giving plenty of encouragement and love on the way. Although during some scenes I found Lizzie very exasperating and wanted her to get a move on and come to a decision! At the end I tried to put myself in Lizzie's shoes and I realized that it must have been very difficult for her to choose a path she will be happy to follow. I loved the relationship dynamics between Jemma and Tom and Lizzie and Ben. All four of them worked hard at making their dreams come true!
I really enjoyed the crafting scenes of the story; making bunting, crocheting and getting people together to have some creative fun. What a joy! I would definitely join a crafting session in The Cherry Tree Cafe myself.
The story had been developed very cleverly with a few twists and turns so we,as readers, could see how a couple of misunderstandings can lead to lots of trouble or broken hearts. There was definitely a few mysteries surrounding our Ben Fletcher but a good chat and a hot cup of tea can sort out almost anything. As a romantic comedy The Cherry Tree Cafe is simply a pure gold.
Heidi Swain had created a wonderful, warm and inspiring book that was so pleasurable to read. I will be eagerly awaiting what she will deliver.
Top reviews from other countries
Lizzie is at a standstill in her life thanks to her wonderful boyfriend, sorry, EX boyfriend. She could stay working in the job that HE got for her, or she could go back to her home town and await all the told you so's from her mother. Damned if she does, damned if she doesn't really. Poor Lizzie.
Lizzie decided to go for the latter. Go back to her home village and deal with the comments when they arose. However, little did Lizzie know, her life was about to get even more complicated. Even more complicated that one of Jemma's cakes couldn't even fix it. I wonder if Jemma makes humble pie?
I adored following Lizzie's new venture and 'seeing' her make good use of the talents that she had to put aside for many years. Heidi described every little detail of everything that was made. It was as though I had the items right in front of me. Maybe I need to sweet talk Heidi into 'getting' me a memento from the café -flutters eyelashes-.
I did find Lizzie to be a little bit of a lost character. She came across as though she didn't have a clue what she wanted, but was easily tempted by things that she thought she wanted. I must say, I got a little frustrated at her choices during the story. But I guess it is easy for an outsider to say that though isn't it? All Lizzie wants is to be loved for who she is, and to be settled in a life that she chose NOT what she had to go along with.
When friendships and relationships get put to the test, it becomes perfectly clear why Lizzie has issues with trust. I felt quite sorry for her. Despite the fact that I worked out where the story was heading about half way through, it didn't ruin the rest of the story for me. I thought it may have done, but I was getting excited waiting for it all to happen and take place. I just wanted Lizzie to be happy and those around her to realise the error of their ways.
I really enjoy reading books about cafe's and shops because the likelihood of me actually working in one, are slim to nil. Plus, if I read fun books about them, like this one, I can be transported to The Cherry Tree Café without even leaving my bed! The Cherry Tree Café is definitely a fun, cosy read; ideal to read especially if 'stress' has become your middle name. Why? Because as soon as you 'walk' into The Cherry Tree Café, your problems disappear.
The Cherry Tree Café was Heidi’s debut novel, and you can tell from this one that Heidi was going to become as successful as she has. This book sets the tone of what’s to come, not only in the books based around Wynbridge, but all of Heidi’s books.
This book is all about Lizzie. Lizzie lives in London with her boyfriend, who she thinks is about to propose to her. When, instead, she is dumped she heads back home to the village of Wynbridge. There her best friend Jemma is thrilled to have her back and Lizzie helps her with her new venture, The Cherry Tree Café.
Whilst in London Lizzie had lost who she was changing to fit in with her boyfriend Giles’ expectations and image. Now back home and with the people that love her for being the true Lizzie she rediscovers who she is and the things that she loves in life. And the real Lizzie is a wonderfully warm lovable character who is loyal to her friends and is a talented crafter. This rediscovery of who she is sets Lizzie on a path of finding the things that make her truly happy and she is able to fill her life with those things.
We also meet Jemma, Lizzie’s best friend, her husband Tom, and an old friend of them all, Ben. Like Lizzie they are all great characters that bring a wonderful bond to the story. The dynamic between them is great.
The book is set in the village of Wynbridge and Heidi’s description allows you to feel that you are there with Lizzie and her friends. The Cherry Tree Café sounds divine and I wish I could take a visit for some cake and crafting. Can you imagine anything better?!
The Cherry Tree Café is a feel-good book full of love, friendship, crafting and delicious cake!
Her opening scene takes us into the heart of her heroine, Lizzie Dixon, and you may be forgiven for thinking the ensuing events are too predictable ~ but, I implore you, read on. Nothing in The Cherry Tree café is predictable.
Ms Swain’s writing carried this reader from the opening scene to the last sentence and left her exasperated with Lizzie, and in love with Lizzie, routing for Lizzie to grow a spine, and then charmed that Lizzie’s spine was always there, it just got buffeted a bit more than she deserved.
This author takes you through the gamut of friendship, be it true or misguided. There were times when I really wanted to ‘clock’ Lizzie’s best friend Jemma, her husband and Ms Swain’s hero, Benn.
There are more twists and turns in The Cherry Tree Café than on a mountain switchback road. Some predictable and yet, still with the capacity to surprise and others that were totally unexpected.
Every single one of Ms. Swain’s characters is sharply defined, and so true to life they could be one of your own friends that you meet up with regularly. In fact when I finished The Cherry Tree Café, that’s just how I felt – that I was leaving new friends behind, but also knew I can revisit them any time I wanted, and yes, The Cherry Tree café is one of those ‘go to’ reads for me.
The settings are varied and so real this reader felt as though she was walking beside Lizzie as the story progressed. The authenticity of the activities and professional occupations of her characters added more depth to an already impressive read.
For readers who do not usually choose story written in the first person, this reader would ask you not to dismiss The Cherry Tree café out of hand.
Ms Swain has become one of my ‘go to’ authors, and I am delighted to know there are three more of her books to enjoy.
If you enjoy a well written, emotion-packed, story, with strong characters, great settings, and a complex plot, then I recommend you give The Cherry Tree serious consideration.
As I read through the novel I was, at times, infuriated by Lizzie. She is written beautifully though, as a 'real' person who makes mistakes and doesn't always choose the best course of action for herself (several times I thought, what are you playing at Lizzie?) but she is likeable and engaging and I really rooted for her throughout. The relationships explored aren't just romantic as we see Lizzie dealing with friends old and new, her difficult mother and a livewire god-daughter.
There is a happy ending, of course, but the true sense of Lizzie's story was her journey of self-discovery and the love story is just one strand of this. I was left wondering what would happeneto her next, which is always the sign of good writing for me. Happily I was able to move on to Summer at Skylark Farm where we revisit Wynbridge and a new heroine discovers the Cherry Tree Café.