The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke

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Title: The Beachside Sweet Shop

Author: Karen Clarke

Release Date: March 2nd 2017

Pages: 301

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

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Rating: four-stars

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Chocolate fudge, butterscotch and raspberry bonbons… treat yourself to some sugary treats, a big slice of friendship and a sprinkling of romance at The Beachside Sweet Shop.

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?

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Marnie inherited her grandfather’s sweet shop and she was determined to do his legacy proud. She works with her best friend Beth. Marnie is about to make changes in the shop with recently won money, for which she has to thank her best friend. The shop has been looking the same since she took over and it really needs a fresher look. Marnie’s best friend is pregnant and can’t work for her  anymore, there’s a need for a new assistant. Just when you she needs it the most, a young man Josh comes to the rescue and turns out to be a great assistant. Marnie is trying to get over her ex boyfriend and Josh seems to be the right guy. There’s a lot going on in Marnie’s life, especially all that revolves around the shop and her family. Marnie misses her ex boyfriend Alex, but also feels attracted to Josh, who wins Marnie’s heart?

I enjoyed reading this book, there was always something going on that made it easy to keep the eyes glued to the pages. There was a great amount of friendship, family relations and love. Reading about all these sweets makes you crave for something too. I really liked the idea about the home made sweets and those made my mouth water way more than the regular sweets.  It was a great first book and I can’t wait to read the next.

The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Joyce

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Title: The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts

Author: Jennifer Joyce

Release Date: February 8th 2017

Pages: 342

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Rating: four-half-stars

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From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

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Maddie owns a teashop on Sweet Street, but her business isn’t going very well and if things don’t pick up, she might have to close the shop and all she has worked so hard for will be gone. When her father and a customer Birdie become friends over an apple crumble, she gets an idea to start a new service-speed dating with cakes. Birdie’s son Caleb comes to help Maddie as well. Maddie’s friends, Caleb and cakes  make the perfect combination to save the gorgeous cafe and along the way the girls will find happiness in their personal life as well. Is Maddie willing to give it a go after a horrific break up?

It’s my favorite book by the author, it made me nod in agreement, shake my head at unbelievable moments or laugh out loud at totally funny scenes. All the descriptions about the sweets made me really want to bake something, I haven’t tried to make an apple crumble yet, but after reading this book, I just have to! It was a very enjoyable feel good read.

 

Book releases of February 2017

I’ll bring out the books that have caught my eye for the month of February. The books are in no particular order.

Chick Lit/Womens Fiction:

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Contemporary Romance:

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Romantic Suspense:

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Thriller/Mystery/ Thriller/Psychological Thriller/Suspense:

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Historical Romance:

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Cozy Mystey:

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New Adult:

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Young Adult:

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Sunrise at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

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Title: Sunrise at Butterfly Cove

Series: Butterfly Cove #1

Author: Sarah Bennett

Release Date: February 7th 2017

Pages: 275

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

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Rating: four-stars

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A year of taking chances…

After a nightmare year, Mia Sutherland is hoping for a fresh start! She’s putting the past behind her and pouring all her savings into renovating a crumbling guesthouse in peaceful Butterfly Cove. Nothing will distract her from achieving her dreams!

That is, until her very first guest, Daniel Fitzwilliam arrives – quite possibly, the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. He’s only here for a week, but already Daniel has turned her world upside-down. And as the tide turns, it’s clear that Butterfly Cove has more than one surprise in store for Mia…

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Mia moves to Butterfly cove to renovate the old guesthouse. She needs a fresh start after tragic events that happened in the past. The house needs a lot of work, but she is determined to make it work no matter what.  Daniel is a photographer whose recent decisions in his life  leave him feeling uncomfortable and he decides to hop on a  train and just go away for a while. Without any destination in mind he gets off at the end of the line. When he gets off he realizes he doesn’t have a place to stay, but luckily the same older woman he briefly met on the train comes to his rescue. The older woman Madeline is friends with Mia and despite the fact that the guesthouse is not ready, she drops Daniel off right there. Mia is not really liking the thought of Daniel staying, but eventually agrees to let him stay for a week. Daniel helps Mia with renovations and together they help each other to heal the wounds from the past. Can the two of them find happiness in all the chaos that surrounds them?

