Karen Clarke returns to the blog today with the second in her Beachside Bay series, the small town of Shipley is just full of stories. Please read on for my review of
The Beachside Flower Stall
In the first book (The Beachside Sweet Shop) we had met Marnie, a young woman who desired nothing more than to be elsewhere. In this story, we meet Carrie, who left town years ago after her best friend betrayed her with the man she loved. Now, with her aunt Ruby unwell, Carrie is back to run the shop and help with her aunt’s care, and avoid the traitorous ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend as long as possible. But long is never quite what you expect, when she realizes that her aunt has the commission for wedding flowers for the wedding of those two people.
As with the first book, this one alternated between frustrating and engaging, as early on there was a decided lack of development in the characters: we had the uber bitch, the ‘nice guy’ and Carrie – the ‘good girl’ who never made a fuss. While descriptions were lush, and allowed Shipley to shine, it wasn’t until the background information was shared, and we see the relationship between Carrie and her former friend, and the developing romance with the now-ex boyfriend (aka man who broke her heart). Then Carrie starts to feel more flushed out, and it allowed her relationship with her aunt, and the advice and stories shared with Ruby that gave the story more depth.
Like the first, there are no great big surprises or twists – this is a story of redemption and healing, and reconnecting with your roots. It takes a bit to get there, but the journey is enjoyable and perfect for those moments when a light and uncomplicated read are required.
Title: The Beachside Flower Stall
Author: Karen Clarke
Series: Beachside Bay #2
Also in this series: The Beachside Sweet Shop, The Beachside Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 4 April, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Roses for romance, daisies for hope, daffodils for unrequited love... Drop by The Beachside Flower Stall for friendship, family and a beautiful bouquet.
Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset when her best friend Megan stole her first love, Tom Hudson. Now ten years later, Carrie is back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in the beautiful seaside town of Shipley.
Ruby’s Blooms is a gorgeous little haven bursting with character, but Carrie is in for a real shock. The stall is also arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.
Determined to keep her emotions in check, Carrie finds herself going to great lengths to avoid the happy couple. Soon she’s crawling under the stall to hide and 'accidentally' inventing an imaginary boyfriend…But how long can she keep it up before she comes face to face with the boy who broke her heart?
Can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?
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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