The Bakery at Seashell Cove: A feel good, laugh out loud romantic comedy

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‘I absolutely adore this… Stunning… This novel is absolutely fantastic.’ The Cosiest Corner, 5 stars

 

Meg Larson thought she had everything she wanted: she works in the local bakery, she’s months away from marrying her high-school sweetheart, and home is beautiful, sunny Seashell Cove, where the sky is blue, the sea is turquoise and the sand is golden.

 

Except that the bakery is up for sale and her fiancé Sam’s more interested in bikes than their relationship. When Meg receives shocking news about her family, he’s on a cycling tour and ignoring her calls – and posting selfies on Facebook with a female cyclist he looks far too cosy with...

 

Luckily the bakery’s estate agent, Nathan, is understanding and funny, and as the summer goes on an unexpected friendship blossoms. When the bakery is given a second lease of life under a mysterious new owner, Meg realises a change might be exactly what she needs too.

 

Will Meg find the happy-ever-after she dreams of in Seashell Cove?

 

An uplifting, laugh-out-loud rom com that will make you dream of romantic days at the beach. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.

 

What readers are saying about The Bakery at Seashell Cove:

 

I absolutely loved it… Touched my heart … Absolutely wonderful… If I could give this book more than five stars I really, really would… Uplifting, feel good and absolutely beautiful. I adored it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

Such an amazing read, I just didn't want to put it down. It's worth far more than the five stars I have given it… Full of romance… Funny and heart-warming… Fantastic read, I highly recommend it… Simply fantastic read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

Wonderful… Heart-warming and funny… Absolutely perfect… Had me hook, line and sinker right from page one… Delight in every single word.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

Sent my pulse racingI fell head over heels in love… Will certainly have your heart melting… Extremely hard to put downA deliciously, wondrous story that you will devour within no time at all. It is escapism at its finest and I really enjoyed every minute of it.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

Delightfully brilliant!... I absolutely LOVED this book… Truly magical… It would take a person made of stone to not fall in love… This book made me feel the happiest I have felt in a long time… I felt as though I was on cloud nine… I truly didn’t want the story to endSimply perfect.The Writing Garnet, 5 stars

 

An absolute joy to read… A warm, romantic, feel-good read… The perfect piece of escapism!Dash Fan Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

I couldn’t put it down… Highly recommended, I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

Laugh out loud… I couldn’t put it down… I highly recommend this book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

I loved this story, it swept me away to a quaint English seaside village where anything could happen and where a happy ending is guaranteed… If you love Jenny Colgan, then Karen Clarke should be on your to-be-read list.’ For the Love of Books, 5 stars

 

Ticked all the boxes for me… Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.’ B for Book Review, 5 stars

 

‘Must be read if you like a very good, feel-good summer read full of love and hope with the bonus of tasty treats… Karen Clarke has very quickly become one of my favourite authors.’ Chells and Books, 5 stars

 

‘Karen Clarke is quickly becoming one of my must-read authorsLoved the story… The perfect cosy read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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Published on
Jun 8, 2018
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Pages
306
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ISBN
9781786813640
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Humor / Topic / Marriage & Family
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‘Within the first page turn I was laughing out loud… It was a delight to read.’ 5* Rachel’s Random Reads

 

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?

 

A deliciously heartwarming read about family, friends and handmade coconut ice. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Debbie Johnson, and Tilly Tennant.

 

What people are saying about The Beachside Sweet Shop:

 

‘I do love a book that can make me giggle after just a few pages. As well as being funny, the storyline had a homely feel to it, reading it made me feel comfortable, relaxed and welcome…It’s amazing how much drama one little sweet shop can create! I was captivated, and sometimes surprised, by the goings on in the little village shop…a bright read that left a smile on my face and my taste buds in need of some sweet treats.’ 5* V Family Fun

 

‘I smiled all of the way through this gorgeous heart-warming read. A lot of the sweets reminded me of my childhood. The fictional Seaside town of Shipley sounds gorgeous, I almost packed my bags and started looking on TripAdvisor for a place to stay. The characters and storyline are just everything I adore in a book. I can honestly say that I felt quite sad to be saying farewell to everyone at the end.’ 5* The Reading Shed

 

‘Brilliant! Such a beautiful, heart warming story! Loved every word! So well written. A magical, feel good tale. Loved, loved, loved. Highly recommend it to everyone.’ Renita D’Silva

