Book Review - The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: 2 March 2017
"When Marnie Appleton inherited a sweet shop from her grandfather she was determined to do his legacy proud. The shop has been a much-loved feature of the little seaside town of Shipley for years, but now Marnie needs to bring it up to date, and she’s recruited gorgeous new assistant Josh to help.
Marnie gets busy redecorating the shop and choosing delicious new sweets to stock, but things are never that simple: new neighbour Isobel, a fame-hungry blogger, is on a crusade against sugar, and she’ll go to any lengths to secure bad publicity for Marnie’s shop.
Marnie fights back with homemade sugar-free treats, but with her best friend Beth heavily pregnant, her grandmother Celia recovering from an operation, and her very recently ex-boyfriend Alex returning to Shipley with a new love, Marnie has a lot on her plate.
And then there’s Josh, with whom Marnie is struggling to keep her relationship strictly professional…Will both the sweet shop and love flourish? "
I was quickly reeled in by the authors humorous writing style. I do love a book that can make me giggle after just a few pages.
As well as being funny, the storyline had a homely feel to it, reading it made me feel comfortable, relaxed and welcome. The characters gave me the same feeling, almost like I already knew them. The scenes were easily pictured in my head and the descriptions brought vivid memories of my own sweet shop experiences to mind.
It's amazing how much drama one little sweet shop can create! I was captivated, and sometimes surprised, by the goings on in the little village shop. On top of all the drama there was some kind of secret hanging over the storyline which had me coming up with all sorts of theories and explanations.
Romantically Marnie's life was a bit of a jumble. I got the feeling she wanted something more but hadn't quite figured out exactly what it was that she wanted. As the reader I could see which direction she should have headed but book characters don't always take the easiest route do they!
This was a bright read that left a smile on my face and my taste buds in need of some sweet treats.
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Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.