'Fun, fab, fresh, joyful and awesome.' Netgalley Reviewer
Can going home be a fresh start?
The Birdie & Bramble used to have queues out the door, but when Maddy Campbell makes her way back to St Andrews after her father's sudden death, the restaurant and her future seems bleak. Especially when she discovers that the restaurant isn't worth a thing. Now Maddy needs to save the restaurant before everything her dad built falls apart, even if she is planning to head back to London any day now.
Then she meets Jack, utterly gorgeous and grumpy, which is very inconvenient when a single look from him makes her heart race. But when someone steps in to ruin her plans at The Birdie & Bramble, Maddy has to decide if she's going to stay and fight to save her dad's legacy and forge her very own new beginning, or run away again?
The first novel in The Birdie & Bramble series. Don't miss a single book in this hilarious and feel-good series:
1. New Beginnings at The Birdie & Bramble
2. Snowdrops at The Birdie & Bramble
3. Blue Skies at The Birdie & Bramble
Reviewers have falling in love with The Birdie and Bramble - have you?
'Well written with loveable and relatable characters, such a heartwarming read'
'This is a brilliant book. I loved the characters. They are well written and relatable
The plot is entertaining and kept me interested until the end. This is the first book in the series and I can't wait for the next one.'
'This is a brilliant book about new starts, family, grief, and friendship. It's one of those book that can be an easy read or make you think if you read them at the right moment in your life.'
'This story so made me want to pack a bag and return for a visit to Scotland!'
'I really enjoyed reading this book, It has a lovely feel good factor, and it is an engaging read.'
'This novel has interesting characters, a great storyline and is unputdownable. Would recommend you give this read a go.'
'New Beginnings at The Birdie and Bramble is the first novel by Alison Craig that I've read and I can honestly say that I will be picking up more of her work in the future. I really liked her style of writing and found this an easy book to read. Her writing is so descriptive and I could honestly picture everything she was describing, especially the food! '
'This is very similar to a Katie Fforde novel. I loved the glorious food descriptions (not to be read if you are on a diet), the cosy small town feel, the morning walks on the beach, the romantic tension between Maddie's boyfriend in London and her new venison supplier for the restaurant. There's a suitably evil Laird, secret identities and nefarious plots to reveal all while serving sumptuous Scottish fare.'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Packed with history, sandy beaches and a breathtaking array of golf courses, St Andrews in Scotland is one of Britain’s most idyllic locations. In New Beginnings at The Birdie and Bramble, stressors lay beneath the town’s tourist-friendly exterior though. On the news of her father’s death, Maddy Campbell returns form her working life in London, and waiting for her is the failing family business: The Birdie and Bramble. Having seen better days, the restaurant is galvanised as Maddy whips staff into shape for a wedding booking—and also eyes up the coming British Open with its timely influx of visitors and sightseers. For Maddy, the chance to turn the tide on her fortunes is more than a matter of financial survival, but also of honouring the legacy of her late father. Going home may be the catalyst to a fresh start—and romance—but Maddy must find the courage to lead. Penned with colourful flair, and traditional dishes that jump off the page, this is an enjoyable and poignant piece of escapist fiction.
New beginnings at the birdie & bramble
Fantastic!! Read this in record time as I couldn’t wait to see what happened! Characters,Setting & unfolding story had me hooked right from the start...Well done Alison!!!
Loved this book...
It was a very relatable book. Loved all the characters and the community spirit that bound them all together. I moved to London from a rural town in Scotland so I can understand how the main character feels, how the time flies when you are visiting home and how spending time with your family and friends is so important.
A great read. Loved this first instalment of this series.
After setting up my own cafe/bistro (Laggan Coffee Bothy & gallery) in the highland just 2 years ago this story was very similar to some of the events that happened to us when were were getting ready to open.