I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke
Published by Bookouture on Date 15 Mar 2018
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Welcome to the Café at Seashell Cove, where you’ll find irresistible home-baked cakes, smiling friendly faces – and maybe even a second chance at love…
When Cassie Maitland needs a holiday from her glamorous but stressful job in event management, she escapes home to gorgeous Seashell Cove, where her family’s cosy café sits perched on the cliffs above sparkling waves and golden sand.
But a lot has changed while Cassie’s been away: her parents have transformed their tired café into a welcoming haven, her friends Meg and Tilly have whole new lives, and old flame Danny’s twinkling eyes and winning smile make Cassie feel even more flustered than they used to.
Keen to throw herself back into local life, Cassie starts to run themed events – including a not entirely successful cat-café day, complete with dozens of felines. Luckily Danny is always around to lend a helping hand, and Cassie soon begins to wonder if her life in London was really all she made it out to be…
Could a new start in Seashell Cove be exactly what Cassie needs?
A heart-warming and hilarious read about friendship, belonging and seaside living. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.
Read what everyone is saying about Karen Clarke: ‘Heartfelt and hilarious… Karen Clarke’s writing is an absolute joy to get lost in…’ Clues and Reviews
‘Karen Clarke has such a knack for writing hilariously funny one-liners. Five Stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews
‘The author has a way of just bringing her novels and the characters to life. They are such fabulous feel-good books… Karen Clarke has become one of my must-read authors and is one I can rely on to cheer me up and chase those bad old blues away.’ By the Letter Book Reviews
‘Blooming marvelous.’ Lilac Mills
‘Funny, heart-warming and entertaining.’ Where the Reader Grows
‘Fantastically funny.’ Jo’s Book Journey
I settled right into this delightful story of an event planner , Cassie , who finds herself at a crossroads in life and has to return home to her parents house because she has lost her job. When Cassie returns home she finds a few changes and is horrified to discover that her parents cannot keep their hands off each other! I had to laugh out loud when Cassie walked in the door to find out her parents were just getting out of bed!! Cassie thinks that she is going to rescue her parents sleepy little seaside cafe but finds out that it is a bustling tourist attraction. Nevertheless Cassie sets up some events in the Cafe like Scrabble night which turns out to be a huge success. Cassie reconnects with old friends and a High School crush Danny. Of course all is not smooth sailing with Danny and he has some competition with an ex-boyfriend from London that turns up and tries to win Cassie back.
Then there is Nan, Cassie’s hilarious grandmother who is trying the minimalist approach and ridding herself of all possessions that are not necessary. Nan is hilarious and has to be my favorite character in this book. Rob, Cassie’s brother has returned home as well after quitting his band and being thrown out of his house by Emma his bossy (according to Cassie) girlfriend. I am hoping the author will write a sequel about Rob and Emma.
I love a picturesque setting in a quiet seaside town with fun quirky characters. Settle in with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy this one!