Summer Loves (Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café, Book 2)

Summer Loves (Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café, Book 2)

by Georgia Hill

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ISBN-13: 9780008211073
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/02/2017
Series: Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café , #2
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 696,269
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Georgia Hill writes rom-coms and historical fiction and is published by Harper Impulse, the digital-first imprint of HarperCollins.

She divides her time between the beautiful counties of Herefordshire and Devon and lives with her two beloved spaniels, a husband (also beloved) and a ghost called Zoe. She loves Jane Austen, eats far too much Belgian chocolate and has a passion for Strictly Come Dancing.

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Summer Loves (Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café, Book 2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A story told in four points of view, there are two romances winding their way through a story that focuses on a local play as a means to raise money. Newly returned residents of town, Mike and Dora, have left successful Hollywood careers to return home. There is a past between them, not always a happy one, and their story unfolds as they learn to work together in this new dynamic. Mike is the director and a bit difficult - as all are – because he sees the success of the production as a feather in his cap: raise money to refurbish the town’s theatre and whip a bunch of amateurs into shape. All will look good on his resume. Dora, returning afer a cancelled series is good friends with Millia, and not entirely certain she wants to work with Mike again for several reasons, but she makes it difficult to empathize with her at first: pulling Diva-like stunts, often to the chagrin and dismay of her friend Millie. But, all is not lost for Millie: she’s still stuck in to making her café a success, and while she’s thrilled to have her friend back, two things are weighing on her. There’s competition and her shop is truly past needing a makeover: but she is cash poor and work heavy. Add to that her continued concerns about her new maybe-love relationship with Jed, and her worries about his trustworthiness. With Dora about and needing friendly chatter and distraction, she’s completely focused on her work and can’t seem to find a way to make time for herself. Her moments with Jed, especially to work /move forward on their relationship, and to settle her own concerns about him seriously take a back seat to the drama surrounding the production and her friend Dora’s own situation. This was fun and clever with plenty of moments where it was easy to picture (or almost taste) the scene. The town comes alive with vivid descriptions and the addition of just about anything you might find in a small British town: a theatre, cafés, tea, Austen references and plenty of ambience. Food is also a character: Millie’s first love is baking and her creations are mentioned and described well enough to taste. While we see the gradual reforming of a relationship with Dora and her childhood first love Mike, we also get a taste of Millie and Jed’s relationship, but each falls into the background as the play, and all the issues that would arise with the production, including the fallout to the other characters takes the main stage. I’ve purchased the first and hope to read it soon, to discover Millie and Jed’s start: and can’t wait for the next. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "Right pair, aren't we?" Stars! I really enjoyed the first novella in the Millie Vanilla Cupcake Café series, so it was great to go back to the seaside town of Berecombe and have a Summer catch up with some of them. You could probably read this installment without getting confused too much about who was who, but I would recommend that you read the first novella if you can, as it gives you the beginnings of Jed and Millie’s relationship, and also gives the reasonings as to why it is at the stage it is in this novella. "I’d forgotten how good snogging in a car could be." But this novella also focuses on newly returned residents Dora and Mike, the former from a successful acting career in the U.S, and the latter a successful directing career in the theatre. This is a couple with a past, and that is bought firmly to the fore when they find themselves involved with a production of Persuasion being bought to the towns run-down theatre. Mike as director is trying to bring some money into the theatre for desperately needed repairs, Dora for the same reason, but also to keep busy. "There’s something about you that makes me behave in a very ungentlemanly fashion." I took a while to warm to Dora to be honest, she was a bit of a self-entitled cow at the beginning, but once the author gives you a little more insight into the past relationship between her and Mike, you can understand why she’s a tad prickly around him. "You don’t have a bad side… Never did." The four POVs from Millie, Jed, Mike and Dora, keep the story moving along and it’s essentially two stories running concurrently. I am a little frustrated with the Millie and Jed side of the equation, and hope that the author, gives them a little more page time and a chance to work things out in the final novella; Christmas Weddings due for release in September.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe in Berecombe is still open, but she has some serious competition and it isn't easy to keep her business afloat. Her cafe needs a makeover, but Millie doesn't have any funds. She took over the business after the death of her parents and has been running it ever since. When she met Jed she thought she'd met the love of her life, but she isn't sure if she can trust him. What will she do when he's back in her life once more? Dora finally has the chance to stay in her hometown for a while and is spending as much time as she can with her friend Millie. Dora's childhood sweetheart Mikey is visiting Berecombe as well. Mikey is a director and he's working on a theater show. Dora is a famous actress. She's on a break and auditions for Mikey's play. What will happen when they're back into each other's lives? Will they be able to forget the heartbreak of the past? Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe is a wonderful place to read about. Millie is kind, generous and talented and I loved reading about her life. Baking is her passion and I could easily picture her delicious creations. However, something is missing. Millie only works and has no time for herself. I kept hoping she'd find her spark back and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out what would happen between her and Jed. She deserves a chance at happiness more than anyone. Dora is an actress and in some ways she's spoiled. She's made a name for herself in America, but circumstances have brought her back to her hometown for a while. I liked reading about Millie's interesting friend a lot. They have a close connection and it was fun to find out more about their high school years. Mikey is Dora's true love, but so much has happened between them. It's a lot easier to reconnect with friends than with an old lover, but Dora certainly tries to mend fences. I admired her spirit and enjoyed reading about her adventures very much. Georgia Hill has chosen a great setting for her story. I love Berecombe and its inhabitants. Her vivid descriptions are making the place come to life incredibly well. It's a fun setting and I enjoyed reading about it again. Summer Loves has all the right ingredients for a sunny story, good weather, charm, cheerfulness, love, friendship and delicious food. I really liked this second Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe story and can't wait to read more about this fabulous setting and main character.