When Della’s mother Kitty dies, she leaves behind her Yorkshire cottage and hordes of cookbooks – more than 900 in fact. With her daughter Sophie off to university, Della is feeling at a bit of a loose end. So despite her husband Mark’s reluctance, Della decides to open a bookshop that will specialise in second-hand cookbooks in the newly vacant haberdashery store. Della is the sort of woman who has always been dependable and accommodating but now she wants to do something for herself.
The result is a very pleasant, feelgood story – although if you are expecting a book all about recipes or bookshops, this is not it. It’s the first in a series that centres around the people who run businesses on Rosemary Lane.