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The perfect recipe for happiness? Connie has had enough. Enough of the city, enough of her job – and most importantly, enough of her cheating boyfriend! So, when her best friend jets off to sunny Australia for six months and calls on Connie to house and dog-sit, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Finally free to chase her dreams, Connie sets up her very own Cotswolds Cook The perfect recipe for happiness? Connie has had enough. Enough of the city, enough of her job – and most importantly, enough of her cheating boyfriend! So, when her best friend jets off to sunny Australia for six months and calls on Connie to house and dog-sit, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Finally free to chase her dreams, Connie sets up her very own Cotswolds Cookery Club – a place to share scrumptious recipes and, more importantly, a lot of wine! Cue Melody, Kate and Eleanor, three very different women who Connie realises are all in need of a recipe for happiness… But with two gorgeous men turning up the heat, Connie may have just ended up with a recipe for disaster! Fans of Milly Johnson, Caroline Roberts and Jill Mansell will love this heartwarming read!


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The perfect recipe for happiness? Connie has had enough. Enough of the city, enough of her job – and most importantly, enough of her cheating boyfriend! So, when her best friend jets off to sunny Australia for six months and calls on Connie to house and dog-sit, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Finally free to chase her dreams, Connie sets up her very own Cotswolds Cook The perfect recipe for happiness? Connie has had enough. Enough of the city, enough of her job – and most importantly, enough of her cheating boyfriend! So, when her best friend jets off to sunny Australia for six months and calls on Connie to house and dog-sit, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Finally free to chase her dreams, Connie sets up her very own Cotswolds Cookery Club – a place to share scrumptious recipes and, more importantly, a lot of wine! Cue Melody, Kate and Eleanor, three very different women who Connie realises are all in need of a recipe for happiness… But with two gorgeous men turning up the heat, Connie may have just ended up with a recipe for disaster! Fans of Milly Johnson, Caroline Roberts and Jill Mansell will love this heartwarming read!

30 review for The Cotswolds Cookery Club: A Taste of Italy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    5☆ Scrumptious food, Fun, sexy, laugh out loud, Feel good read that kept me hooked. When Connie has finally had Enough of her cheating husband she decides enough is enough. So when Connie gets a call from her Best friend Anna to come to Little Biddington,(Cotswold), to house sit for her and look after Eric the adorable Greyhound while Anna jets off to Australia for 6months... how can Connie possibly refuse!! Connie at the moment is in a rutt. She doesn't believe in herself, she feels isolated and 5☆ Scrumptious food, Fun, sexy, laugh out loud, Feel good read that kept me hooked. When Connie has finally had Enough of her cheating husband she decides enough is enough. So when Connie gets a call from her Best friend Anna to come to Little Biddington,(Cotswold), to house sit for her and look after Eric the adorable Greyhound while Anna jets off to Australia for 6months... how can Connie possibly refuse!! Connie at the moment is in a rutt. She doesn't believe in herself, she feels isolated and alone. She is a self employed Proof reader, but her real passion and love is Cooking! She feels like time is running out for her to find real love and have a family. Her Mother doesn't help matters by constantly reminding her of her failures! So going to Anna's could really be the start of something special. She packs her bags and sets off..... on a journey of self discovery, making life long friends, sexy steamy encounters and lots of scrumptious Italian delights. When Connie first meets Eleanor who owns the Village shop she is the one who persuades her that the cookery club is a fab idea. She too is very passionate about food. But better still she has some members in mind. It's next we meet Kate the Village vet, who is on maternity leave. She is struggling with juggling being a mother to her children. She barely sees her husband and she has an Au Pair helping her out. Kate is desperate for grown up time. So the cookery club couldn't come at a better time. She comes across as very disorganised, a lil scatter brained but has a heart of gold! Then the last member is Melody. She intrigued me the most. She is very desperate to start a family with her new husband. The village committee does not accept her as they feel she is a gold digger out for what she can get. As she lives is a big house. Even though Melody would much rather live somewhere more normal. But Melody, is the sweetest, down to earth, sensitive young lady who is so desperate to make friends. So there we have an introduction to the Cookery Club. There are so so many wonderful characters. I loved each and everyone of the characters. I felt Alice has put so much love and thought into her characters I felt like they was my friends too and that I was part of the Cookery Club. Eric the dog he's rescue story just melted my heart and he's obsession with Melody' s dog. It was love at first sniff!! There is Max Templeton. The very sexy but crazy Porsche driver who nearly knocked Connie over. Who is the Mysterious Max and why is Connie so interested in him? Then there Is the very sexy young builder called Liam, who certainly has got Connie all hot and bothered. So much so... She spends a fair amount of time with her clothes off!! There is nothing at all I disliked about this book. The cover is simply divine! The characters are so relatable and fun. The story left me wanting more! Each recipie left my mouth watering and my Tummy grumbling! It really has everything! Lots of humour, fantastic friendships built, passionate and sexy encounters, gorgeous dogs (Always a winner for Me!), fun, addictive, Feel good, page Turner! The perfect feel good Summer Read!! A real story of learning to love life and yourself, that it's never too late to follow your passions and dreams. I'm very very excited for the second instalment to see what the Cookery Club has in store! I highly recommend this book!! Especially to readers who love Cooking, Chick Lit, Romance, Humour, Fun, Friendship. I received this book from the Publisher for free, in which I voluntarily reviewed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liina

