Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke @karenclarke123 #BlogTour @bookouture #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Welcome to the Café at Seashell Cove, where you’ll find irresistible home-baked cakes, smiling friendly faces – and maybe even a second chance at love…

When Cassie Maitland needs a holiday from her glamorous but stressful job in event management, she escapes home to gorgeous Seashell Cove, where her family’s cosy café sits perched on the cliffs above sparkling waves and golden sand.

But a lot has changed while Cassie’s been away: her parents have transformed their tired café into a welcoming haven, her friends Meg and Tilly have whole new lives, and old flame Danny’s twinkling eyes and winning smile make Cassie feel even more flustered than they used to.

Keen to throw herself back into local life, Cassie starts to run themed events – including a not entirely successful cat-café day, complete with dozens of felines. Luckily Danny is always around to lend a helping hand, and Cassie soon begins to wonder if her life in London was really all she made it out to be…

Could a new start in Seashell Cove be exactly what Cassie needs?

A heart-warming and hilarious read about friendship, belonging and seaside living. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.

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This story is light hearted and perfect for relaxing with as we experience Cassie's return and all the feelings that come with her visit to her family. There are some wonderful characters who will make you smile and laugh.

I have to admit that it took me a while to come to love Cassie's character as I felt like she sometimes had tunnel vision and couldn't see anything else but her ideas. However she was hoping to help her family and had their best interests at heart she just sometimes went about it in the wrong way. In a way I guess this made me appreciate her character even more because of her flaws and how she was so determined to succeed. I loved Cassie's family dynamic especially the playful sibling relationship she has with her brother. Along with Cassie reconnecting with old friends who I would love to hear more from! 

 There is a lovely warmth to the story that made The Café at Seashell Cove such a pleasure to read. Karen Clarke's writing is witty and easily pulled me into the characters lives in Seashell Cove. The café is definitely somewhere I would love to visit, have coffee and a slice of cake or two!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon- the first, The Café at Seashell Cove is out March 15th 2018. 

Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she's not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women's magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection 'BEHIND CLOSED DOORS...and other Tales with a Twist' 

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.

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