 

‘I really loved this! It was like a breath of fresh air…I may also point out the bright bold and beautiful cover for this book…from the minute I saw it I wanted to read this book.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Fun, light hearted and fast paced.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Highly recommended :)’ 4* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Had me laughing out loud.’ 4* Consumer reviewer

 

‘So funny…I’d recommend this book to everyone.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Nostalgia in buckets (& spades?)…brilliant characters you instantly love.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Fantastically funny…an entertaining read.’ Jo’s Book Journey

 

‘A sweet and charming read.’ 4* Pretty Little Book Reviews

 

‘I really enjoyed this book … all the characters were lovable.’ 5* Katie’s Book Ends

 

‘This book was a great read, so easy to dive into and get lost…Highly recommend it…dive in and forget the world around you.’ 4* Trish B’s Blog

 

‘Such a sweet book (sorry, couldn’t resist)… A really cute, sweet (sorry, I did it again) read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.’ 5* Lilac Mills

 

‘I can’t wait to read the next.’ 4* Lilina Reads

 

‘A delightful British love story.’ For the Love of Books

 

‘Such a fun filled happy read…Loved it.’ 4* Goodreads reviewer 

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A debut collection of witty, biting essays laced with a surprising warmth, from Jen Mann, the writer behind the popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat
 
People I want to punch in the throat:
• anyone who feels the need to bling her washer and dryer
• humblebraggers
• people who treat their pets like children
 
Jen Mann doesn’t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers’ night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker’s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her book.

Praise for People I Want to Punch in the Throat
 
“People I Want to Punch in the Throat is so good that it’ll make you want to adopt all the cats in the world. I’m not sure about the correlation, but it’s that good. It should come with a warning.”—Jenny Lawson, author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
 
“Jen Mann has an amazing way of telling stories that will make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time. From swinger parties to racist toddlers, she makes the suburbs unbelievably funny.”—Karen Alpert, author of I Heart My Little A-Holes
 
“Jen Mann says the things we’re all too afraid to say. Her honest and hilarious writing style reminds me of David Sedaris and Tina Fey.”—Robin O’Bryant, author of Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves
 
“Jen Mann’s shrewd and unrelenting assault on the absurdity of suburban life is an honest peek into the occasional nightmare that is part of living the American dream. I love Jen. I wish she was my neighbor. It’s so refreshing to know that I’m not the only one who wants to punch almost everyone in the f***ing throat.”—Nicole Knepper, author of Moms Who Drink And Swear

“I really fell for this storyline hook, line and sinker… a beautiful, touching storyline which will have you feeling fuzzy from your head to your toes, and possibly your shoulders and knees in between.” The Writing Garnet

 

Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley.

 

Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.

 

Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend... But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.

 

With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?

 

Read what people are saying about The Beachside Flower Stall:

“Heartfelt and hilarious…Karen Clarke’s writing is an absolute joy to get lost in…This book is truly the perfect book to get lost in for an afternoon.” 5* Clues and Reviews

“The author has a way of just bringing her novels and the characters to life. They are such fabulous feel good books…Tom, what can I say. I think I was in love with him as much as Carrie and Megan…A colourful and light-hearted read. This is a series that will have fans falling over themselves to get their hands on a copy. It really is that good.” 5* By the Letter Book Reviews

“A delightful feel good story about finding yourself.” 4* For the Love of Books

“A complete pleasure…the pages were flying past, as I just kept on needing to read…I was really caught up in the stories and lives of the people in Shipley…I thoroughly enjoyed it.” 5* Rachel’s Random Reads

“What a lovely, evocative story!...Wow! A beautiful story of lost love and coming of age and new beginnings. Written with heart. Loved it! Cannot wait for more by this author.” 5* Renita D’Silva

“Carrie is a terrific heroine…The plot is fast moving and filled with wonderful scenes…Ms Clarke has created a village filled with wonderful people, beautiful scenery and kindness around every corner. It is a lovely place to vacation for a time.” 5* Goodreads reviewer

“I loved this book.” 5* Goodreads reviewer

“An easy to read, feel good story. Ideal escapism.” 5* Consumer reviewer

“A seriously fun, happy and heart-warming book. A must-buy, must-read for all chick lit and romance readers.” 4* Goodreads reviewer

“I really enjoyed this book…Karen Clarke has a relaxed and easy to read approach to her books with fantastic storylines…What a real treat to read.” 5* Goodreads reviewer

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from Aziz Ansari, the star of Master of None and one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

‘I about fell out of my chair laughing… Hysterical… One of my favorite authors… Perfect… So many laughs my sides were sore after reading!… Hilarious.’ Novel Gossip, 5 stars

 

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.

