The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke


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


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?



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.


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