Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Book Review - Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli by Portia MacIntosh

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Title: Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli
Author: Portia MacIntosh
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 18th May 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

Lily Holmes is ready for a fresh start. And there’s no better place to begin again than the idyllic seaside town of Marram Bay.

All Lily wants to do is focus on making her new deli a success and ensuring her son’s happiness. Not the postcard creeping out of her handbag, and definitely not finding a new man in her life!

But this isn’t going to be as easy as she first thought. The town is in uproar about the city girl who’s dared to join them and she’s fighting a battle at every turn.

Perhaps with a little help from the gorgeous cider farmer next door, she may be able to win them over, but her past secrets threaten to ruin everything…

This is a lovely story about a mother and son starting over in a new place, where they know no-one and need to learn to fit in. The locals of Marram Bay initially aren't friendly as they are opposed to the deli that Lily will be running. 

This has a knock on event of 9 year old Frankie.  Frankie is a star of the book, but nothing in his recent life has been easy. I couldn't help but feel sorry for him most of the time, especially when the kids are predisposed to dislike him, just because of what his mum is doing. 

Thankfully Lily's nearest neighbour, Alfie understands what it is to be an outsider and is determined to turn the locals opinions around of Lily, and also to make Lily really fall in love with the town of Maran Bay.  So there are some lovely outings that are planned between them, and the fact that Alfie is easy on the eyes is a nice bonus. 

Nothing goes smoothly in this book, but was each secrets or change of direction is revealed,  that kept me interested and curious as to what would happen next. 

What did surprise me is for a book featuring a deli in the title that at no point did the book make me feel hungry as you may expect. Which is mildly frustrating as i had held off reading this while other food based books called out to be read first, and I wanted to space them out a bit.  There was a sprinkling of great food descriptions, but on the whole it seemed almost secondary to whether the deli would even get any customers once its open. 

The story is peppered with humour in Portia MacIntosh's typical style and was a sheer pleasure to read this book.  I found this a very fast read, that was incredibly enjoyable.  

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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