    Connie's life isn't  going the way she would like it to go, she's enough of her cheating husband, her mother is constantly reminding her that she's not getting any younger and her job is very solitary. When her friend calls and offers Connie to house sit for six months, she happily agrees. Connie enjoys being in Cotswold and when she gets the idea to start a cookery club, local women are really supportive of the idea. For the start there are three other members in addition to Connie herself-vill Connie's life isn't  going the way she would like it to go, she's enough of her cheating husband, her mother is constantly reminding her that she's not getting any younger and her job is very solitary. When her friend calls and offers Connie to house sit for six months, she happily agrees. Connie enjoys being in Cotswold and when she gets the idea to start a cookery club, local women are really supportive of the idea. For the start there are three other members in addition to Connie herself-village shop owner Eleanor, local vet Kate and a housewife Melody. Their lives are quite different, but cooking and the cookery club unites them. In a new place for Connie, there certainly has to be someone special to make Connie's heart beat faster. Connie spends quite a lot of time with the young builder, but clearly it couldn't be more than just a hot fling, but there's this other man, who is very intriguing, a man called Max.  It's the first book in the series and it was wonderful, it's packed with interesting characters, delicious food and a great setting. There's great build up for the following installments and I'm very much looking forward to learn more about the characters, especially as it ended at a very interesting part. 

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Relatively short novella, that takes in the feel of the picturesque Cotswolds, two gorgeous men, 3 new friends and a whole lot of Italian cookery. What more could you want from a book called The Cotswolds Cookery Club: A Taste of Italy! Connie isn't really sure what she is doing with her life, so when her friend offers to let her housesit for six months while she is off to Australia, Connie jumps at the chance. On settling into the lovely Cotswolds house, she reawakens her love of cookery and de Relatively short novella, that takes in the feel of the picturesque Cotswolds, two gorgeous men, 3 new friends and a whole lot of Italian cookery. What more could you want from a book called The Cotswolds Cookery Club: A Taste of Italy! Connie isn't really sure what she is doing with her life, so when her friend offers to let her housesit for six months while she is off to Australia, Connie jumps at the chance. On settling into the lovely Cotswolds house, she reawakens her love of cookery and decides to start a cookery club, starting with an Italian theme. Well the food that is being created sounds delicious and I suspect by the time this series finishes that I will be hoping for a companion recipe book to try them all out for myself. Connie clearly knows her food and it rubs off on the three ladies who join her club. They take it in turns to produce delicious Italian menus at each others houses, and we have Eleanor who runs the local newsagent, Kate who has three young children, and Melody who is need of a friend as she is also new to the area, Connie also needs to dog sit, for Eric, who is scared of his own shadow to start with, and a former rescue dog. Despite not being the most outgoing of canine companion his personality is really felt in each scene he is in. As the first book in a new series, it gives a great introduction to the various characters that I hope to see more of in the next two parts. Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Agi

    Having read and enjoyed Alice Ross's some previous books, I didn't hesitate to request "The Cotswolds Cookery Club: A Taste of Italy". I can't seem to have enough books about cooking, and lately also set in Cotswolds, and those two together do sound promising, no? The story introduces us basically to Connie, who right now is at the crossroads with her life, and so when her friend is off to Australia for six months and asks Connie if she'd like to look after her house in this time, Connie jumps at Having read and enjoyed Alice Ross's some previous books, I didn't hesitate to request "The Cotswolds Cookery Club: A Taste of Italy". I can't seem to have enough books about cooking, and lately also set in Cotswolds, and those two together do sound promising, no? The story introduces us basically to Connie, who right now is at the crossroads with her life, and so when her friend is off to Australia for six months and asks Connie if she'd like to look after her house in this time, Connie jumps at the chance. She has no problems to settle in the gorgeous Cotswolds, in the lovely house and quickly she reawakens her passion of cooking. And this is when the idea of the Cotswolds Cookery Club is born, and Connie sets her mind on Italian cuisine this time. But club wouldn't exist without its members, right, so there are some other characters who take it in turns to cook delicious, mouth - watering Italian dishes - and when I say delicious, I really mean delicious, guys! There is Eleanor, who runs the local newsagent, Melody, who's also new to the area and Kate, a local vet with three children, husband and an au - pair. So when the girls chop, stir, taste, cook and bake, they also share their stories, and so we relatively quickly get to know their background and what makes them tick. They were all relatable, believable characters, they had their problems and I quickly felt a part of their group. It was lovely to see how quickly their friendship was growing and how they all were starting to gain confidence. Altogether, it was a light - hearted, very easy read. What bothered me personally was the end - it seemed so very abrupt and rushed, and I had a feeling that the story was chopped in the middle. It was a promising end, sure, but just too rushed and it put me off stride a little. But really, it was a lovely, cute story with mouth - watering descriptions of food, down - to - earth characters and brilliant romance - and not only human one! The author has spot on caught Connie's passion to food and cooking and brought it to the pages and really, it made me want more, so it's a pure luck that this novella is the first part in the series. Already looking towards the next one! Recommended! Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nessa

