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The Bumpkinton Tales: Bittersweet

The Bumpkinton Tales: Bittersweet [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Drzymala
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

When Venetia was a little girl, her grandpa would regale her with magical tales of the shop he used to own in the mysterious village of Bumpkinton. But when he died, the tales died with him.

Thirty years later, Venetia and her husband chance upon an old photograph in the attic. It ignites a spark within Venetia, and she resolves to buy the shop.

As the inhabitants of Bumpkinton welcome the newcomers with open arms, why is Amelia, the resident busybody, interested in the shop? And why is it so important that it doesn’t become a burger bar?

Bittersweet is the first Bumpkinton novella and is set after the short story Last Christmas.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 210 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Matthew Drzymala; 1 edition (21 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFRRJ50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matthew Drzymała was born in Manchester in 1981 and started to write seriously in 2011 when he took part in NaNoWriMo. Since then he has relocated to Liverpool, where he lives with his girlfriend, Elaine.

Matthew attended creative writing classes in 2012 and 2013 and has been writing almost every day since.

He hopes to one day live in a nice flat with a balcony, overlooking a river where he can sit and write while drinking tea and eating scones.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet 21 Jun 2014
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Bittersweet is the second Bumpkinton story, a novella, which I really enjoyed.

Bumpkinton is an olde worlde village that is very difficult to find - you won’t find it on any map. Quaint but quirky, it is the sort of place that is stuck in a time warp and where some of the locals don’t like outsiders coming in, especially outsiders who are buying empty village shops and renovating them. Heaven forbid they should have a “McRonalds” in the village!

It is a smashing little tale that can be read in an hour or so, with some cracking characters that really made me chuckle. Amusing and witty, it didn’t quite leave me with a tear in my eye, like Last Christmas (the first Bumpkinton story), but I did feel kind of all gooey inside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect read for an english summers day... 17 April 2014
By Athena
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I loved reading this book. From the first page there is a tension and anticipation that is bubbling away in the background while you are being introduced to some wonderful, very quirky english characters. There are some good points of humour, they are slightly racy but nothing you'd be embarrassed to read - think seaside postcard humour. All the while you are reading this delightfully simple story wondering what is going to happen at the end. I was thankful that the book wasn't a paperback as I would have very naughtily skipped to the back page to find out the secret before going back to the page that I was on and reading the rest of the story.

The author in his bio talks about how he likes to drink tea and scones, it sums this book up perfectly. Find yourself a shady spot in a sunny english garden, brew yourself a cup of tea, take a plate of freshly cooked scones laden with Jam and clotted cream and sit on a picnic rug enjoying your treats whilst reading this delightful story.

If you have read MC Beaton's work this has a similar feel in terms of being a character driven story that you find yourself thinking ...that reminds me of so and so that I know.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet 9 Mar 2014
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Venetia comes across a photo of her grandfather and recalls his tales of the shop in the village of Bumpkinton he worked in when he was a young man. She gets the idea that she wants to run the long forgotten shop and sets off to find it and get it.

This was a short but sweet tale. We are introduced to characters of Bumpkinton and understand why Venetia wants to live there. The story is very well written and I'm sure I could read more stories from this village.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Completely charming 26 Dec 2013
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I was recommended this book as being "just my thing" - and indeed it was, being a completely charming story set in an archetypal (but quirky) English village. There were some nicely drawn characters, a dash of conflict and bitchiness, and a gently unwinding story which touched the heart. The themes of loss, broken dreams and dreams fulfilled were well handled. An enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful tale 22 Dec 2013
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This is the delightful tale of a village and the history of a family. Venetia remembers her Grandpa Eddie telling her stories about the shop he used to run in the little village of Bumpkinton. She decides she'd like to go back and run the shop if it's for sale. It is and she and her malleable husband Timothy buy it. The village is packed with wonderful characters and most of them don't like the idea of `townies' coming in to their village.

I live in a village too, and enjoyed this story which is light hearted and feel-good. The author uses some great turns of phrase - I started highlighting them but then realised there were too many and I'd be wasting good reading time! I understand there are more books planned in this series. I shall be looking out for them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 5 May 2014
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Bittersweet is a charming, humorous short story from a talented author. It is an engaging tale about the village of Bumpkinton and a woman who has her eye on an old shop which hasn't seen much activity in a long while. However, when her and her husband buy the shop there is a mixed reaction from the villagers. Who are these outsiders and what business are they planning in their perfect little village? An enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more Bumpkinton tales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab story 11 Mar 2014
By Cat
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loved this story i actually want to visit bumpkinton myself looking forward to more tales from bumpkinton. i was completely lost in imagination
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Read 25 Feb 2014
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When I read the blurb about Bittersweet I knew that this book was right up my alley. In just a few lines the charicters pulled me in and I was crying and laughing along with them. I'd love to get to know the residents of Bumpkinton better in a longer format.

I really enjoyed Drzymala's almost spartan writing style. There wasn't a word wasted and it was all very witty.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Tale + laughter.
Lovely little book. Grandads and Grandchildren is always a good start for a tale. Some of the Characters, and there are always a few in a small village, are quite reminiscent of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T4bsF
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
This isn't my usual genre but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. A good mix of characters in this little english village and I love the vicar! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pafos2109
5.0 out of 5 stars superb storyline and characters
superb storyline with very interesting characters. Great introduction to the residents and village life in Bumpkinton and how they deal with newcomers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by tinkerbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Read
Lovely short story from a new author.

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Published 6 months ago by Rodders
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story by Matthew
I really enjoyed this story. I had the town of Bumpkinton mapped out in my mind. I can compare this to real-life small towns and the village-like mentality of their occupants. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Gannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story!
This novella was a good read and provided a few little laughs along the way. Being a fan of little villages like Bumpkinton this suited my ideals & I could really picture it in my... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephen Simpson
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