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The descriptions of the countryside and the mouth-watering recipes were highlights of the book. Langdon has a talent for painting vivid pictures with her words, making it easy to visualize the picturesque setting and the delicious dishes Kate prepares. These aspects added a cozy and comforting element to the narrative.

On the downside, I found the plot to be somewhat predictable. The storyline followed a familiar pattern of self-discovery and romance, which, while comforting, didn't offer many surprises. The romantic subplot felt a bit rushed, and I didn't feel as invested in the love interest as I hoped to be. There were moments when the pacing seemed uneven, with certain parts dragging on and others feeling too hurried.

Langdon's writing style is engaging and easy to read, which kept me turning the pages. Despite the predictability, there were heartfelt moments and bits of humor that I appreciated. The themes of family, community, and finding one's true passion were nicely woven into the narrative, giving it some emotional depth.

Overall, "Escape to the Country Kitchen" is a pleasant read, especially if you enjoy stories set in charming rural settings with a focus on food and community. While it didn't completely captivate me, it was a comforting and enjoyable escape. If you're looking for a light, feel-good read, this book might just be what you need.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Storm Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you so much!

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A cutesy, atmospheric read. I enjoyed the talk of food and wine pairings. The writing style was not my favorite, it was overly detailed and hard to follow sometimes. The characters were not very likable, except for Aunt Sylvia and Leo. The FMC, Juliet, was very immature for her age. I found her to be annoying and her inner dialogue was tiresome. Her relationship with her mother was sad. I found it cringey how oblivious her father seemed to have been about it. Her meddling sisters were frustrating. Leo was kind and compassionate. There was good chemistry between Leo and Juliet.
It was predictable and will not leave a lasting impression on me.
I’d recommend this if you want a quick, easy romance book.

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This was a nice easy-to-read romance novel. It centres around Juliet Carlisle one of three sisters at Feywood Manor. While we get glimpses at Martha & Frankie, Juliet's sisters, it is clear they have their own stories which I'm sure will be just as nice to read.
Juliet returns home to Feywood, leaving behind a very different life in London. The question is, can she build a life here or will the lure of the city and her ex Toby see her return to the city?

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Really sweet book...I sometimes don't like British slangs and such but it really didn't bother me in this book. The relationships between the sisters is really endearing and the romance was so sweet. I enjoyed this book and would recommend!

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Thank you Netgalley and Storm Publishing for the ARC of this book. This was an honest review.

A cozy and atmospheric English countryside backdrop set in an enemies-to-lovers romance really captured my attention. Don't read this book if you're hungry. There were several mouth-watering descriptions of the food. Her struggles with her mother and an ex-boyfriend and wanting to make a new start made Juliet a relatable heroine. Though it was crumbling around them, I was intrigued by the mansion and cooking school. Aunt Sylvia was one of my favorites. It seemed like she was a motherly figure. I also found the French chef to be very endearing. My heart was warmed by this endearing story.

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DNF at 12%
I really wanted to like this, and I tried to read more chapters, but at some point, to be honest, I had difficulty reading further. I liked the idea of the book and it had some good potential of a charming story. I liked the setting and the idea of where the book was heading towards, the bond between the sisters, but, the writing felt a bit forced and off compared with the characters, and because of that, I couldn't connect with the characters and they didn't feel like they could be real people if that makes sense. The other reason why I stopped reading, is that how Juliet reacted so coldly and snarky to her mother's death was too much for me. I can imagine that Juliet went through a lot in her relationship with her mom, and I'm not sure if in later chapters, more is being revealed or anything changes, but it just didn't sit well with me and I began to find her an unlikeable character to read. If you don't mind that some things are sometimes pretty hardly put into words and that the writing is a bit forced, I can imagine that won't be a problem and you can like this book and be more comfortable reading it than I did. But for me, It made me too uncomfortable to read further. As I haven't read more, I can't say that much more about the book, but, I hope that other readers will like this better :)

˚ ༘♡ ⋆。˚ I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and author, for providing me with this arc in exchange for an honest review. ˚ ༘♡ ⋆

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3.5 stars "Escape to the Country Kitchen" by Hannah Langdon is a heartwarming story about Juliet, who returns to her family home in the countryside. She faces the challenges of dealing with family legacies, healing from a traumatic romantic breakup, and navigating ongoing family drama before she can move forward in life.

One of the best parts of this book is the setting, which sounds absolutely charming. The idea of a cooking school adds a delightful touch to the story. The characters are well-developed and realistic, each with their own distinct personalities.

However, some parts of the dialogue didn’t feel quite right to me, and there were moments of miscommunication in one of the key relationships that I found frustrating. While these elements were realistically portrayed, they are not my favorite plot devices.

Overall, "Escape to the Country Kitchen" is an enjoyable read with a lovely setting and interesting characters. Despite some issues with dialogue and miscommunication, it’s a good choice for readers who love stories about family, healing, and new beginnings.

