Sunday, 2 July 2017

Book Review - The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop by Tracy Corbett

Fab Firsts is my new regular Sunday feature, that is going to be highlighting books that are firsts. When interviewing authors, it will be about their first book, as well as other firsts in their lives. When reviewing books for this feature, there will be a mix of debuts, first books in a series, the first time I read an author, and possibly other firsts depending on what I can think of!

If you are an author wanting to take part in Fab Firsts then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you.

I hope you enjoy this look at a variety of hopefully fabulous firsts, while making some sort of dent in my review and paperback TBRs which are my current main focus!

This is Tracy Corbett's debut book. 

Amazon UK
Title: The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop
Author: Tracy Corbett
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 3rd July 2017
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The summer romance novel everyone is talking about!

Evie is busy running the Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop and praying for an uplift in sales as soon as possible. She might be in the market of selling romance, but for Evie a new man is the last thing she needs!

That is until plumber Scott Castillo turns up to fix her boiler. She’s definitely not interested. But then, why does she keep ogling his rather attractive forearms? She’s been fooled before - she isn’t about to fall head-over-heels for some smooth-talker, right?

When he isn’t trying to balance paying the bills with caring for his sick mother, Scott has stepped in to help parent his 18-year-old nephew, Ben. Between that and working full time Scott doesn’t have time for romance. Until he meets Evie…

Love doesn’t always bloom the way you expect but for the customers of the Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop it might just be the perfect time for romance…

What a lovely story, focused around three main families and a lovely flower shop. It's a gentle story of relationships, but family and romantic, and is just a really relaxed book to read. 

There is Evie who would like to buy The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop, if only she can raise the funds, the last thing she wants in her life is a new man, but there is just something about Scott the plumber that gets under her skin. 

Scott is struggling, he has a problem that he tries to hide from everyone, and is looking after his mother who is disabled from a stroke, as well as his 18 year old Nephew, Ben.  Ben has fallen in love but not everyone agrees with his relationship with Amy. 

Amy's parents have a horrible dynamic in their relationship and I really feel sorry for Patricia, her mother. No-one deserves to have a husband like David. Patricia plays tennis with Martin, who is married to Laura. Laura is Evie's best friend, and runs a wedding dress shop, but isn't too happy in her marriage either. 

The chapters either focus on Evie, Laura or Patricia and it took me a while to fully work out the relevance of where most of the characters would encounter each other, and I've only mentioned the basics!  

It's the story of  how peoples lives interrelate, and although at times I was slightly confused, I did really enjoy what I was reading. I found myself on numerous occasions frustrated that the characters hadn't got together sooner. 

I enjoyed this book, especially all the flowers and also Evie's new dog who has a real bit of character to him. However my favourite things in the book overall was probably Evie's shoes, I loved the creativity of the different novelty shoes she was finding as bargains on Ebay, or in charity shops. They were quirky and just added a new facet to her personality. 

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

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