Karen Clarke returns us to Seashell Cove with the second in this contemporary series, this one is Meg’s story. Please read on for my review of
The Bakery at Seashell Cove
Meg is one of three lifelong school friends, all now living in or around Seashell Cove. She, Cassie and Tillie have renewed their friendships and provide support, laughs and plenty of good memories. But, with Meg now going to marry Sam, her high school boyfriend, with all of the associated family pressures from wedding plans to grandchildren – she’s finding that her life isn’t all she hoped for. She bakes cakes – gorgeous popular cakes, and was the pastry chef for the Old Bakery – until the owner died and her job there ended. Without a will in place, the bakery is slated for sale – and Meg isn’t happy – she wants to bake her cakes and has dreams that another owner will hire her to manage the business.
Not everyone is thrilled with Meg’s rather loosely defined plans. Her mother is pushing for a grandchild, more now than ever with her neighbor and best friend Kath’s new grandson, a child she dotes on, unlike his mother who, married to a rich older man, is soon looking for her next thing that will bring her accolades and ‘happiness’. Sam, Meg’s fiancé is a selfish and self-absorbed man – working on his training for a bicycle trip from Paris to Geneva – anything that interferes with his own interests – that Meg may want- get a passive-aggressive, are you sure, or is that realistic with the wedding. We won’t even discuss his family- far too involved in the minute details of their life, with only his father being truly welcoming and understanding. But, not all is lost – as the estate agent in charge of the sale of the bakery is one very adorable Nathan, filling in while his brother recovers from an accident – and he’s instantly drawn to both Meg’s passion for baking and the easy camaraderie they have. His passion (and feelings ) for Meg are clearly evident to the soon to be anonymous (but almost not really to anyone but Meg) buyer who, after her appearance on a show dedicated to highlighting ‘Hidden Gems” throughout Britain airs, and Meg both spills her guts and shares her passion for cakes and baking.
This was adorable, and far more a very late coming of age story for Meg: she’s spent her entire life adjusting (or even ignoring) what she wants to make others happy. It was frustrating to watch her dance about issues and her own emotions, afraid to speak up, or worried that her own dreams are not realistic enough, or she isn’t good enough to make them happen. When you add in her own mother’s agoraphobia, Sam’s half-interest in anything that doesn’t put him first, and Meg’s own unfamiliarity with her own emotions and desires, it did take her a bit to get her feet under her. And, far from an easy journey, she’s hit with many different situations, choices and decisions that usually come when you are half her age…. It’s understandable that it takes her time to absorb the changes, and with the help of her best friends, her fiancé’s younger sister and a push from people who ‘know of what they speak” she bites the bullet and reaches for the things she wants most. Lovely character development, some intriguing situations and the constant support from friends gives Meg the start on her new, grown-up life that she so desperately deserves.
Title: The Bakery at Seashell Cove
Author: Karen Clarke
Series: Seashell Cove #2
Also in this series: The Café at Seashell Cove
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 8 June, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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?
An uplifting, laugh-out-loud rom com that will make you dream of romantic days at the beach. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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