    What a delightful and enjoyable read. Full of lovely characters, yummy food and perfect setting. Not to mention adorable greyhound Eric who jumps at pretty much everything and two hot men, all makes for a perfect read. I loved reading Connie's story, getting to know her and discovering where her journey to the Cotswolds would take her and also getting to know her new friends Eleanor, Kate and Melody. Oh and a little warning, book 1 ends in somewhat of a cliff hanger, so make sure you've got book What a delightful and enjoyable read. Full of lovely characters, yummy food and perfect setting. Not to mention adorable greyhound Eric who jumps at pretty much everything and two hot men, all makes for a perfect read. I loved reading Connie's story, getting to know her and discovering where her journey to the Cotswolds would take her and also getting to know her new friends Eleanor, Kate and Melody. Oh and a little warning, book 1 ends in somewhat of a cliff hanger, so make sure you've got book 2: A Taste of Spain ready to start straight after.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    Oh I loved this title – and believe me, if you can’t fall in love with an elderly greyhound who hides and jumps at EVERYTHING, needs a blanket fort to survive a storm, and has an instant attraction to a little flirty Jack Russel – you have no heart. And yes, there were people here too – from Connie, just turned 34 and is feeling her groundlessness from all corners: her mother’s constant reminders, her cheating ex, and the never-ending proofread that drags on, endlessly looming over her. When Con Oh I loved this title – and believe me, if you can’t fall in love with an elderly greyhound who hides and jumps at EVERYTHING, needs a blanket fort to survive a storm, and has an instant attraction to a little flirty Jack Russel – you have no heart. And yes, there were people here too – from Connie, just turned 34 and is feeling her groundlessness from all corners: her mother’s constant reminders, her cheating ex, and the never-ending proofread that drags on, endlessly looming over her. When Connie’s best friend Anna calls with an offer to dog and house-sit while she and her husband spend half a year in Australia, she jumps at the chance to get away from her mother, her childhood bedroom and realign her life. When Connie arrives in the hamlet of Little Bidington, the magic of the Cotswolds starts to improve her mood instantly. But this time is not all about relaxing: she’s got to finish a deadly-dull proofreading job (she’s a freelancer) and decide on a ‘real career” as her mother would call it. Still stinging from the breakup of her relationship and uninspired (and a bit lonely) with her work, she’s wanting to find her passion and make it pay. She’s always been a foodie: from a small childhood garden that she tended with care to collecting recipes, cookbooks and tasting experiences, an idea forms. So she collects the very reluctant Eric and heads out to the local newsagent with a card to advertise. Here she meets Eleanor, the 60-something proprietress with her finger on the pulse (albeit quiet and reserved pulse) of the town, and an instant friendship is formed. Starting the cookery club is a simple idea – similar to a book club, only with food, friends and hopefully some instruction. Connie soon is introduced to the other two members: Kate and Melody, and a date and theme (Italian food) is set. The first meeting “At six fifty-two that evening, the doorbell chimed, causing Eric to vault two feet out of his basket – as usual – “ the ladies arrive with wine, good humor and plenty of bonhomie. We get to see the four as they chop, stir, drink and share stories: from Eleanor’s history and changes since widowhood, Kate’s struggles with three unruly children and a mostly absent husband and Melody, beautiful, blonde struggling with people’s reactions to her marriage to an older, rich man. Through the story, we are treated to the women’s stories and struggles where the friendships grow and strengthen, and each gains a new confidence in their lives. From mouth-watering foods, great conversations and a few moments of romance as both Connie and Eric find love interests, although if I’m being fair, Connie’s is more of a rebound that oils the wheels and provides her with a shot of confidence. Through it all, Connie finds her passion reignited for food, and creates a blog that is quickly growing a following with her tales, recipes and tricks shared about food, the club and forming your own version. There was nothing truly groundbreaking here, not really: but Ross puts everything together with such flair and shows the growth and confidence of the characters, laughs from their conversations and Eric, and plenty of food to drool over – the story leaves us with options for many more books, a solid growth for Connie’s new ventures and plenty in store for the inaugural members of the club. A quick read, this is engaging and wholly encompassing story presenting the honeyed stone Cotswolds and a few of its residents with style and heart, and makes me want more. 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. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This was a great book 1 in the Cotswolds cookery Club series. Connie heads to Cotswolds to house and dog sit for a friend who is traveling for 6 months to Australia. Since she had to move back home with her parents after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman and having her 30+ birthday, she needs to find some new friends and a new job. To solve the friend problem she starts a dinner club and is lucky to get Melody, Kate and Eleanor to come to dinner. Over the next few months the girls This was a great book 1 in the Cotswolds cookery Club series. Connie heads to Cotswolds to house and dog sit for a friend who is traveling for 6 months to Australia. Since she had to move back home with her parents after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman and having her 30+ birthday, she needs to find some new friends and a new job. To solve the friend problem she starts a dinner club and is lucky to get Melody, Kate and Eleanor to come to dinner. Over the next few months the girls help each other and become very close. This is a fun story. Looking forward to picking up the next few books by Alice Ross.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol Beasley

