Thursday, 2 March 2017

Book Review - The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke

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Title:  The Beachside Sweet Shop
Author: Karen Clarke
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 2nd March 2017 
Rating: 5 Stars

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? 

Every now and then, you read the perfect book for your current mood, at just the right time, and for me The Beachside Sweet Shop was one such book. I had struggled with my previous read a bit, and starting to wonder if with new stresses on my time, whether I could still sit and devour a book in a relatively short time, and thankfully I picked The Beachside Sweet Shop. It has completely put my mind to rest, and at the same time provided me with a wonderfully enjoyable story, and a whole new seaside town to fall in love with. 

I knew this was going to be the right sort of book for my me, when within the first page turn I was laughing out loud, in fact the opening exchanges between Marnie and her sweet supplier, set the tone for this book, as light hearted, and not afraid to make jokes. 

As you may have guessed a lot of the action in this book is centred around Marnie's sweetshop. Although I have a sweet tooth I've always been more of a chocolate than sweet person, so thankfully I didn't get too hungry while reading, however if you love your sweets than I suggest you get a bag of them to nibble on while reading. 

The Beachside Sweet Shop is a rather olde-world style shop, designed to remind people of their childhoods, it serves sweets in imperial measurements, and even has a pick and mix section. Marnie hasn't really made many changes to the shop since taking it over two years ago after her beloved grandfather's death. She isn't even sure she wasn't to still be in Shipley, running a sweet shop, and is determined to leave it all behind one day to satisfy her wanderlust. 

Despite winning a local business award, things aren't smooth sailing for Marnie, as she attracts the attention of new neighbour Isobel. Isobel is a blogger who hopes to get a book deal and decides that campaigning against sweet shops will get her one. She is determined to rid Shipley of its sweet shop and then take them on elsewhere. 

At the same time Marnie also acquired a new shop assistant, a gorgeous skateboarding dude, who also does close up magic, and seems to know his way around a sweet shop. She doesn't know much about Josh but he seems like a nice guy and he did help her out of a bit of a bind. 

I really enjoyed reading Marnie's story, her friendship with Beth, all about Marnie's family, and of course the campaign involving the sweet shop. There is one memorable and funny scene involving Marnie and Coconut Ice, that really attacked my funny bone!  

The Beachside Sweet Shop is an easy to read book, with some wonderful characters, including busybody neighbour - Doris Day, some delicious sweets, potential for romance and plenty of laughs. It was a delight to read and I am already looking forward to returning to Shipley in The Beachside Flower Stall. 

Thank you so much to Bookouture and Netgalley for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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