#BookReview The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke

About the book

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the café at Seashell Cove, where there’s hot chocolate to keep you warm – and the man of your dreams could be waiting…

Interior designer Tilly Campbell loves being carefree and single. But her latest job is redecorating the cosy local café for a Christmas party, and when her friends confess their plans for the big night – including a proposal, a declaration of love and a pregnancy announcement – Tilly starts to wonder if she might be missing out…

Transforming the café into a winter wonderland is more of a challenge than she thought, so when she bumps into gorgeous newcomer Seth, Tilly welcomes the distraction. Seth is a single father, struggling to settle his son Jack into their new cottage, and Tilly is determined to help them make their house into a home in time for Christmas.

But with the café still in chaos just days before the party it looks like it’s going to be a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons… With friends old and new relying on her, can Tilly save the Christmas party?

And could she finally find love waiting for her under the mistletoe? 

Published by Bookouture

Purchase Link

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

Another fabulous installment of the Seashell Cove book series and perfect for getting you in the Christmas mood – whatever time of year you read it!

This book tells the story of Tilly – working at the Cafe as an interior designer, she is a people pleaser and always seems to be thinking of others before herself. She’s recently started going out with Rufus, but isn’t too keen on the socialising aspect of being a girlfriend and this causes a few problems for Rufus who wants her to join him at his brothers wedding. She’s much happier concentrating on work and also turns out to be a bit of a hero when she rescues a young boy from the bay who she spots in trouble one day. His father, Seth, is extremely grateful and has only recently moved to the area and they begin a really sweet friendship – and he needs friends at the moment as he’s dealing with a very overbearing mother who wants custody of his young son.

Seth hopes that Tilly will help him out with the revamp of his coastal home, but his mother has other ideas and somehow Tilly ends up pretending to be his sons’ new nanny to help out and Tilly and Jack also form a really sweet bond! Ooh and not forgetting Digby the dog!

I loved all the characters in this one – Tilly and Seth have both had some tough issues to deal with over the years and you can see how it affects the way that they are! There’s lots of humorous moments throughout along with characters growing up in front of your eyes as they finally get to see their worth, and find themselves doing what they enjoy despite criticism from others. It’s amazing what can be achieved when you put yourself first!

A really enjoyable treat of a  read!!

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#BookReview The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke #20booksofsummer

About 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.

Published by  Bookouture

Purchase Link

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

It always helps when you find yourself laughing at the antics of the characters from page one, and that is what I found myself doing with this book as Cassie returns home to visit her parents! Her parents are so proud of the life she has found herself in – working hard as an events planner – and are always imagining her living such a glamorous lifestyle. The reality is not quite that good and Cassie has returned home as she’s been fired and now doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.

As she returns home to her childhood home, all the feelings she had for the idyllic setting return and she starts trying to help arrange events to help raise the profile of her parents cafe – even though while she has been away, they’ve done an amazing job in redecorating and bringing the cafe into the 21st century. And her efforts don’t exactly go to plan so her confidence takes a big hit!

I loved Cassie and her family – they live life to the fullest and don’t do normal! And while she is back in Seashell Cove she starts to reconnect with old school friends, Tilly, Meg and Danny. He was her schoolgirl crush and seems to be a jack of all trades as he’s helped out her parents and is currently helping her nan with her garden. And even though Cassie has recently split from city boy Adam, she is torn between the lifestyle she had that seemed to make her parents so proud, and a lifestyle of being happy and following her passions in life.

This was such a fun, fresh read and I’ve found another fictional area that I want to move too – alongside a new fictional boyfriend in Danny! I’ve not read anything from this author before BUT that will be changing as I’m looking forward to reading more from her!

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