    This was a really short but sweet read. It made me really want to eat Italian food as well because it all sounded delicious. This was a great introduction to a new series and I am looking forward to reading more. I was provided an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Wonderful story. A lovely little read to cheer you up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bron

    I love a sea/tree change story - especially one that centres around food - and this was just adorable. I actually don't have very much else to say about it, given it is a novella so pretty short! I loved it and I'm looking forward to continuing following the adventures of Connie and her friends in the next two novellas (out in August and September). A solid 3.5 stars (and a bowl of homemade gnocchi!) I love a sea/tree change story - especially one that centres around food - and this was just adorable. I actually don't have very much else to say about it, given it is a novella so pretty short! I loved it and I'm looking forward to continuing following the adventures of Connie and her friends in the next two novellas (out in August and September). A solid 3.5 stars (and a bowl of homemade gnocchi!)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ionia

    I really liked this book. It was cute and charming and made me happy, but it will also make you hungry, so make sure you stock up on snacks before you start reading. You don't want empty cupboard syndrome when you get into this one. Whilst I enjoyed the characters in this book and got a big kick out of Connie and her internal thoughts, I did question why the fling she has in the book seemed to take precedence in the story over the potentially longer lasting and more important relationship betwee I really liked this book. It was cute and charming and made me happy, but it will also make you hungry, so make sure you stock up on snacks before you start reading. You don't want empty cupboard syndrome when you get into this one. Whilst I enjoyed the characters in this book and got a big kick out of Connie and her internal thoughts, I did question why the fling she has in the book seemed to take precedence in the story over the potentially longer lasting and more important relationship between her and Max. Liam was more of a side fling and yet, he got more screen time, as it were, than Max did. I wanted to see more than a date between Connie and Max and know what happened with them, but the book had a rather abrupt ending. Otherwise, I thought this was a lot of fun. It was comical and sweet and spicy enough to satisfy those looking for a steamy scene or two. The descriptions of food in the book were excellent and made me want to move to the Cotswolds and join the cookery club. This book was light and fun and I recommend it to those looking for a good summer read. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This is most probably one of the best stories I've read in a long time. It was such an easy read that I got through it in about 4 hours! (That might also be because it was only around 100 pages!) The Cotswolds Cookery Club will have your mouth watering with it's delicious sounding food - It certainly made me want to eat some Italian! And the thing with this novel was, it wasn't just pizza that was spoken about (obvs) but it was the way it was described that made it all sound so tasty. I absolutely This is most probably one of the best stories I've read in a long time. It was such an easy read that I got through it in about 4 hours! (That might also be because it was only around 100 pages!) The Cotswolds Cookery Club will have your mouth watering with it's delicious sounding food - It certainly made me want to eat some Italian! And the thing with this novel was, it wasn't just pizza that was spoken about (obvs) but it was the way it was described that made it all sound so tasty. I absolutely loved all of the characters, especially the four main women, and by the end of the book I wanted to join a cookery club myself! (not that I'd be much good at all the cooking, but I'd be brilliant at doing all the eating!) I even loved the character of Eric, a loveable but shy Greyhound who you would definitely fall in love with. Main character Connie, has some funny moments that will make you laugh out loud. Connie starts the story off by house sitting for her best friend whilst she visits Australia, and seeing as Connie is feeling a bit lost in her life at the moment, she jumps at the chance. Along the way, she meets new friends and even a few love interests, which makes it an interesting story that I just couldn't put down! As this is the first in the series, I think it's done a great job of introducing us to all the characters and letting us get to know them. The four friends take it in turns to host the cookery club at their homes and it really will make your mouth water and jealous of their blooming friendships. It doesn't feel rushed or like too much is happening, it's set at a perfect pace - which makes it a really enjoyable read. Overall, a brilliant short read - perfect to read during a flight to your holiday perhaps or even for a rainy day inside (like me). I can't wait to read the other two! Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for a chance to read this novel, which I have reviewed honestly.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracie Banister

