Emma Davies comes to the blog with a lovely story of a young woman’s self-discovery during a competition between three brothers in
The Little Shop on Silver Linings Street
Let me start out by saying I LOVED this book, from the tie-in to The House at Hope Corner and The Beekeeper’s Cottage, to the lovely portrayal of the very (at first) buttoned-up Daisy, who seemed to exist in a small, contained box. But the owner of Buchanan’s, the jewelry store in which Daisy works has a plan: she has three sons to take over the business when she retires to Spain with her new love. This isn’t a straightforward process, however, as she has made it clear that each of her sons must spend a day with Daisy, getting to know her, and to choose (either made or self-designed) a piece of jewelry to suit her, making sure they know why their choice is the perfect one. The winner will be chosen by both Bea and Daisy, and they shall run the shop.
The whole concept has Daisy tied in knots. She’s a creature of routine, with few possessions and fewer ‘daring’ genes. Sure, she had her reasons, and some very specific peculiarities that seemed to contradict her working in an upscale jewelry shop, selling expensive and showy pieces for the past eight years – but this only served to highlight her very unique outlook on the world, and made her imagination and skills all that more astounding when they are finally revealed. And each day with the sons, first with Bertie the “fun loving’ son who is the peacemaker between the brothers, and currently managing the books. We see his efforts to put Daisy at ease and challenge her limited ‘choices’, from food to drinks to even enjoying a fun fair at a Christmas market. Always gentle and attuned to her every emotion, she and Bertie had time to chatter and discover one another, and her pointed questions about materialism and purpose left him thinking. Second day was with Lawrence – the bullying, snobbish and highly strung eldest brother – one who wants always to win, when things he desires are not handed to him. Their day was as expected – a trip to Harrods where he tried, and failed, to gain advantage through a series of tricks – from walking her through the fine jewelry section to grilling a specific “personal shopper” for advice. While Daisy and the shopper, Monique, got on beautifully, the information Lawrence was able to use was slim – and left Daisy on the verge of migraine.
Lastly we have Kit, the constant ‘shop assistant’ that Daisy feels is lazy and uninterested. Kit’s always had his own agenda that doesn’t match with others, and when a holiday wreath making class brings Daisy to Hope Flower Farm, and her idea to mix jewelry and a wreath are born, it also opens up a whole world of confidence in her own design and abilities. With Flora, Grace, and Amos all cheering her on and expressing delight in her work, and a commission from a random Instagram message all allow her to start speaking her mind, discovering Kit in a new light, and sharing her own rough childhood experience with him – the story takes shape. Still unsteady on her feet, Daisy isn’t prone to trusting anyone, and when a slip of the tongue has her believing that Kit was “cheating” to get an advantage in the competition – she’s devastated.
This is, like many of Davies’ stories, a bit of a slow burn with the main character finding their own sense of purpose and unleashing their potential in ways unexpected, and with plenty of sideline cheerleading from the folks at the flower farm. Daisy’s comfort in her own home, her own safe little box, and the need to feel safe and content with what she has are paramount to her well-being, but it is her imagination and ability to translate her own romantic sensibilities into the perfect items for everyone she encounters that allows the story to sing. Her childhood put her into a state of constant watchfulness, allowing her to translate often vague statements into their essence – and bring the ‘perfect’ option to each person she encounters. With plenty of twists, lots of encouragement and a dash of love that is so perfectly placed one can’t help but smile, this story brings the magic and possibility of the season alight, and allows Daisy to blossom into all that she will become – with plenty of new friends and support along the way. A favorite for sure, and one that serves as a lovely introduction to those unfamiliar with this author – trust me, if this is your first by Emma Davies, it most certainly won’t be your last.
Title: The Little Shop on Silver Linings Street
Author: Emma Davies
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Woman's Fiction
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 16 October, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Thirty-two-year-old Daisy Turner has worked at Buchanan’s Family Jewellers since the day she finally escaped her troubled home. With a unique talent for matching the perfect piece of jewellery to any romantic milestone, she painstakingly polishes each stunning creation every morning and safely locks them away each night, longing for the day she’ll have a love story to call her own…
But everything changes one day in December when the owner announces she is retiring. She will leave the shop to whichever of her three sons creates the perfect piece of Christmas jewellery for Daisy.
In danger of losing the job that once saved her, Daisy is catapulted out of her comfort zone as each of the brothers sweeps her off her feet to find out what her heart truly desires. Between ice-skating, starlight shopping and cosy candle-lit dinners, it’s only handsome and guarded youngest brother Kit who really seems to be listening. Because Daisy has a secret. Every night, when the shop closes, she lays out her tools in neat rows and creates sparkling designs of her own…
As Christmas Day approaches, Daisy’s growing feelings for Kit fill her with a confidence she never knew she had. But as the brothers present their elaborate gemstone masterpieces, she’s in for the shock of her life… Was Kit using her to get ahead in the competition all along? Or has he truly worked out the one thing she has always longed for?
They say all good things come in small packages, but the best things don’t need wrapping at all…
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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