Firstly I wish to thank Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting me to take part on this BLOG TOUR for THE BEACHSIDE FLOWER STALL by KAREN CLARKE
A heartening and uplifting read about lost love, true friendship, and blossoming romance. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Cathy Bramley, and Debbie Johnson.
Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley.
Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.
Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend… But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.
With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Having read The Beachside Sweet Shop and loved it, I just had to read this book too. Oh my, oh my, I am writing this review with the biggest grin just thinking about the situations poor forlorn Carrie gets herself into. Yes I know I shouldn’t laugh about someone in such a state that they hide under a table, with a child and the love of her life’s three legged dog, Hovis, but laugh I did. I am getting in front of myself though as to why she is hiding telling porkies to a little girl she has only just met that would make Pinocchio envious of her.
Rolling back 10 years Carrie and Tom were friends, well Tom was, Carrie had fallen for Tom big style and decided that she would tell him at his birthday bash being thrown by his wealthy parents. For morale support she took along a friend, Megan. Beautiful confident Megan. Double crossing Megan. Now 10 years on Tom and Megan and getting married, with the flowers being provided by The Beachside Flower Stall and Carrie has returned to her home town to help her aunt who is not well and owns the stall hence Carrie is under the table hiding as she sees Tom homing in. Carrie hasn’t had closure on the relationship that she didn’t have in the first place because there wasn’t one, because Tom didn’t ever know how she felt, so her one way feelings have simply been in hibernation while she has lived away, but now she is back it is back to square one. She loves Tom but can’t tell him.
This book has a real good feel factor about it, which definitely should carry a warning stating, Do Not Read This In Public. It certainly causes a reaction in others when you do! I just couldn’t keep my laughing to myself not giggle but laugh. Loved these characters that I wanted to hiss and boo and cheer. What is great about these books is that the end is so predictable but the journey to get there is very unique. All of these characters totally entertained me in their own way. This is a lovely addition to The Beachside series. I want to live there. Just loved it!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.