    As lovely and charming as the book's setting, The Cotswolds Cookery Club hit this foodie fic lover's sweet spot! At a low point in her life thanks to her painfully dull job, single status (she caught her fiancé in a compromising position with another woman), and living arrangements (back home with the parents . . . groan!), Connie Partridge jumps at the chance for a change of scenery when a friend asks her to house sit in the country. What Connie discovers there is a renewed zest for life after As lovely and charming as the book's setting, The Cotswolds Cookery Club hit this foodie fic lover's sweet spot! At a low point in her life thanks to her painfully dull job, single status (she caught her fiancé in a compromising position with another woman), and living arrangements (back home with the parents . . . groan!), Connie Partridge jumps at the chance for a change of scenery when a friend asks her to house sit in the country. What Connie discovers there is a renewed zest for life after she decides to pursue her love of food through a cooking club. The club brings her into contact with Eleanor, Melody, and Kate, three woman at very different places in their lives. Bonding and having fun making (and eating!) various Italian dishes with the ladies, Connie's confidence returns and soon she's getting flirty with Liam, the dishy, young painter who's working on the house where she's staying, and finding herself very intrigued by Max, a handsome, mysterious pilot. Will her time in the Cotswolds lead to permanent changes, both personally and professionally, for Connie? I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters and their interactions in this book and was amazed at how much story the author managed to pack into just 100+ pages! I felt like I really got to know not just the heroine, but her friends as well, and was very invested in seeing all of them find their happy endings. Connie experiences a lot of growth over the course of the book, becoming the person she was always meant to be, which was very satisfying. A Taste of Italy definitely whetted my appetite for the rest of the books in the series, and I look forward to reading them soon. If you're looking for an entertaining, fast-paced read laced with humor, romance, and descriptions of food that will make your mouth water, I highly recommend this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Just when it seemed that things could not get any worse for Connie, she is given a wonderful gift. Her friend offers the chance to live in her home in the Cotswolds for 6 months. Connie jumps at the chance. Because she is a proof reader who works from home, she can work anywhere. So living in a lovely home in a beautiful place is an opportunity she will savor. Her 5 year romance has ended. Her mother continually reminds her that she is old and that her life is going nowhere. Connie believes that Just when it seemed that things could not get any worse for Connie, she is given a wonderful gift. Her friend offers the chance to live in her home in the Cotswolds for 6 months. Connie jumps at the chance. Because she is a proof reader who works from home, she can work anywhere. So living in a lovely home in a beautiful place is an opportunity she will savor. Her 5 year romance has ended. Her mother continually reminds her that she is old and that her life is going nowhere. Connie believes that she has been given an opportunity to start anew. One of the ideas she has is to start a cookery club. There will be a total of 4 members counting Connie. Each of the women are looking for something new. They all feel their lives could use a little spice. No matter how perfect a life appears, there may be flaws in the background. Along with meeting 3 new women, Connie also finds her own personal toy boy. The scenes with Connie and Liam are very funny. In fact, Connie's inner thoughts are all funny. She has a very active inner life. Connie is a really interesting character. She is stretching herself and going in new directions. And as she does this, she is helping her 3 new friends widen their horizons. Being in a new place is building confidence for Connie and she is taking advantage of every moment. This is a quick read which held my interest from beginning to end. The story is interesting and filled with humor. The wonderful descriptions of food being prepared will probably add a few pounds to each reader. If a reader is looking for a fun new character, Connie will be just who is needed. Ms Ross is a new to me author and I look forward to reading other books by her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eve beinguniquebooks

    Connie sets up a cookery club which joins three women, Melody, Kate and Eleanor to her whilst looking after her best friends house and greyhound for her as she travels to Australia to holiday with her husband. Connie is relishing her success with her cookery club after breaking up with her ex Charles after finding him cheating on her and finding out it had been going on for months! Yet in the Cotswold's, two men catch her eye, Max Templeton who nearly runs her over! As well as decorator Liam who i Connie sets up a cookery club which joins three women, Melody, Kate and Eleanor to her whilst looking after her best friends house and greyhound for her as she travels to Australia to holiday with her husband. Connie is relishing her success with her cookery club after breaking up with her ex Charles after finding him cheating on her and finding out it had been going on for months! Yet in the Cotswold's, two men catch her eye, Max Templeton who nearly runs her over! As well as decorator Liam who is working on the house whilst Connie looks after it. Yet after a few dates and something more with one the other's home life comes to light and suddenly Connie finds herself feeling very wanted indeed! The cookery club's theme throughout the book is Italian as they all take turns in hosting a night each with the same theme to keep it fair before they will eventually switch. This was a really nice summer read which I found myself really enjoying as the story developed at a nice flowing pace where as a lot of chick lit can get straight into the main story hardly with any dearly on context which this does give us. The story was lovely too and great to see Connie can move on from flipping Charles the cheat! Her parents were fun too and her mum reminded me of TV show character of Miranda's mum as she can't wait to marry her daughter off to a successful man! Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grace J Reviewerlady