It was a good start to the series. There’s more to the story than two broken people finding love in each other. I very much like Mia and Daniel as well as Madeline and her husband, they are all very kind and of course they live in such a lovely place that has a wonderful name and a backstory to it. I am looking forward to return to the Butterfly Cove in the next book.

Beauty and the Wiener by Casey Griffin

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Title: Beauty and the Wiener

Series: A Rescue Dog Romance #2

Author: Casey Griffin

Release Date: February 7th 2017

Pages: 416

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Rating:five-stars

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A TAIL AS OLD AS TIME…

Addison Turner has scripted a perfect future for herself, complete with a fairytale ending. She will become the name in doggie fashion design and live happily ever after with the husband of her dreams—and her dachshund, Princess, by her side. Just when her plan is on track and she’s gaining recognition at the local dog show, Addison is hit with some Oscar-worthy drama. A group of prize-winning show dogs are stolen from under her nose, and she’s stuck asking for help from Felix Vaughn, an infuriatingly hot bartender who is the exact opposite of Prince Charming.

When more dogs go missing—and Felix becomes a suspect—the two team up to clear their names. Although Felix and Addison fight like cats and dogs, there’s an undeniable spark between them. And as the trail to the missing dogs heats up, so does their red-hot chemistry. Can Addison be persuaded to throw away her script to find an ending that just might be better than she ever expected?

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Addison is a dog groomer, who wants to become a name in dog fashion design. She also hopes to find her prince charming to live happily ever after. At an event for show dog owners Addison meets a possible prince charming-Philip Montgomery III, who is handsome and for him money is no problem. Addison also happens to have a rather interesting conversation with the bartender Felix, who is charming and intriguing. While Addison is enjoying a free moment some show dogs go missing and that means a lot of trouble for her. Not long after the first dogs went missing even more dogs disappear. This time it’s not only Addison, but also Felix, who is dragged into the whole mess they had no part in. Addison and Felix decide to find out the truth before it’s too late for the sake of their careers. The more they spend time together, the more they actually get to know each other. Addison has two great men in her life, who is going to be the prince charming in Addison’s life?

It’s the second book in the series, but first that I read, I don’t know when exactly, but I am going to read the first book as well, because I absolutely loved this book, it had all the great elements-romance, mystery, great dialogue and great cast of characters. I very much enjoyed the banter between Addison and Felix, they were just great together. I loved the fact that the book featured dachshunds, as a also have a dachshund myself. I am eagerly waiting for the third book. All in all it was a terrific book!

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Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun by Samantha Tonge

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Title: Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun

Author: Samantha Tonge

Release Date: July 28th 2016

Pages: 313

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance

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Rating:four-stars

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DREAMING OF THE PERFECT MAN?

Kate Golightly needs to move forward and what better way to do that then with a trip to the Cornish coast with best friend and boss, Izzy.

The sea wind is just what Kate needs to finally relax and begin to let go of her past. Except she’s suddenly got one big reason to panic! She RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the Queen Bee of her high school’s wedding saying she’s bringing her boyfriend (she doesn’t have one) who looks just like Ross Poldark!

With only two weeks to find the Poldark look-alike of her dreams Kate is under a lot of pressure for the Cornish coast to deliver…

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Kate works with/for her friend Izzy in a cafe/cocktail bar. Out of the blue she gets a call from an old high school friend and she invites Kate to her wedding. Their conversation unexpectedly comes to a point, where Kate lies about having a boyfriend, who looks like Poldark and of course he’ll be her plus one to the wedding. When Izzy  suggests to go on a trip to Cornwall it doesn’t seem to come at a better time-it’s the perfect time time for Kate to find her own Poldark! Their holiday destination is not what they exactly imagined , it’s in the middle of the changes. While there, Kate meets with two charming men- a chef Lucas and a manager Tremaine. Lucas is handsome and knows how to charm a lady whereas Tremine seems to be mister grumpy. Even though Kate is suppose to enjoy her  vacation, she is happy to help Tremaine with the changes and make the place better. During her stay in Cornwall, is Kate finding her happiness and a plus one to her friend’s wedding?

It was a terrific feel-good book. I really enjoyed the writing style and all the characters. It’s great summery read to enjoy at any time.