Saturday, 6 February 2016

Book Review - A Home in Sunset Bay by Rebecca Pugh

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Title: A Home in Sunset Bay
Author: Rebecca Pugh
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 9th Feb 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

There’s no place like home…
Enough is enough! The always perfect Laurie Chapman had jumped in her car and raced as fast as she could from London heading to Sunset Bay and (she hopes!) the open arms of her estranged sister…

Mia Chapman loves running Dolly’s Diner in the picture-perfect coastal Cornish town of Sunset Bay. Now that her and Grandma Dolly’s dream is finally a reality Mia has never been prouder! Until Laurie suddenly turns up on her doorstep… How can she forgive the sister who walked away?

Once upon a time Mia and Laurie were best friends. Back together after so long, the time has come for the sisters to figure out what went so wrong all those years ago – and whether they can ever put it right!

An uplifting romantic comedy about sisters, friendship and the love of good food.

After seeing the cover revealed for A Home in Sunset Bay, I knew this would be my kind of book, and that I couldn't believe how pretty the cover is. This is the first book that I have read by Rebecca Pugh, and I instantly felt like I was coming home, to  a warm and cosy friend. Sunset Bay sounds like a picturesque place to live, and Dolly's Diner is clearly at the heart of the community. 

Mia Chapman runs Dolly's Diner, which is reminiscent of a 50s style American diner, complete with a jukebox. I had the image of the diner from the Grease in my mind as I was reading this. She is very happy running the diner, and then suddenly her estranged sister Laurie turns up in the middle of a party. 

Laurie has had a tough time of it recently, after walking in on her boyfriend and another woman, and she also realises that she is no longer happy in her job, and hopes her sister will provide some comfort, despite them not having spoken for a few years. 

It was interesting to see the differences in Mia and Laurie's relationships with their parents, and how they slowly rebuilt the relationship. The reason for the estrangement made sense, and slowly the sisters work on their relationship. 

A Home in Sunset Bay is a story about sisterhood, new romances blossoming from friendships, the wonderful diner, and about making your own way in the world. It is written in a cosy style, as it draws you right into what is happening, along with wonderful descriptions, to really build up a fabulous picture of everything in your minds eye. 

I had the same feeling from this book, as I usually get from Katie Fforde's books, of  a small town location, and just the feeling that you have always known these characters as well as your best friends. I loved the writing, and the all the characters that work in the diner. 

I really enjoyed A Home in Sunset Bay, and really hope that Rebecca Pugh can continue to produce books of this quality for a long time.

Thanks so much to Netgalley and Carina for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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