    Italian Food? The Cotswolds? What's not to like? A really enjoyable rom-com. Connie has already moved on from the dead wood in her romantic life when her friend asks her to house-sit her home in the Cotswolds for six months, and this provides the kick-start her life was much in need of. Leaving the heartache behind, Connie thrives in her new setting. Setting up a cookery club brings her success and, more importantly, friendship in the village. This is a wonderful read, in a gorgeous setting with l Italian Food? The Cotswolds? What's not to like? A really enjoyable rom-com. Connie has already moved on from the dead wood in her romantic life when her friend asks her to house-sit her home in the Cotswolds for six months, and this provides the kick-start her life was much in need of. Leaving the heartache behind, Connie thrives in her new setting. Setting up a cookery club brings her success and, more importantly, friendship in the village. This is a wonderful read, in a gorgeous setting with lively characters and a lusty love interest - or two. You will find yourself smiling and even giggling at this fun novel. My only criticism - and I haven't deducted stars as it really wouldn't be fair to take away from such an entertaining book - is that the tale finishes, rather abruptly, at 84% and then continues with an excerpt of a completely unrelated story. I really don't like this practice at all. With a bit of research I have discovered that this is the first of three books, but I do wish this was shown upfront then I wouldn't be left feeling so disappointed after what was, after all, a darn good read! I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Connie takes advantage of her friends offer to house sit her wonderful house in the Cotswolds when they go to work abroad for 6 months. She’s a proof reader who can work from home. She’s also looking after their rescue greyhound who is very nervy. She sets up a cookery club with a couple of ladies that the newsagent knows and the four ladies are soon enjoying evenings with delicious food, copious amounts of wine and healing friendships. They all host an evening based on an Italian theme and the m Connie takes advantage of her friends offer to house sit her wonderful house in the Cotswolds when they go to work abroad for 6 months. She’s a proof reader who can work from home. She’s also looking after their rescue greyhound who is very nervy. She sets up a cookery club with a couple of ladies that the newsagent knows and the four ladies are soon enjoying evenings with delicious food, copious amounts of wine and healing friendships. They all host an evening based on an Italian theme and the menus make your mouth water and wish that you could set up a similar club with your friends. It actually did make me want to reboot my new recipe challenge and maybe it needs a revamp with a country theme! The friends share many feelings and Connie has a feeling that Kate’s marriage may not be all it seems, Melody is feeling like a fish out of water in the Cotswolds. Having married an older man she is meeting resistance from all the locals who think she is a gold digger. She is yearning for a baby- but this new group of friends is really boosting her confidence and letting her spread her wings a little. I am so looking forward to hearing about more evenings with the cookery club and the treats they have in store for us.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Lovely little novella, with strong female friendships, which I love reading about. This is the first of the Cotswolds Cookery Club book but I ended up reading it second and it didn't matter to following the plot. It follows the story of Connie, who has reached a tipping point in her life and jumps on the opportunity to housesit for a friend in the Cotswolds while she works out what to do. Hoping to make new friends, she starts a cookery club and and we're introduced to Melody, Kate and Eleanor. I Lovely little novella, with strong female friendships, which I love reading about. This is the first of the Cotswolds Cookery Club book but I ended up reading it second and it didn't matter to following the plot. It follows the story of Connie, who has reached a tipping point in her life and jumps on the opportunity to housesit for a friend in the Cotswolds while she works out what to do. Hoping to make new friends, she starts a cookery club and and we're introduced to Melody, Kate and Eleanor. It was lovely to read about the developing friendships between the women, and I liked that they weren't destructive or mean. The cooking club seemed a genuine way to bond with each other and Ross did an amazing job of describing the food they made (I ended up craving pasta for a while after reading this book). The romances Connie has with Liam, the painter, and Max, the pilot, were a bit oddly paced and the ending felt a bit rushed but Ross managed to fit a lot into a novella and overall it was an entertaining read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Quite surprised by the glowing reviews here. This story was messy and full of unlikable characters. Why focus on having the main character repeat more than once that she was impressed by the woman she found her ex-partner in bed with having such exquisite and well coiffed hair while in the act? This observation and repeated comment alone made me feel terrible for Connie. Of all the things to focus on there... I would have liked to have read more about Eleanor and Kate. Kate of course being lied to Quite surprised by the glowing reviews here. This story was messy and full of unlikable characters. Why focus on having the main character repeat more than once that she was impressed by the woman she found her ex-partner in bed with having such exquisite and well coiffed hair while in the act? This observation and repeated comment alone made me feel terrible for Connie. Of all the things to focus on there... I would have liked to have read more about Eleanor and Kate. Kate of course being lied to by everyone who knows her, poor Kate. Eleanor suddenly finds love and moves off with her new beau? Seems rash and out of character from what little we are told about her character. The outfit descriptions for Connie really turned me off. Melody was a charming character but did not get enough page time to let the reader into her life. Honestly Melody and her husband seemed the only sane ones in the book. Connie's mother was insufferable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    Connie is house sitting for a friend for 6 months in a Cotswold village- a far cry from her normal dreary life in London. She works as a proofreader and “500 fascinating facts about fly fishing” are really not doing it for her and she wants to make the most of the time away. She has an idea about a small cookery club which with a little help soon has 4 members who become good friends. This is one of those summer enjoyable reads which make you smile along the way. A nice easy going tale about vil Connie is house sitting for a friend for 6 months in a Cotswold village- a far cry from her normal dreary life in London. She works as a proofreader and “500 fascinating facts about fly fishing” are really not doing it for her and she wants to make the most of the time away. She has an idea about a small cookery club which with a little help soon has 4 members who become good friends. This is one of those summer enjoyable reads which make you smile along the way. A nice easy going tale about village life (and all it’s scandals and gossip!) to enjoy over a coffee or two. Sometimes I just need a relaxing read. This was the perfect fit. For me the ending was a little abrupt and would have earned an extra star had it been just that little better. I voluntarily chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sally Coles

