“A warm welcome and delicious chocolate gateau are always on the menu at the Bakery at Seashell Cove – and this summer, romance is in the air…
Meg Larson thought she had everything she wanted: she works in the local bakery, she’s months away from marrying her high-school sweetheart, and home is beautiful, sunny Seashell Cove, where the sky is blue, the sea is turquoise and the sand is golden.
Except that the bakery is up for sale and her fiancé Sam’s more interested in bikes than their relationship. When Meg receives shocking news about her family, he’s on a cycling tour and ignoring her calls – and posting selfies on Facebook with a female cyclist he looks far too cosy with…
Luckily the bakery’s estate agent, Nathan, is understanding and funny, and as the summer goes on an unexpected friendship blossoms. When the bakery is given a second lease of life under a mysterious new owner, Meg realises a change might be exactly what she needs too.
Will Meg find the happy-ever-after she dreams of in Seashell Cove?”
This is my first book by this author although I have been meaning to read one of her books for a while as the covers are so alluring, don’t you think? This one perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the book which is a deliciously sweet, summery read.
I love the character os Meg, she is so warm and friendly but slightly hapless and I was rooting for her to get everything she wanted, which is mainly to run The Old Bakery at Seashell Cove – closed since its elderly owner died – which is now up for sale. This is more than Meg’s self-obsessed fiancé, Nathan, wants. He is too wrapped up in his obsession with cycling and being babied by his mother to take much interest in what Meg wants.
Meg is given an amazing opportunity to boost the bakery’s profile when she appears on TV. I really enjoyed this segment of the book, it was terribly funny and a great way to set up other aspects of the story.
The book has twists and turns in the way of Meg’s complicated family and a little whodunnit which keeps us guessing until the end. This is all done in a gentle, amusing way but it keeps the book rolling along nicely.
Meg’s future mother-in-law is a complete horror from who I would have run screaming a lot sooner than Meg did but she provides some great comic moments. There are a lot of fun characters in this book, include a bitchy sister, friendly baker and Meg has a couple of fabulous friends who obviously have their own stories.
The whole thing is an undemanding, easy, fun read, perfect for a hot summer’s day on a sun lounger with a glass of something cool within reach. I can’t wait to catch up on Karen Clarke’s back catalogue.
The Bakery at Seashell Cove is out now and you can buy a copy here.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
About the Author
After giving up her job as a library assistant, Karen now writes full-time. She’s had over 300 stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and abroad, and has written three paranormal romantic comedies, published by Little, Brown/Corsair. When she’s not writing she reads avidly, walks dogs at her local rescue centre, and is eagerly awaiting the next season of The Walking Dead. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.
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