 

Read what everyone is saying about The Café at Seashell Cove:

 

‘Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this novel, it was so easy to read, light-hearted and hilarious that I couldn't put it down… I would 110% recommend this book. It's the perfect story to get you excited for summer… It left me feeling all warm inside.’ The Cosiest Corner, 5 stars

 

‘I loved this book so much I devoured it in one sitting… You will find yourself gasping out loud and laughing… Excellent read.’ Shaz’s Book Blog

 

‘Absolutely fantastic… I couldn’t help but laugh… A perfect break from reality!’ Chells and Books, 5 stars

 

‘Totally amazing… So heart-warming while funny as well… An excellent book from the first page, has you hooked and so well written. I highly recommend reading this.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Fabulous… With every book I read of Karen Clarke's she is becoming a firm favourite of mine… This is a warm-hearted, uplifting story of family, romance, and of being true to yourself and I would recommend it to anyone.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

 

‘To say I was excited to receive this book was the understatement of the year! I’ve read all of Karen’s books and have loved every one of them! This one was no exception… A very funny book!... An absolutely perfect story to lounge around on the beach with… Fantastic!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I laughed out loud… A truly beautiful, cosy and touching novel… It will leave you feeling the most loved person in the world.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars

 

‘I absolutely loved it… Fantastic.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Heart-warming, funny, and utterly charming.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘A really funny, sweet, romantic book by Karen which you won't regret picking up… You'll be sure to enjoy this read, especially on the beach in the summer!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A feel-good novel that I really enjoyed reading. I will definitely need to check out this author's other books.’ Bookworm Corner

 

‘I didn’t want to put it down… Delightful.’ Fabulous Book Fiend

 

‘Funny and cosy… Strongly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A really fun summer read.’ Twitter review, 5 stars

‘Within the first page turn I was laughing out loud… It was a delight to read.’ 5* Rachel’s Random Reads

 

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?

 

A deliciously heartwarming read about family, friends and handmade coconut ice. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Debbie Johnson, and Tilly Tennant.

 

What people are saying about The Beachside Sweet Shop:

 

‘I do love a book that can make me giggle after just a few pages. As well as being funny, the storyline had a homely feel to it, reading it made me feel comfortable, relaxed and welcome…It’s amazing how much drama one little sweet shop can create! I was captivated, and sometimes surprised, by the goings on in the little village shop…a bright read that left a smile on my face and my taste buds in need of some sweet treats.’ 5* V Family Fun

 

‘I smiled all of the way through this gorgeous heart-warming read. A lot of the sweets reminded me of my childhood. The fictional Seaside town of Shipley sounds gorgeous, I almost packed my bags and started looking on TripAdvisor for a place to stay. The characters and storyline are just everything I adore in a book. I can honestly say that I felt quite sad to be saying farewell to everyone at the end.’ 5* The Reading Shed

 

‘Brilliant! Such a beautiful, heart warming story! Loved every word! So well written. A magical, feel good tale. Loved, loved, loved. Highly recommend it to everyone.’ Renita D’Silva

 

‘I really loved this! It was like a breath of fresh air…I may also point out the bright bold and beautiful cover for this book…from the minute I saw it I wanted to read this book.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Fun, light hearted and fast paced.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Highly recommended :)’ 4* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Had me laughing out loud.’ 4* Consumer reviewer

 

‘So funny…I’d recommend this book to everyone.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Nostalgia in buckets (& spades?)…brilliant characters you instantly love.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Fantastically funny…an entertaining read.’ Jo’s Book Journey

 

‘A sweet and charming read.’ 4* Pretty Little Book Reviews

 

‘I really enjoyed this book … all the characters were lovable.’ 5* Katie’s Book Ends

 

‘This book was a great read, so easy to dive into and get lost…Highly recommend it…dive in and forget the world around you.’ 4* Trish B’s Blog

 

‘Such a sweet book (sorry, couldn’t resist)… A really cute, sweet (sorry, I did it again) read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.’ 5* Lilac Mills

 

‘I can’t wait to read the next.’ 4* Lilina Reads

 

‘A delightful British love story.’ For the Love of Books

 

‘Such a fun filled happy read…Loved it.’ 4* Goodreads reviewer 

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?

