Autumn Spice on Sunflower Street by Rachel Griffiths #BookReview #CosyCottageBooks #5*

This autumn, enjoy an uplifting story about life, love, family and friendship from the author of The Cosy Cottage Café series.

Joanne Baker often feels like she’s drifting through life.

She’s thirty-two, works at the local café and still lives with her parents. She tells people it’s because she’s saving for a mortgage deposit, but the real reason she hasn’t moved out is something she doesn’t want to admit to anyone…

Until she faces up to the maxed-out credit cards, never worn clothes and impractical shoes still in their boxes, she can’t even begin to think about saving. She needs help, and when her friends Roxie and Lila find out the truth, they offer their support.

As autumn arrives on Sunflower Street, bringing cold crisp days and cosy nights, Joanne feels the pressure of Christmas and New Year on the horizon. She needs to sort her life out before another year passes by. It doesn’t help that her perfect older sister has her life completely together with her perfect career, perfect husband and perfect children.

Making changes can be difficult, but it’s not impossible, and when Joanne puts her trust in those around her, she learns that the perfect life is an illusion, and that everyone has their own struggles along the way.

Taking the first step in the right direction is daunting, but having loving friends and family in her corner, means that Joanne has the opportunity to make a fresh start.

Sunflower Street series

Book 1 – Spring Shoots on Sunflower Street

Book 2 – Summer Days on Sunflower Street

Book 3 – Autumn Spice on Sunflower Street

Heart-Warming, Feel-Good Read!

Another fabulous story in this gorgeously warm series!

Joanne is thirty two, and feels like a failure in comparison to her career-driven sister who is the perfect wife, mother and daughter. Joanne still lives with her parents under the guise of saving to buy her own place, but that’s far from the truth; she has massive debts which she is hiding and is too terrified to own up to any of it – not to her mum and dad, not to her friends and definitely not to her sister and smug brother-in-law. But she knows deep down that she need to make changes – can she take that final step?

I always know that I’m guaranteed a great read when I have one Rachel Griffiths’ books on my list, and this one fully lived up to my expectations. Joanne is a flawed character, easy to identify with – after all, who among us lives the perfect life? This is a heart-warming, feel-good read both beautifully written and skilfully crafted; before I was really aware of it I was completely drawn into story, keeping my attention glued to the pages until I finished it in the early hours – I couldn’t put it down! Such a terrific read from a series of stand-alone books, each absolutely delightful in it’s own way. How lovely would it be to have Sunflower Street as your address? It would make me smile every time I got there! Another sure-fire winner from this author and totally worth all five sparkling stars.

My thanks to the author for my copy (I also bought one on publication day); this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s fiction

Rachel Griffiths is an author, wife, mother, Earl Grey tea drinker, gin enthusiast, dog walker and fan of the afternoon nap. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family.

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