    When Connie's friend Anna is set to go to Australia for six months she asks Connie if she will house and dog sit for her in Cotswold cottage. Connie's life is definitely in the doldrums at the time and so she jumps at the opportunity to get away from everything.......and everyone! Feeling that she needs to get into village life she decides that cooking is her forte and so rather than a book club she will set up a food club and soon has some willing members and they decide on the first event to be When Connie's friend Anna is set to go to Australia for six months she asks Connie if she will house and dog sit for her in Cotswold cottage. Connie's life is definitely in the doldrums at the time and so she jumps at the opportunity to get away from everything.......and everyone! Feeling that she needs to get into village life she decides that cooking is her forte and so rather than a book club she will set up a food club and soon has some willing members and they decide on the first event to be an Italian night This book although short is a great introduction to the characters - I especially loved Eric the greyhound - and I am looking forward to the rest in the series. As with Alice Ross's other books this is a lovely warm hearted book that you just want to curl up and read until you have finished it - best not to read if you are hungry though!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dixie

    I enjoyed reading about Connie's getaway to the Cotswolds. This is another take on my new favorite plot - the young woman who packs up and breaks away from the toxic people and life situation who have led her to feel incapable and not good enough. I loved watching Connie blossom as she stepped out, bravely focusing her energy on the things she loved doing, and making lovely friendships along the way. I encourage you to leave the pressure and angst of the fast-paced life behind, and spend some tim I enjoyed reading about Connie's getaway to the Cotswolds. This is another take on my new favorite plot - the young woman who packs up and breaks away from the toxic people and life situation who have led her to feel incapable and not good enough. I loved watching Connie blossom as she stepped out, bravely focusing her energy on the things she loved doing, and making lovely friendships along the way. I encourage you to leave the pressure and angst of the fast-paced life behind, and spend some time relaxing with this delightful cast of characters against the backdrop of the charming villages in the Cotswolds. I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley and offer my honest opinion in response.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    In this first part we are introduced to Connie who is given the opportunity to escape to the Cotsworld, where she sets up a Cookery Club. Its a fantastic idea and a great way to make new friends. The foods that they cook up for the Cookery Club sounds absolutely delicious and really inspire you start cooking different recipes from around the world. The group of women who come to the Cookery Club are just the perfect characters, all different and have got so much going on in their lives and it's t In this first part we are introduced to Connie who is given the opportunity to escape to the Cotsworld, where she sets up a Cookery Club. Its a fantastic idea and a great way to make new friends. The foods that they cook up for the Cookery Club sounds absolutely delicious and really inspire you start cooking different recipes from around the world. The group of women who come to the Cookery Club are just the perfect characters, all different and have got so much going on in their lives and it's the perfect place for them to escape for a few hours and enjoy themselves. This was a really beautiful start to this delightful series. I am very much looking forward to the next book.. A taste of SPAIN!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claire Thorpe

