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Publisher's Summary

The wonderful new novel from Alex Brown, best-selling author of The Great Christmas Knit Off, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley and Jill Mansell.

April Wilson is wondering what to do next - her life has been turned upside down after the loss of her husband so she's hoping to piece herself together again with a visit to her elderly great aunt, Edith.

Arriving in the rural idyll of Tindledale, she's dismayed to find Edith's cottage and the orchards surrounding it in a sorry state of disrepair. Edith seems to have lost interest completely, instead she's become desperate to find out what happened to her sister, Winnie, who disappeared during WWII.

April gets to work immediately, discovering that the orchard still delivers a bumper crop each year, and with the help of some of the villagers - including Matt, the enigmatic Farrier - begins to unravel the mystery of the missing Winnie. Slowly, April can feel things coming to life again - but can Orchard Cottage work its magic on her too?

©2016 Alex Brown (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A lovely book to curl up and unwind with, as sweet and charming as homemade apple pie." (Milly Johnson)
"You'll fall in love with this charming book." (Sunday Express)
"Warm, wonderful characters - a really lovely listen." (Sarah Morgan, author of Sleigh Bells in the Snow)
"A warm and witty novel." (HELLO)
"Adorable, comical and magical, this is a festive delight." (Closer)
"We love it!" (Now)
"Defies the chick lit cliché." (Heat)
"I loved Cupcakes At Carrington's, a warm, witty, loveable listen with plenty of sparkle and charm." (Rowan Coleman)
"A sparkling debut...funny, romantic and utterly charming. Devour in one sitting like a delicious, indulgent cupcake then go back and start again." (Sasha Wagstaff)
"Cupcakes at Carrington's is deliciously delightful from start to finish, sprinkled with magic and full of heart." (Miranda Dickinson)
"I love Alex's books, so warm and even make me want to live in the country." (Sarra Manning, editor of Red Magazine)

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Speed up please

Nice story but the narrator was reading way to slow. It made it hard to follow the different storylines.

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  • Tanya
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 10-03-16

Beautiful book.

A wonderful book. I laughed and cried. The authors note was especially wonderful. Well done.

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  • Di
  • 04-20-17

A thought provoking book.

Not your usual chick lit book...so much more I felt. The novel touched on so many strong emotions.
I really liked and appreciated the authors note at the end of the book. Explaining references in the book that would have passed me by. Certainly intend to return to the truly brave people who were in her thoughts when the author wrote this book. Very engaging.

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  • Mrs
  • 04-01-17

What. Lovely story

This book is well written and is such a lovely story. It is well read made me laugh and cry. More please Alex

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  • Sally-AnneR
  • 12-27-16

Surprising

I bought this as a switch off book for the holidays and enjoyed the easy listening. However when the author explained the research behind the story at the end, her words actually brought tears to my eyes and made it very poignant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-16

loved, loved, loved

this book is really poignant story. from start to finish. just buy & see for yourself

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  • susn
  • 10-25-16

easy reading.

I loved this book. it's not what you would call a page Turner. I. e. you can't wait to find out what happens next more like putting on a pair of comfy old slippers. I have it both on audible and kindle, so I listen to it when I'm in the car or walking and read before bedtime just the thing.

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  • LINDADOHERTY
  • 09-20-16

happyread

loved the story the characters were so real
the storyline very believable and kept giving joy and a bit of suspense

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  • neville
  • 09-08-16

Very Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book immensely. Good storyline, written with compassion and humour. The narrators voice was easy to listen to. Good easy listen.

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  • flowergirl
  • 08-26-16

Pure joy to read

Loved this book from start to finish, could not put it down, made me laugh and cry

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  • michele Charlton
  • 08-23-16

A fab u louse read

I wasn't sure at first,but after listening to a few chapters I really got into it and couldn't wait to hear more, the story line was fab and kept you guessing as to what was going to happen next, overall I really enjoyed it so I've bought the next book "The great village show " looking forward to getting stuck into that.

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  • Almy
  • 07-12-16

Tindeldale

Love the stories based round this one village, hopefully more to come and a such good different levels of storyline running through the book great!!

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  • J M WRATT
  • 02-05-17

the Secret of Orchard Cottage

Delightful story. Love the added intrigue regarding what happened to Winnie. could just envision the cottage and property.