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Coffee and Cake at Wildflower Lock

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I think this is a lovely story, and a great continuation of Daisy's story. I couldn't put it down, this was a perfect mix of romance and wonderful friendships. I loved the setting so much and was instantly rooting for Daisy and Theo to notice just how good they were together. I am so happy to hear that there will be another book in this beautiful series. #coffeeandcakeatwildflowerlock #hannahlynn #romance #goodreads

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In this delightful narrative, we follow Daisy, our heroine, as she prepares to launch a small coffee shop on her narrowboat moored at Wildflower Lock. As expected, smooth sailing isn’t on the agenda – Daisy seems to have an unfortunate streak of luck. Fortunately, she’s surrounded by a supportive circle, including her mom, two best friends, and the charming Theo from the neighboring boat. The plot thickens when a new man enters her life, raising questions about whether he’ll be a helpful ally or a disruptive force. To uncover the outcome, you’ll have to give it a read.

The book offers a heartwarming tale set in a charming environment, providing ample room for mishaps, mayhem, and, of course, romance. The author’s approachable writing style makes it an easy and engaging read, perfect for those moments when you want to unwind. While I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for Daisy, given her seemingly endless string of misfortune, I also wished she would take more control of her life and decisions. “Toughen up, Daisy; you’re capable of more than you think.”

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable romantic story with an endearing setting, delightful characters, and an entertaining plot that kept me hooked until the end. Readers familiar with the first book will likely be eager to catch up on Daisy’s latest adventures aboard the September Rose. For newcomers it serves as a compelling introduction, sparking curiosity about Daisy’s journey leading up to this point and what lies ahead.

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I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read the first book in this series (New Beginnings at Wildflower Lock), I hadn’t even realised that there was a preceding book until after I had volunteered for the tour. From what I’ve gleaned about what must have happened in that book from this one, it sounds like something I should read! However, the fact that I haven’t read the first book didn’t spoil my understanding or enjoyment of this one, it just made me feel like I’d missed out!

In this book, we find our heroine, Daisy, about to embark on opening a tiny coffee shop on her narrowboat moored at Wildflower Lock. Of course, things don’t go smoothly, if they did it would be a very short story but Daisy does indeed seem particularly unlucky, I have to say. It’s lucky she has people around to help her, particularly her mum, her two best friends and the handsome Theo who lives on the neighbouring boat. Across the course of the book, a new man enters her life as a further helpmate, or is he going to throw a spanner in the works? Read it and find out.

This book is a really sweet story with a cute setting and plenty of scope for mishaps and mayhem, as well as romance. The author’s writing style is very approachable and easy to read so the book was something you can pick up in an idle moment and soon immerse yourself in if you are just wanting to relax. Although I felt quite sorry for Daisy – she does seem to have absolutely the worst luck – she was also slightly helpless and I wished she would take a bit more control of her life and stop needed other people to tell her what to do. Toughen up, Daisy, you’re capable of more than you think.

Overall, I enjoyed this book as a cute romance with an appealing setting, some charming characters and a fun plot that kept me wanting to read on until the end. I’m sure anyone who has read the first book will be eager to read how Daisy is getting on in her new life on the September Rose and they won’t be disappointed. Readers new to the series like me will be encouraged to go back to the beginning and find out how Daisy ended up where she is and then what will happen next. Definitely a series to add to the collection for lovers of light romantic fiction.

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I wanted to read this book because I used to live on a narrowboat. I loved life afloat and reading Coffee and Cake at Wildflower Lock made me really nostalgic for my boating days. Hats off to Hannah Lynn for really capturing what life on a boat is like. I had quite a few unfortunate mishaps of my own in my early days on board my boat, Aurora.

I always love novels about women launching businesses or tackling creative projects, and this coupled with the boat made this novel ideal for me. Add to that a character who I can really relate to – she’s the sort of woman I’d like as a friend – and a dash of romance and you have the perfect combo.

Hannah Lynn is a new author to me, and the acid test when I read any book by a new author is this: will the book have me adding her backlist to my TBR pile? The answer here is yes, absolutely!

The only thing I would say was that I should probably have New Beginnings at Wildflower Lock first, but I’m off to read it now!

Thank you to the author, NEtGalley, Rachel's Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the ARC.

