Thank you for joining me today for my stop on the blog tour for Aphrodite's Closet by Suzy Turner. I will be sharing my review, an extract and there is also a fab giveaway to enter. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
BY SUZY TURNER
Genre: Chick Lit
Release Date: May 2017
Agatha Trout didn’t even know she had a Great Aunt Petunia, so imagine her surprise when she finds Petunia left her a corner shop in her will. But it’s not just any old corner shop—it’s a corner shop that needs something unique, something the town of Frambleberry has never seen before. Influenced by her confident best friend, Coco, Agatha is soon convinced that there’s only one way to go: an adults-only sex shop.
While some of the townspeople are clutching their pearls in horror, others are open to the new experiences this shop offers. But not everyone in Frambleberry is convinced. Will the women soldier on in the face of violent threats or will their fears get the best of them—and their new venture—before it even gets off the ground?
“What about wool?” Aggie suggested.
“What about wool?”
“A wool shop?”
“A wool shop?”
“Are you just going to repeat after me all morning?”
Coco shook her head and put her hand on top of Aggie’s. “Aggie, honey. You’re twenty-eight years old, not seventy-eight. Why, oh why would you want to sell wool to all the old biddies of Frambleberry all day long?”
Aggie shrugged, “It wouldn’t be so bad. Some of those old biddies are quite lovely.”
“Oh yeah, I forgot they’re some of your neighbours. You really need to find yourself another house. Living in a bungalow is for retired people,” she mouthed as an old lady walked past and scowled at her"
Coco raised her eyebrows and returned her attention to Aggie.
“Come on, there must be an alternative business opportunity needed in this town. Oh my God. I mean, seriously O-M-G,”
“What? What Coco?”
Coco began to grin at her best friend as she sat up straight. “I’ve got it. It’s bloody brilliant. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier. It’s perfect and it’s a proper money earner, Aggie. There’s potential to earn squillions here. Oh my God…I’m so excited. I could so help with the decor. I’ve got ideas swimming about in my head already. We must get on to suppliers right away. I know a few people who might be able to help, come to think of it. Dickie from Saffron Walden, for example, he owes me a favour. And there’s Selena from Frome. Oh and I must ring Alison, although I think she’s in Edinburgh at the moment. I’ll wait ‘til the weekend. Oh this is going to be so much fun. Drink up, Agg. We need to get going. We’ve got masses to do. Come on, let’s…”
Coco stopped short and stared at her friend. “What?”
Aggie closed her eyes for a moment and shook her head.
“What’s up, honey?”
“Have you listened to yourself? You’re getting so carried away. But there’s just one little something you haven’t mentioned yet.”
“Oh really, what’s that?” Coco replied innocently.
“What kind of shop are you talking about?”
Coco slapped her own forehead and started to chuckle, “Oh right. Sorry…Aggie. You’re going to open the town’s first…sex shop!”
As soon as I read the blurb I had to read Aphrodite's Closet mainly because it sounded like lots of fun. It's not everyday a towns first adult shop opens up. It's guaranteed to bring all sorts of laughs, embarrassment and shock value to the people of the town. So what did I think...
It was so easy to like Aggie, she is quite reserved but kind and I loved how brave she was in her decision to open Aphrodite's Closet. It was great to have Coco as her best friend they were almost like complete opposites personality wise. This was a lovely contrast and they worked so well together because of this. Coco really helped Aggie step out of her comfort zone and take a leap of faith in their new business venture. It really is a delight to see Aggie emerge each day more confident than the last with the whole experience being a positive one for Aggie. Even if someone does not agree with their idea of running an adult sex shop in Frambleberry (by the way I love the town's name)
The story was easy to get into and moved along at a really good pace along with being light hearted for the most part and fun at times too. I loved the added bit of history to the story as Aggie looks into the buildings past aswell as discovering more about her Great Aunt Petunia. The descriptions of the old building sounded wonderful and really brought the place to life. With a few giggles, great characters and the additional subplot with the threats it made this book all the more entertaining.
A fun and quirky story that definitely grabbed my attention!
With thanks to Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
About the author
Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, two neurotic dogs and a cat.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo, We Stand Against Evil (), , and .
In 2015 she launched her popular 40+ lifestyle blog which continues to go from strength to strength, while just over a year later, she trained to become a yoga instructor. Suzy continues to write, blog and teach yoga in one of Portugal’s loveliest settings - the Algarve.
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