    Loved this book and read it in one sitting! This is the first in a series of books of the Cotswold Cookery Club , having read the second one thought it was about time I started at the beginning!! Connie is living at her parents house after splitting up from a 5 year relationship, she jumps at the chance to house sit for a friend for 6 months in a lovely village in the Cotswolds. She decides to combine her love with cooking and trying to meet some new people by starting a cookery club. There are Loved this book and read it in one sitting! This is the first in a series of books of the Cotswold Cookery Club , having read the second one thought it was about time I started at the beginning!! Connie is living at her parents house after splitting up from a 5 year relationship, she jumps at the chance to house sit for a friend for 6 months in a lovely village in the Cotswolds. She decides to combine her love with cooking and trying to meet some new people by starting a cookery club. There are 4 women in the group and the series of books goes into their lives . If you enjoy a relaxing read this is one for you - off to read the other ones now! Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I was very disappointed....that this was a novella and not a full novel :) This is the first book I've read by Alice Ross and I really enjoyed it. The story fulfilled my criteria of capturing my attention within the first few pages, and of being written with correct English, grammar and punctuation. Connie is asked to house-sit for 6 months whilst her friend is overseas; who wouldn't want to house-sit a beautiful mansion in the Cotswolds?! Then Connie sets up the Cotswolds Cookery Club and we fo I was very disappointed....that this was a novella and not a full novel :) This is the first book I've read by Alice Ross and I really enjoyed it. The story fulfilled my criteria of capturing my attention within the first few pages, and of being written with correct English, grammar and punctuation. Connie is asked to house-sit for 6 months whilst her friend is overseas; who wouldn't want to house-sit a beautiful mansion in the Cotswolds?! Then Connie sets up the Cotswolds Cookery Club and we follow her, the other three club members, and some additional characters, all of whom are totally believable. I will definitely be reading Alice's next "Cotswolds" book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Petra Quelch

    ​What a delectable summer read! I was utterly smitten with the mouth watering plotline and the charming and lovable characters. From the beginning, I got really fond of Connie and cheered for her as she found her feet and a new zing to her life in the picturesque Cotswold country side. As well as Connie I utterly fell under the spell of the supporting cast of characters: the delightful Melody, the village vet and harass mother, Kate and the lovable village store owner Eleanor. The Cotswolds Cook ​What a delectable summer read! I was utterly smitten with the mouth watering plotline and the charming and lovable characters. From the beginning, I got really fond of Connie and cheered for her as she found her feet and a new zing to her life in the picturesque Cotswold country side. As well as Connie I utterly fell under the spell of the supporting cast of characters: the delightful Melody, the village vet and harass mother, Kate and the lovable village store owner Eleanor. The Cotswolds Cookery Club was without a doubt much welcome escape from life villages. Cooking aside the storyline also offers a healthy dose of sizzling romance that will make you grab a nice cold drink and speedy publication of the second book in this series

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Grace

    I started reading an arc copy of the second book in the series when realized it wasn't the first one. Some 5 minutes later and $5.99 lighter, I started. lol I was in gobsmacked from the word go!!! I raced through this book in under 2 hours. It was money well spent. I am in love with this series and can't wait to read more from this author! The only downsides are that I wish it was 300 pages longer and included the recipes of the food. Loved the different stories going on at the same time. The ma I started reading an arc copy of the second book in the series when realized it wasn't the first one. Some 5 minutes later and $5.99 lighter, I started. lol I was in gobsmacked from the word go!!! I raced through this book in under 2 hours. It was money well spent. I am in love with this series and can't wait to read more from this author! The only downsides are that I wish it was 300 pages longer and included the recipes of the food. Loved the different stories going on at the same time. The main character started out a pushover but ended being empowered!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    A short delightful and happy romp! I loved that these women range across ages and experiences and that they share their stories over cooking (I wish there were recipes!). This was a great tonic after all the bad news lately- a cheery, optimistic tale of four women pulling together. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. You can read this in an afternoon and you'll smile the whole time! A short delightful and happy romp! I loved that these women range across ages and experiences and that they share their stories over cooking (I wish there were recipes!). This was a great tonic after all the bad news lately- a cheery, optimistic tale of four women pulling together. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. You can read this in an afternoon and you'll smile the whole time!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    New author for me, new favorite series also! Yes yes yes! I loved this first book in the "The Cotswolds Cookery Club" series! Very lovely characters, very lovely settings, very lovely plot, very lovely everything! Yes, if I should describe this book in one word, I would say "lovely". It's very lovely story of friendship between 4 different types of women of different ages. There is also the beginning of a lovely romance and I really can't wait to read the second book to learn more about all the New author for me, new favorite series also! Yes yes yes! I loved this first book in the "The Cotswolds Cookery Club" series! Very lovely characters, very lovely settings, very lovely plot, very lovely everything! Yes, if I should describe this book in one word, I would say "lovely". It's very lovely story of friendship between 4 different types of women of different ages. There is also the beginning of a lovely romance and I really can't wait to read the second book to learn more about all the characters of the books! It's also a book about cooking and this makes you want to cook and to eat! ;-) I recommend this book! Also it's quite a short book which is always quite nice to squeeze between two other bigger books!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine Lussier

    I received a digital copy of The Cotswolds Cookery Club-Italy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A fun, quick, easy to read story. Enjoyable from the get-go, lighthearted. The perfect "filler" book. Ended much too soon! Hopefully there will be more~ I received a digital copy of The Cotswolds Cookery Club-Italy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A fun, quick, easy to read story. Enjoyable from the get-go, lighthearted. The perfect "filler" book. Ended much too soon! Hopefully there will be more~

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