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So this is the second book at the Wildflower Lock, I haven't read the first one but I didn't find that was an issue, I got a pretty good rundown of need-to-know information from it within the first four chapters. This is a really easy-to-read book, it's written well and pretty quick to read, I just about read it in a day bar 4 chapters. Hannah Lynn really made it easy to picture Daisy and her boat, which sounds beautiful by the way, in fact, she described all the characters so vividly that I could close my eyes and see them and whatever situation they were in. Both of Daisy's love interests were charming, Theo seemed like a genuinely nice bloke but I have to say I was suspicious of Christian. He seemed to have all the solutions for Daisy's problems but I didn't understand why he was helping her, someone he barely knew, plus he threw his money around a lot and something just felt off about him.
I loved the idea of the canal boat cafe, it sounds exactly like the kind of place I'd gravitate towards if I were walking down the canal and saw it.
But if I'm honest I didn't like Daisy, I regularly found her irritating with regard to the two men she went back and forth between them constantly flip-flopping and while I get that is the major plot of the book I just didn't like it.
Having said that Hannah Lynn's writing style is enjoyable so I think ill try one of her other books at some point this year.

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That's it, decision made, I want to live on a houseboat. Wildflower Lock sounds absolutely gorgeous and it turns out the eye candy's not too bad either!

Carrying seamlessly on from where we left Daisy in New Beginnings, it was like we'd never been away and I quickly found myself reinvested into Daisy and the residents of the lock.

The book has a brilliant cast of characters, they're friendly, relatable and I love their dynamic together.

Coffee and Cake at Wildflower Lock is a light hearted romance that's highly enjoyable and an absolute delight to devour, alongside a coffee and a cake...you have to keep it authentic, right?

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Coffee and Cake at Wildflower Lock by Hannah M. Lynn

I received an advance review copy for free thanks to Rachel's Random Resources and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Blurb

Daisy May is embarking on a new chapter of her life as a permanent resident at the idyllic Wildflower Lock. Determined to seize this second chance she's been granted, Daisy is putting her all into making her new business venture a success. As her friendship with Theo grows ever stronger, her happily ever after seems within reach.

However, life isn't always smooth sailing. When a string of unfortunate mishaps and an unruly stag party leaves Daisy’s finances in dire straits, she starts to question her decision to launch a coffee shop. But just when she's nearly lost hope, the mysterious and generous Christian enters her life. Astute and eager to assist Daisy, he proposes a solution that could be the answer to all her problems...or will it be the beginning of even more challenges.

My Opinion

Two of my favourite things are coffee and cake so this book really appealed to me, of course it helps that it has a stunning cover. The first book in this series is on my want to read list, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet and whilst I know that I have missed out on some of the background I had no issues with following the lovely story.

Daisy has put a lot of time and money into making house boat somewhere she can live. Now she is ready to be a permanent resident of Wildflower Lock and open her coffee shop for the visitors. However, not everything is going to go as Daisy has planned. For me this was a well-written, addictive story. Every time I considered putting the book down something else happened to keep me reading.

I have read a few books by Hannah M. Lynn now, and each one has been a lovely read. I am already looking forward to reading more of her writing, including the first book in this series. Daisy is such a relatable character that this book is well worth reading. What are you waiting for?

Rating 4/5

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So good to return to Wildflower Lock once more
And see what Daisy May now has in store.
Starting a café selling coffee and cake
So good that her Mum is happy to bake!

When fate throws a series of spanners her way,
Daisy starts wondering how she'll pay.
A chance purchase of her art brings unexpected ideas
But who will she choose when her confusion clears?

A story of overcoming obstacles to follow your dreams,
And being aware that maybe not all is as it seems.
With two men vying for her to agree to romance
Who will she choose to give more than a chance?

With disasters, damage and soaring costs,
Daisy May worries that all will be lost.
The setting, the community and surprises, too,
Make this an enthralling read I highly recommend to you!

For my complementary copy, I say thank you,
As I share with you this, my honest review.

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It's only fairly recently that I discovered Hannah and her amazing books. I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the 'Wildflower Lock' series, which is called 'New Beginnings At Wildflower Lock' and was released in July 2023. When I heard that Hannah was due to release another book in the series, I knew that I had to grab a copy and read it at the earliest opportunity. Well ladies and gents the wait is over because the second book in the 'Wildflower Lock' is called 'Coffee & Cake At Wildflower Lock' and it was released on 22nd January 2024. It's another cracker of a read, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading but more about that in a bit.

As soon as I started reading 'Coffee & Cake At Wildflower Lock', I realised two things - firstly that I wouldn't be doing anything other than reading for the rest of the afternoon and secondly that I was reading something special. I must be psychic because I was spot on with both predictions. I started reading and didn't stop for a good couple of hours. My Kindle wasn't exactly glued to my hands but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn't bear to miss a single second of the story. Part of the reason why I enjoyed the story so much has to do with the main character of Daisy May, who ended up feeling more like a friend rather than a character in a book. I had to keep reading to see if the story panned out in the way in which I thought it would and how that would impact Daisy May. This was one of those books that proved to be seriously addictive and I was like an addict in need of their next 'fix'. I became so wrapped up in the story and in the lives of the different characters that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the book. All too quickly I reached the end of 'Coffee & Cake At Wildflower Lock' and I had to say goodbye to Daisy and the other characters. I found 'Coffee & Cake At Wildflower Lock' to be a delight to read from start to finish. The story was fun, uplifting and ultimately heart warming. 