A heart-warming, hilarious read about friendship, family and the meaning of Christmas. Perfect for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Holly Martin and Debbie Johnson! 

What readers are saying about Karen Clarke:
‘I absolutely loved it… Touched my heart … Absolutely wonderful… If I could give this book more than five stars I really, really would… Uplifting, feel good and absolutely beautiful. I adored it.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Such an amazing read, I just didn't want to put it down. It's worth far more than the five stars I have given it… Full of romance… Funny and heart-warming… Fantastic read, I highly recommend it… Simply fantastic read.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Wonderful… Heart-warming and funny… Absolutely perfect… Had me hook, line and sinker right from page one… Delight in every single word.’ Stardust Book Reviews

‘Sent my pulse racing… I fell head over heels in love… Will certainly have your heart melting… Extremely hard to put down… A deliciously, wondrous story that you will devour within no time at all. It is escapism at its finest and I really enjoyed every minute of it.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

‘Delightfully brilliant!... I absolutely LOVED this book… Truly magical… It would take a person made of stone to not fall in love… This book made me feel the happiest I have felt in a long time… I felt as though I was on cloud nine… I truly didn’t want the story to end… Simply perfect.’ The Writing Garnet

‘An absolute joy to read… A warm, romantic, feel-good read… The perfect piece of escapism!’ Dash Fan Book Reviews

‘I couldn’t put it down… Highly recommended, I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Laugh out loud… I couldn’t put it down… I highly recommend this book!’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I loved this story, it swept me away to a quaint English seaside village where anything could happen and where a happy ending is guaranteed… If you love Jenny Colgan, then Karen Clarke should be on your to-be-read list.’ For the Love of Books

‘Ticked all the boxes for me… Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.’ B for Book Review

‘Karen Clarke is quickly becoming one of my must-read authors… Loved the story… The perfect cosy read.’ Goodreads reviewer

“I really fell for this storyline hook, line and sinker… a beautiful, touching storyline which will have you feeling fuzzy from your head to your toes, and possibly your shoulders and knees in between.” The Writing Garnet

 

Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley.

 

Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.

 

Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend... But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.

 

With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?

 

Read what people are saying about The Beachside Flower Stall:

“Heartfelt and hilarious…Karen Clarke’s writing is an absolute joy to get lost in…This book is truly the perfect book to get lost in for an afternoon.” 5* Clues and Reviews

“The author has a way of just bringing her novels and the characters to life. They are such fabulous feel good books…Tom, what can I say. I think I was in love with him as much as Carrie and Megan…A colourful and light-hearted read. This is a series that will have fans falling over themselves to get their hands on a copy. It really is that good.” 5* By the Letter Book Reviews

“A delightful feel good story about finding yourself.” 4* For the Love of Books

“A complete pleasure…the pages were flying past, as I just kept on needing to read…I was really caught up in the stories and lives of the people in Shipley…I thoroughly enjoyed it.” 5* Rachel’s Random Reads

“What a lovely, evocative story!...Wow! A beautiful story of lost love and coming of age and new beginnings. Written with heart. Loved it! Cannot wait for more by this author.” 5* Renita D’Silva

“Carrie is a terrific heroine…The plot is fast moving and filled with wonderful scenes…Ms Clarke has created a village filled with wonderful people, beautiful scenery and kindness around every corner. It is a lovely place to vacation for a time.” 5* Goodreads reviewer

“I loved this book.” 5* Goodreads reviewer

“An easy to read, feel good story. Ideal escapism.” 5* Consumer reviewer

“A seriously fun, happy and heart-warming book. A must-buy, must-read for all chick lit and romance readers.” 4* Goodreads reviewer

“I really enjoyed this book…Karen Clarke has a relaxed and easy to read approach to her books with fantastic storylines…What a real treat to read.” 5* Goodreads reviewer

‘I about fell out of my chair laughing… Hysterical… One of my favorite authors… Perfect… So many laughs my sides were sore after reading!… Hilarious.’ Novel Gossip, 5 stars

 

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.

