The Beachside Sweet Shop: A feel good romantic comedy

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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* Katies 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 

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Bookouture
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Published on
Mar 2, 2017
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Pages
312
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ISBN
9781786810366
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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“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

‘An idyllic, beautifully written, heart-warming story that made my heart swell with joy… Absolutely beautiful; I love everything about this book.’ 5* The Writing Garnet Blog

When twenty-nine-year-old Annie Trebarwith receives an unexpected letter from a great-aunt she’s never known, she leaves her shoebox-sized flat in London and catches a train to the rugged Cornish coast.

Salt Bay is beautiful and Annie begins to kindle a bond with her great-aunt Alice. Even though there is zero phone signal and the locals – including the gorgeous but brooding Josh Pasco – can be decidedly grumpy at times, Annie starts to feel at home in Salt Bay.

 Soon Annie’s love of music leads her to relaunch the Salt Bay Choral Society, and she’s surprised to see how just much the choir means to the community – and she even starts to break through Josh’s surly exterior…

 But London is calling Annie back, and she has to make a decision. Give up her old life completely, or leave Salt Bay, her new-found family – and the choir – behind?

 Annie’s Holiday by the Sea is a heart-warming story about family, belonging and the healing power of music, perfect for fans of Jo Thomas, Holly Martin and Carole Matthews.

 Read what everyone is saying about Annie’s Holiday by the Sea:

 ‘Everything about this book was just perfect… I got such a good feeling from this book within the first few chapters and I totally fell in love with Salt Bay and its residents… A simply brilliant read that left me wondering why haven't we heard from this author before… It was more than worth the wait as I loved, loved this book.’ Shaz’s Book Blog

 ‘A breath of fresh air… I knew I was going to love this book and I wasn't wrong. This is without a doubt a fabulous read and one that will no doubt get this author a huge following as I for one can not wait to read more by her.’ 5* By The Letter Book Reviews

‘I absolutely fell in love…  A totally outstanding debut that made me giggle and maybe even tear up a few times, I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a super fun, light read.’ 5* Novel Gossip

 ‘Hilarious… A charming, heart-warming and enjoyable read about love, hope, and opening yourself up to happiness. Annie is such a funny and wonderful character… I really couldn't get enough of the Salt Bay community… Everything you want in a contemporary novel, and its sharp wit and excellent narrative makes it truly shine. I can't wait to return to Salt Bay. Go and buy this book!!!!!’ 5* Books of All Kinds

 ‘A wonderful start to a new series… I’m definitely impressed with Liz Eeles’ writing and can see she really owns the rom com genre. I have a feeling we shall be hearing a lot about her in the future… Gorgeous story with equally gorgeous characters… from a fresh, new and powerful voice on the chick lit scene.’ 5* This Chick Reads

‘Oh, whisk me away to Salt Bay!... I was swept away by Eeles's glorious writing… I found myself becoming more and more unwilling to put my Kindle down… I just loved it!... An uplifting and enriching tale of loss, love and accepting who you are.’ 5* Got Books, Babe?

‘A clever mix of different protagonists, a beautiful place, and exquisite writing that transports you and reminds you to feel, and how to laugh! Annie's voice is one of the most amazing I've read and this book is just a big bubble of amazing lines!... So much more than a light read, it's a life lesson taught in the best of ways, with enough humor to make your cheeks hurt from grinning and laughing!’ 5* Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles

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

‘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 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, 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 end… Simply 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 authors… Loved the story… The perfect cosy read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“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

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