One of my obsessions is Brit Chick Lit – and while I’ve got many favorites in the genre, Jane Linfoot brings me stories that I can count on for humor, heart and plenty of atmosphere. Back with the second in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, please read on for my review of
Sequins and Snowflakes
I couldn’t wait to return to Cornwall, to Brides by the Sea and the wonderful circle of friends that make a destination wedding a thing of beauty. And I devoured this book in a matter of hours. Then I had to sit down and write a review, and four five attempts two re-reads and a sixth attempt and here is is…. Reviews for books you lose yourself in are far harder to write than the norm.
Sera’s story is front and center – a rather shy and retiring designer who has become all the rage after designing a dress for a celebrity wedding, she’s hit a stumbling block. Her sister’s wedding took away her plans to lie on a beach in Bali and recharge her design muse, and she’s there in Cornwall, unable to make even the first mark in her sketchbook. When you add in her bridesmaid’s dress (Horrid) for the wedding, the minute by minute planner that details each step needed in the next two weeks to make her sister’s wedding work, and the edict that she will be working with the best man (oh wait – there are two), things couldn’t look more regimented and stressful.
The polar opposite of her sister Alice, Sera has always viewed herself as the disappointment, the one everyone either ignores or protects, all with an air of obligation. Alice is scheduled to the minute, gung-ho at business, chic, polished and always in control. Perhaps too much so. Sera prefers to tackle life by the seat of her often unwashed and wrinkled cut offs and tattered tights. The exception for her is her creations: unexpected, wholly fitting and completely unique, guaranteed to bring that sparkle and shine to every bride’s special day.
But with two best men, one a rakish charmer with a tentative connection to honesty, hard work and must-do tasks: the other a man she feels dismissed her without a thought back after university, she’s got no end of challenges ahead. And when Alice goes full-on bridezilla, her groom Dan arrives late and leaves just after, the best men are on a mission to disarm, disrobe and even discombobulate Sera, who really would rather be left alone to stare at a blank piece of paper as she awaits inspiration, it’s friends, drinks, an unexpected snowfall and some drunken revelations that put her on track, and realign her relationship with her family all while offering her a chance at something unexpected.
A wonderful story that brings back familiar characters, takes us through the small seaside town and delivers a wedding that is sure to inspire many, you won’t go wrong with this series.
Just in case there is doubt… I’m already campaigning for a Valentine’s Day installment in this series….
Title: Sequins and Snowflakes
Author: Jane Linfoot
Series: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea #2
Also in this series: Cupcakes and Confetti
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Holiday Themed, Romantic Elements
Published by: Harper Impulse
Published on: 30 September, 2016
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The snow is falling around Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, and wedding dress designer Seraphina East is in her cosy studio designing exquisite dresses to make even the most demanding bride’s dreams come true.
Unless the bride is her big sister Alice of course. Saying that the two sisters don’t always see eye to eye is an understatement. Alice hasn’t even asked Sera to design her wedding dress. But when an absent groom and ill-fitting dress threaten to ruin Alice’s happiness let alone her big day, Sera’s determined to give her sister the winter wedding of her dreams even if that means keeping not one but two irresistibly gorgeous best men under control
Is Sera going to end up being the maid of dishonour? Or will repairing her frozen relationship with Alice be the icing on the wedding cake?
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.