 

Read what everyone is saying about The Café at Seashell Cove:

 

‘Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this novel, it was so easy to read, light-hearted and hilarious that I couldn't put it down… I would 110% recommend this book. It's the perfect story to get you excited for summer… It left me feeling all warm inside.’ The Cosiest Corner, 5 stars

 

‘I loved this book so much I devoured it in one sitting… You will find yourself gasping out loud and laughing… Excellent read.’ Shaz’s Book Blog

 

‘Absolutely fantastic… I couldn’t help but laugh… A perfect break from reality!’ Chells and Books, 5 stars

 

‘Totally amazing… So heart-warming while funny as well… An excellent book from the first page, has you hooked and so well written. I highly recommend reading this.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Fabulous… With every book I read of Karen Clarke's she is becoming a firm favourite of mine… This is a warm-hearted, uplifting story of family, romance, and of being true to yourself and I would recommend it to anyone.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

 

‘To say I was excited to receive this book was the understatement of the year! I’ve read all of Karen’s books and have loved every one of them! This one was no exception… A very funny book!... An absolutely perfect story to lounge around on the beach with… Fantastic!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I laughed out loud… A truly beautiful, cosy and touching novel… It will leave you feeling the most loved person in the world.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars

 

‘I absolutely loved it… Fantastic.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Heart-warming, funny, and utterly charming.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘A really funny, sweet, romantic book by Karen which you won't regret picking up… You'll be sure to enjoy this read, especially on the beach in the summer!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A feel-good novel that I really enjoyed reading. I will definitely need to check out this author's other books.’ Bookworm Corner

 

‘I didn’t want to put it down… Delightful.’ Fabulous Book Fiend

 

‘Funny and cosy… Strongly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A really fun summer read.’ Twitter review, 5 stars

Snow is falling and there’s romance in the air. Curl up for a cosy Christmas by the fire at Seaview Cottage…

When thirty-year-old Lily Ambrose’s latest relationship ends in disaster, she remembers happy childhood holidays in the seaside town of Shipley and decides it’s the perfect place for a fresh start.

But when Lily arrives, the town’s spirits are as low as her own: the local celebrity due to turn on the Christmas lights has gone on a cruise instead. Keen to prove herself, she calls in a favour and secures gorgeous reality star Ollie.

Lily’s neighbours are initially thrilled, but Ollie is as uncontrollable as he is good-looking. He can’t remember the town’s name, calls the Christmas decorations tacky, and manages to offend everyone. And whilst handsome but stubborn cameraman Craig tries to help, even he can’t stop Ollie’s madcap plans to stage a romance with Lily…

Will Lily be able to keep Ollie under control and bring the Christmas cheer back to Shipley – and find herself a real kiss under the mistletoe?

An addictive, heart-warming and uplifting read about friendship, romance, and Christmas spirit. Perfect for fans of Phillipa Ashley, Cathy Bramley and Debbie Johnson.

Read what people are saying about The Beachside Christmas:

‘Oh my goodness this was such a perfect Christmassy book!... The perfect Christmassy story that will have you smiling throughout!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Had me properly laughing… A light hearted, fun, easy to read story that will have you giggling, while also wishing your own house has far more Christmas lights!’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

‘Karen Clarke has such a knack for writing hilariously funny one-liners. I have lost track whilst reading this how many times I’ve laughed out loud… This is a fabulous book!!... If you are looking for a light-hearted, funny, easy Christmassy read, then this is definitely the book you need! Saying that, just because it’s a Christmas book doesn’t mean you can’t read throughout the whole year!... Five Stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘The Beachside Christmas is a fun and heart-warming read that had me feeling all toasty inside… Karen Clarke has become one of my must read authors and is one I can rely on to cheer me up and chase those bad old blues away.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 4 stars

‘This book had me laughing from page one. The story was light, funny, warming and LOL all the way through. You can just imagine the town and the people in it being real and Lily is just too funny!!! I cannot recommend this book enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This is a really fun-filled book and full of Christmas and all that goes with it… A perfect Christmas read and so enjoyable.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Another wonderful story by Karen Clarke.’ Little Miss No Sleep, 4 stars

‘Perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit!’ Read.Sleep.Knit, 4 stars

‘Humorous and realistic, this is a warm and cosy tale to snuggle up with.’ Met Line Reader, 4 stars

‘A funny story that will warm your heart and leave your belly hurting from laughter.’ Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

‘I loved it… A lovely seasonal feel-good book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

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