Book Review: The Post Office Shop by K.T. Dady

“Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, love, drama and a happily ever after”

The Post Office Shop follows Tilly and Rory.

Tilly is almost fifty, peri-menopausal, a widow and pretty much lives in dungarees.

Rory has just finished a fifteen-year preison sentence for robbery, but he is not the man who first walked into that prison.

It is part of The Pepper Bay series but the the great thing is that if can be read as a standalone story too (Book 1 is Starlight Cottage if you want to read them in order). They are easy reads at around 300 pages so perfect to take on holiday with you or just read while you eat your lunch.

I’ve always been a bit obsessed by these stories set in small towns whether they are coastal or maybe the back end of beyond in somewhere like Yorkshire or Scotland. I love the Loch Lannick Series and the Isle of Scilly series by Hannah Ellis. Somewhere along the line I was recommended the Pepper Bay series by K. T. Dady end there was another place on the list that I’d dream about visiting.

I guess it’s because of the authors I read but I often find the the leading lady is maybe a similar age to me (maybe 20-40s?) but Tilly is a bit older and is happy with her life and what she’s up to each day. I love that we get to see the craziness in her mind as she comes to terms with being peri-menopausal. I have friends who are going through it and sometimes it can feel like you’re completely losing the plot some days! (I’m not there yet but I imagine if I’m still here and still writing this blog I’ll be documenting it somehow. I’ve got time before I have to cross that bridge…

Rory feels like a rough around the edges kind of character. He ends up going to prison and I think he’s one of those guys who found who he was meant to be on the inside. He worked hard while inside to stay out of trouble and help others. Then on the outside he just wants to find his place where he can keep his head down, out of trouble and carry on making a difference.

I really loved this next instalment of The Pepper Bay series. If you are like me and love Hallmark Movies or chick lit in general definitely give it a go. Either start with this or start back at the beginning with The Starlight Cottage.

A few days ago, I shared the books I’ve been reading in June and July. You can have a read of those here. Have you read any or do you recommend any other authors I might enjoy? I’d love to hear your suggestions.