Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane!
I am delighted to reveal an extract from Chapter 3 for you all to read….
‘Roxanne emerged from Leicester Square tube station and made her way through the crowds towards the nerve centre of women’s magazines. She stopped to buy her coffee from her usual kiosk and quickened her pace through Soho, more through nervousness than because she was running late. Her stomach tightened as she glanced up at her publishing company’s block. It was impressive from the outside, all blue-tinted mirrored glass, the kind of place a young wannabe might gaze up at and think, Oh to work somewhere like that! Wouldn’t that be so glamorous? Imagining grandeur, visitors were often surprised at the scruffiness of Roxanne’s magazine’s office.
In she walked, greeting her colleagues, some of whom were already lounging on mats on the floor. Marsha, who was already arranged in a cross-legged position, gave her an inscrutable look, so Roxanne flashed her a tense smile. To be fair, it wasn’t the actual yoga that most of the team objected to. It was having it foisted upon them every single weekday, in an environment that was hardly suited to it. Everyone was too crammed together on the stained, ancient carpet. This was a place for work, not for ‘connecting with the breath’. The beige walls were scuffed, the tiny kitchen equipped with no more than a cheap toaster, a kettle and a rather sour-smelling fridge housing a half-empty bottle of Baileys that Roxanne suspected had been languishing there since the 90s. Six magazine teams were based in the building, ranging from the glossy YourStyle to mass-market titles in the diet and fitness markets. Roxanne regarded exercise in the same way as she viewed the kale in her fridge; in other words, she knew she should involve herself with it, but would prefer not to, if possible.
In the office loos, Roxanne changed reluctantly into her yoga kit. There were certain items of clothing she simply couldn’t ‘do’. Culottes and waterfall cardigans fell under this banner, as did the cheap leggings she’d bought, begrudgingly, for these morning classes, hence being unable to bring herself to wear them for the journey into work. Now appropriately attired, she hurried back into the main office and plonked herself down on the consistently last-to-be-taken mat next to Marsha’s.
Throughout the class, she tried, unsuccessfully, to calm herself in readiness for her meeting. With Marsha twisting her skinny body into all manner of contortions a mere three feet away, it was virtually impossible. Perhaps Marsha had requested the ‘chat’ today just to establish her authority? If so, it really wasn’t necessary; there was no doubt that she was boss now, although it never even occurred to Roxanne to pull rank with her team. Despite her senior position, she wasn’t concerned about status at all. All she cared about was creating beautiful pictures and, alongside that, trying to keep her team happy and motivated so they could all work well together. That was what mattered’
I really enjoyed reading the second instalment of the ‘Rosemary Lane’ series and have bought the first book already – The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane which focusses on Della (who is Roxanne’s sister).
This story focusses on Roxanne who grew up on Rosemary Lane and couldn’t wait to leave for the bright lights and big city of London as soon as she turned 18, where she has forged a successful career as a Fashion Editor on a glossy magazine.
All is not well though and she eventually takes a break and goes back home to Burley Bridge to see her sister Della. Expecting to find the sleepy old village she has left behind she is surprised to discover the sleepy village is no more and following the opening of the bookshop, other shops have popped up and made the village more alive!
I loved the characters in Burley Bridge, they are just the type of neighbours I would like and I became quickly hooked on the storyline and interested to see how things would turn out. There are a couple of surprises but I found this to be a lovely easy read and have already recommended to friends who like to read similar books.
I can’t want to read the other instalments in this series as I’ve become quite attached to the lovely characters.