Firstly I wish to thank KIM NASH of BOOKOUTURE for inviting me on this BLOG TOUR for
THE BEACHSIDE SWEET SHOP by KAREN CLARKE. Do take a look at Short Book and Scribe
too for another brilliant Blog Tour Stop.
I don’t think that I have ever laughed so much while reading a book!
Chocolate fudge, butterscotch and raspberry bonbons… treat yourself to some sugary treats, a big slice of friendship and a sprinkling of romance at The Beachside Sweet Shop.
When Marnie Appleton inherited a sweet shop from her grandfather she was determined to do his legacy proud. The shop has been a much-loved feature of the little seaside town of Shipley for years, but now Marnie needs to bring it up to date, and she’s recruited gorgeous new assistant Josh to help.
Marnie gets busy redecorating the shop and choosing delicious new sweets to stock, but things are never that simple: new neighbour Isobel, a fame-hungry blogger, is on a crusade against sugar, and she’ll go to any lengths to secure bad publicity for Marnie’s shop.
Marnie fights back with homemade sugar-free treats, but with her best friend Beth heavily pregnant, her grandmother Celia recovering from an operation, and her very recently ex-boyfriend Alex returning to Shipley with a new love, Marnie has a lot on her plate.
And then there’s Josh, with whom Marnie is struggling to keep her relationship strictly professional…Will both the sweet shop and love flourish?
A deliciously heartwarming read about family, friends and handmade coconut ice. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Debbie Johnson, and Tilly Tennant.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well if you enjoy the Bridgett Jones type humour then roll up and step into this delightful Beachside Sweet Shop because boy are you in for a treat. This was a very visual read for me and there were so many times that I just had to stop reading, no that’s not true, there were times when I simply could not read any further because the words were blurred. No it wasn’t a bad copy, I was crying so much I couldn’t see and I feared that I would short circuit my kindle with tears from laughing. This is such a very funny book.
Marnie is the owner of a very olde worlde sweet shop, the sort that stock all those old favourites, pineapple cubes, pear drops, striped candy canes and gobstoppers, the ones that you can suck the memories out of when you close your eyes. It wasn’t her career choice but she had spent hours with her granddad in his pride and joy, this sweet shop, so when he died, Marnie just couldn’t let it go, she gave up her dream of travelling and took over. Well that was two years ago and people still referred to it as her granddad’s shop. Now her friend and very pregnant employee Beth had entered her into a competition and the seaside town’s people had voted for her and she had won. But would this be the making or the breaking for the little sweet shop and Marnie?
Karen Clarke’s characters were entertaining from the first sentence until about 18 months from now when the memories will start fading. I loved getting to know them all. Marnie’s turbulent love life and her quirky clumsiness. Beth and the wickedly hilarious pregnancy and birth. To the more serious issues of family relationships. It is also a story that will stir your own memories of years gone by.
A big fat buy this book with all the sugar coating it has, I savoured every ounce!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HOW TO CONTACT HER
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.