'Coffee & Cake At Wildflower Lock' is superbly written and then some. Hannah has an easy going writing style that reads more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. I hope that makes sense. Hannah's love for her characters shines through in the very vivid and realistic way in which Hannah describes them. She makes her characters seem just as real as you and I. As I mentioned earlier, Daisy May ended up feeling more like a friend rather than a character in a book. I love the way in which Hannah makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action. That's how I felt anyway.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Coffee & Cake At Wildflower Lock' and I would recommend it to other readers. I hope to read much more of Hannah's work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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The second novel in the Wildflower Lock series, Coffee and Cake at Wildflower Lock, follows the charming and suspenseful love story between Daisy and Theo.

Daisy has settled into the refurbished houseboat that her father left her and opened a coffee shop for towpath walkers. However, a terrible incident throws her plans off course and leaves her uncertain of what to do next.

This delightful sequel had me hooked from the start and is a great choice for a light read.

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I loved the title of this book and hoped it would as good as it sounded. In fact, it was amazing. A lovely, cosy read for those winter nights. Thank you for the ARC.

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I adored the setting of this book, a boat on the canal. It is the second book in the series and can be read as standalone. However, I wish I had read book one first as it would have given me more insight into what Daisy was dealing with and the start of her friendship with Theo.

I really did feel for Daisy as no sooner than she thought everything was going well something else happened.

I enjoyed the relationship between Daisy and Theo and hoped for a good outcome, however, when Christian came on the scene I wasn't so sure. I liked Theo and Christian seemed OK, but a bit too good to be true. I had high hopes that Daisy would chose the right man for her.

I enjoyed the other characters, especially the intriguing relationship between Pippa and Nicholas. I feel there is more to come with this storyline. I also enjoyed the interaction between Daisy and her friends.

I was disappointed at the ending but I guess that means there will be book 3, I certainly hope so.

Thank you Netgalley and Boldwood Books for my ARC to review and to Rachels Random Resources for my spot on the tour. I am leaving this honest review voluntarily.

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I must say I was drawn to this book not just because I enjoy this author but I enjoy anything that is food related. And so I began to read this one and found it quite delightful and enjoyed it so much I just couldn't put it down and had it finished before I knew it.

Daisy and Theo charmed me yet again and I love their characterisations, their personalities. This book is a bit more about Daisy but that is alright. A good story with romance, friendship which is warm and cosy and has a great setting which I could picture in my mind.

A fun book, light and easy to read and one the I enjoyed.

Thank you NetGalley and Boldwood Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Daisy May is a woman who has recently started a new life living on a boat at Wildflower Lock. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she has lost her job and is now trying to establish a new business to serve coffee from a hatch on her boat to earn money to support herself. Her neighbour Theo is a kind-hearted man who is helping her as much as he can with her plan.

This uplifting romance follows Daisy's journey as she tries establishing her coffee shop on her boat. Daisy is a determined, hardworking woman who is passionate about her business plan. She has faced many challenges on her journey, including a disastrous night that threatened to ruin her business before it had even started. But she didn't give up, and with the help of her friend Theo, she managed to get back on her feet and continue pursuing her dream.

When a mysterious stranger enters her life and offers possible solutions to her problems, Daisy is torn between a friendship and a new love. She is hesitant to pursue a new relationship as she doesn't want it to interfere with her business plans. However, she soon realizes the stranger might be the key to her success.

This romance is filled with romantic moments, with a few cringy moments as Daisy tries to navigate her love life. Despite the challenges she faces, Daisy remains optimistic and determined to succeed. The idea of the coffee shop on her boat is charming, and the setting sounds beautiful. The story paints a vivid picture of a peaceful and idyllic life on a ship on the river.

Both love interest characters are equally charming in their own way, making it a problematic choice for Daisy. One is a mysterious stranger who seems to hold the key to her business success, while the other is her long-time friend and neighbour, Theo, who has been there for her through thick and thin. Daisy's dilemma is relatable, and readers will root for her as she navigates her business and love life.

Overall, it's an uplifting, heartwarming romance showcasing the power of determination, friendship, and love.

#theboldbookclub #boldwoodbloggers #rararesources #coffeadcakatwildflowerlock

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Daisy May has renovated the houseboat she inherited from her father, and with the help of her neighbour Theo, has converted it into a takeaway coffee shop. There is chemistry between Daisy and Theo, but Daisy keeps him at arms distance, afraid of getting hurt. Instead she throws herself into her shop and her art.

