Mrs Covington's | K.R.R. Lockhaven
Here we are with another review. This time I am dipping my toe into cosy fantasy with Mrs Covington's by K.R.R. Lockhaven. This is a project that the author has a Kickstarter campaign running currently to fund the project.
When Jacob Bright strikes out on his own and moves to a new island, he quite unexpectedly finds himself the owner of a failing, capybara-themed pub named Mrs. Covington’s. He quickly learns that he’s going to have to make new friends and innovate if it’s going to succeed. But when he discovers that a neighboring Faun food restaurant, run by his kindhearted new friend, might have to close its doors, his priorities change.
Years ago, a reclusive wealthy woman who lived on the island wrote a clue in poem form which leads to a mysterious buried treasure. The treasure may be just the thing they need to save the restaurant, but they aren’t the only people seeking it.
Generally, when I read my books, I like my fantasy to have a significant amount of murder, death, kill in it, so when starting Mrs Covington’s I had to change my pace a bit. I have to say that I am not used to this change of pace, as I found that Mrs Covington’s has a gentle sedate pace that kinda bobs along.
The story revolves around Jacob, a foppish young man who in a bid to break away from the cut throat family business decides to hop on a boat and end up at the Azure Archipelago at the town of New Dawn with the vague plans of running away to be a sailor. However, his plans change when he goes for a swift ale and something to eat at Mrs Covington’s and ends up buying the place. Along with the pub comes a capybara called Mrs Covington, a set of staff, a single parent faun family as a neighbour and a treasure map.
Now when it comes to cosy fantasy, I must say I am not the world's best. I was constantly waiting for the level of threat that I generally read and I had to learn a new skill; slowing down. It’s not something I am used to, but when I threw out my own rush, rush, rush attitude I kinda enjoyed this book.
One of the things that held the story together was the characters of the story. I liked how the main characters of the story interacted and supported each other. There was a general sense of camaraderie, and particularly with Jacob, there was that sense of learning about others, and accepting new experiences.
The story is a warm hearted tale with plenty of warmth and humour. The sedate pace of the story gives the story chance to develop and plenty of opportunity to give some information about the world that the story is set in.
Whilst generally not something I am used to, I enjoyed this story, and found it a refreshing break from the darkness that I generally reside in.
About the Author
K.R.R. (Kyle Robert Redundant) Lockhaven started out writing humorous fantasy (hence the stupid pen name) but now finds himself being pulled in the direction of cozy fantasy.
He lives with his wife and two sons. Together they conjured a bearded dragon who rules over a hoard of sand and devours crickets by the dozens.
When not writing or raising kids, he works as a firefighter/paramedic.
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If you like the sound of this book and you want to help him reach his goal, the Kickstarter campaign can be found at:-