The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Cafe -Cherry Pie Island #1 by Jenny Oliver


An enticing tale of love, family and believing in yourself.

Annie essentially ran away from her childhood home to escape the mistakes of her past, but when she is left the Dandelion Cafe in her father’s will she has no choice other than to return.  She does, however, have the choice on whether to stay or not.

Matt ran away from his past too, only now his past doesn’t want anything to do with him.  Leaving his son, River, behind was a mistake that Matt is now trying to amend but River is not going to make it easy for him.

Throughout the book, Annie is very undecided about what she wants for her future.  She is torn between her design business and not letting go of the cafe. She has friends on one side encouraging her to give it a go and family on the other (her brother) telling her to get rid.  she also has the same choices to make as far as Matt goes…does she stay or does she go?

There are some wonderful characters in this story. Martha, Ludo and River at the cafe, Annie’s friend, Holly, her mother, Winifred, who has some very good words of wisdom when needed.  And let’s not forget her brother, Jonathan, who for being a doctor is a bit of an idiot and definitely a coward (I refer here to the tree incident!).

A lovely summertime read.  Perfect for relaxing in the garden and just letting your mind drift away to Cherry Pie Island.

Rating 4/5


When Annie White steps back onto Cherry Pie Island, it’s safe to say her newly inherited Dandelion Café has seen better days! And while her childhood home on the Thames-side island idyll is exactly the same retreat from the urban bustle of London she remembers, Annie’s not convinced that Owner of The Dandelion Cafe is a title she’ll be keeping for long. Not that she can bear the idea of letting her dedicated, if endearingly disorganized staff lose their jobs. Plus café life does also have the added bonus of working a stone’s throw away from millionaire Matt and his disarmingly charming smile!

One (shoestring budget) café makeover, a few delightful additions to the somewhat retro menu and a lot of cherry pie tastings later, The Dandelion Café is ready for its grand reopening! But once she’s brought the dilapidated old café back to life, Annie finds herself wishing her stay on the island was just a bit longer. She always intended to go back to the big city…but could island living finally have lured her back home for good?


Author: mandy

I love to Read! Mostly romance (of all types) but I also enjoy murder mysteries, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, pretty much anything.

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