After a run of terrible luck, Daisy worries she is going to lose the shop, but a chance encounter with a customer interested in her art leads her on a whirlwind marketing tour with the aims of raising funds for repairs, and promoting both her art and her coffee.... and of falling in love.

This was book 2 in a series (I seem to be making a habit of picking up book 2 and beyond!), but it does work as a standalone novel. Some of the backstory - with Daisy's mum for example - I guess are explained in Book 1, but while they do leave a few questions hanging, they're not crucial to the main story. Similarly, I presume some of the details about the boat itself are mentioned in Book 1 - I did lose myself to a few google rabbit holes about houseboats and canals when I started the book, to familiarise myself with the setting. :)

Coffee and Cake on the Wildflower Lock was a nice little romcom-style book, full of sliding doors moments and coulda/shoulda/woulda moments of misunderstanding. The romance in this book is sweet/closed door romance. I did find Daisy as a character frustrating in her stubbornness and Christian a bit over-the-top a caricature of a rich single man, and overall I would have liked more detail/interactions with the side characters and dramatic events.

It was well written and the author used her words to paint a beautiful picture of the lock and canal. I *LOVED* the setting of the canal and the additional challenges that living on the water would provide.

Overall., though, it was a nice, quick read.

~ Many thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review~

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Thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

It follows the story of Daisy, who has started to live on her boat which is moored at Wildflower Lock.

Starting a new business to serve coffee from from a hatch on her boat in order to earn some money as, now she’ doesn’t have a job. Her neighbour Theo helps her as much as he can in order for her to do this.

But, after one bad night, things change and it looks like her new business is almost over before it’s started.

Daisy is presented with a way to make her business get off its feet by a stranger who comes to her boat.

So, will Daisy be able to carry on with her plans to open the coffee shop and decide who she loves between the stranger and Theo?

I highly recommend this book.

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It was a real treat to be back at Wildflower Lock, catching up with the lovely characters that I was introduced to in the first book of the series. Having ended on something of a cliffhanger, I was eager to discover if Daisy May had a future with the lovely Theo. That question is answered from early on as we learn about Daisy’s insistence on allowing time to play a part.
Just as Daisy May’s future seemed set, a series of unfortunate events occur and throw a literal stick in her spokes. Ok, a big stick, but I’m sure you’ll get the analogy once you read it. The negative feelings and despair are totally understandable, and I found myself rooting for a stroke of good luck.
Hannah Lynn managed to create a sense of drama without losing the lightness of the story. For each element of her despair, there was a perfect solution that brought her to rely on the kindness of friends and strangers.
The synopsis mentions Christian, who brings support at a more superficial level. Of course, it’s easy to see the attraction of a handsome man who is happy to throw money at seemingly hopeless situations. He certainly helps to show Daisy that she has talent by the boatload – excuse the pun – and has access to an incredibly loyal support group.
This book is definitely part of a series, and I would recommend starting at the beginning. Whilst Coffee and Cake offers recaps, a lot would be lost of the dynamics of Daisy’s friends and family. I thoroughly enjoyed escaping to Wildflower Lock and can highly recommend a visit. You may also struggle to guess where Daisy’s happy ever after may lie, but be prepared for another cliffhanger ending…

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Daisy has decided to move into her canal barge and set up a coffee shop, Theo helps with this but once it opens things start going wrong. Someone comes along who offers to help, leaving Daisy in a quandary.
I actually had the chance of reading this second book in the series before I'd read the first one, which was languishing in my TBR list. I decided to read that first, which I would highly recommend as although there is a brief recap of the first book at the start of this you miss the full details and also a book that I really enjoyed. The trials and tribulations that Daisy has to go through once the coffee shop opens would be enough to stress anyone out, made worse by the introduction of a new character who makes her question her feelings for Theo. Overall I'd give this 4.5* against the full 5 for the first one, but that's because the emphasis is more on the romance than the canal setting itself and is still well worth reading. The only downside is that this ends again in a cliffhanger, but then again it means that I'm really looking forward to the next one.
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley, however this did not influence my review of the book.

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I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first, seemed a bit drawn out and then rushed at the end, I am sure there will be a third, I wasn't sure I liked Daisy as much in this book, nothing was ever hear fault and she seemed to think everyone was there to do her bidding, the other characters seemed the same as before, overall an easy read with not too much to task the brain.

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Overall a cute story. The charm of Wildflower Lock and its way of life is heartwarming and cozy. It just pulls you in and you want to know more. I love the world building that was created around boat life and Wildflower Lock.

I did not really connect with Daisy well at all personally, I found she was self absorbed. I enjoyed following her business adventure and the drama around the other locals at the lock. The end felt a little open to interpretation to me.

Thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the ARC.

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