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Easy read for the beach or pool. Nothing to shout home about but enjoyable. Thank you netegalley for the advance copy

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This was such an easy, fun read!

From the start, I related to Juliet in so many different aspects and I didn't like being called out in some of them😂

Juliet and Leo were good characters in themselves but I think their "love story" could've been more. I liked the side characters (her sisters and aunt mainly), I liked the settings, and the premise was very promising, but I felt like it was a bit drawn out and then the end more abrupt with lots of loose ends.
I enjoyed the authors writing style and will probably read some more of her books.

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Thank you NetGalley and Storm Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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I absolutely loved this book and delighted to find out that it is part of a new series.
Sisters gather at their family home when they learn that there is financial difficulty and they all need to pull together. They are all artists and have artistic temperaments and sometimes clash and sometimes disappear into artistic bubbles.
The aunt is setting up a cookery school and it is wonderful to see the preparations for the opening and the delicious food they are preparing and the kitchen gardens which needs to be photographed for a book.
I loved the way that all their lives entwined and wondering whether they will save the house and fulfil their own working lives. I loved the setting, the food that I could picture, smell and taste alongside them. I loved everything about it!

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Easy to read for a summer holiday. I felt that it finished a little abruptly but even so I enjoyed this book. Recommended.

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Although the title suggests an escapist, uplifting story, it has some dark relationships and some unlikeable characters. Juliet returns to her family home for a celebration. Her family needs her to stay and help rejuvenate the ancestral family home with her artistic skills and money. Her aunt Sylvia is and has always been a positive and supportive force in her life, and it is mainly for her that Juliet agrees. Leo is the resident chef at the new country kitchen weekend courses. He is running from his past, which makes for a complex relationship with Juliet, who is also escaping her past. I liked the setting and the gradual building of trust between Juliet and Leo.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

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Three sisters coming together with the agenda of saving their family home. Juliet returning from London with an almost broken heart and the other two with relationship issues of their own. Their AuntSylvia with the French chef (handsome and clever) have come up with their own ideas of cookery weekends, cookery school and a cookbook to boost funds. Everyone is expected to chip in, in whatever way possible.

Romance is in the air and mishaps are on the way but it all ends well. A light hearted read with mouth watering food mentioned here and there.

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I really wanted to like this book, the cover and premise were delightful - but this was a very slow read. The pacing was off and I didn't care for the 3rd person perspective. I will try another one of her books see if I like it better.

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After reading and thoroughly enjoying Langdon’s Christmas w the Lords, I was looking forward to this new book. Unfortunately, I am very disappointed. The only similarities between the two are that they’re set in beautiful English country homes and both couples have awful exes. Whereas Christmas with the Lords is filled with the funny antics of a loving, eccentric family with adorable young twins and heartwarming interactions among the characters, this story is draining. Both Leo Brodeur and Juliet Carlisle have truly vicious, manipulative exes, but they allow them to continue to sow self-doubt to the point that they can’t trust their feelings for each other. The Carlisle family put the D in dysfunction, and the amount of secrecy and miscommunication is over the top. Although it’s a closed-door romance, there was no chemistry between Leo and Juliet. Juliet was exceedingly immature for a 30-year- old and quick to jump to unflattering and unfounded conclusions about Leo. I didn’t care for the third person POV, and the dialogue was often cringeworthy. Not recommended.

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This book ended too soon. Leo and Juliet were such believable characters. Sylvia, Rousseau, Martha and Frankie were also a huge part of the wonderful tapestry. A truly joyous book to read!!

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This book is the first in a series about 3 sisters who live in Feywood, a county house in need of repair. Juliet is the main character in this book which focuses on her return to Feywood. She returns to try to help her family to raise money to make much needed repairs. Juliet has been badly scarred by her late mother's criticism over the years and also as a result of a toxic relationship. This is a feel good book that shows Juliet learning to love herself again.

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I had high expectations for "Escape to the Country Kitchen," but unfortunately, they were not met. Here’s why:

Beginning: The story started off very slowly, to the point where I had to force myself to continue reading.

Third-Person POV: The third-person point of view was executed poorly. The characters lacked distinct voices and felt flat.

Writing Style: The writing was too formal, making it difficult for me to connect with the characters and the story.

Character Relationships: The relationship between the main characters (MMC and FMC) lacked development and chemistry. They went from passive dislike to intimate moments without any build-up, making their interactions feel abrupt and unrealistic.

Story Development: Even after reading almost half the book, the story felt underdeveloped.

Ending: The ending was so abrupt that I had to re-read it multiple times, and I still didn’t understand it.

Overall, while the premise had potential, the execution fell short for me.

Thank you Netgalley and Storm Publishing for a copy of this arc.

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a wonderful, heartwarming book. I enjoyed it a lot!

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This book wasn't exactly what I expected. I liked it, but it felt like it was missing something for me to say that I loved it. I can see the patrons at my library really enjoying this book though, so I will recommend it for circulation.

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