Life hasn’t always been easy for single mum Ella, but she has just hit an all-time low; she’s jobless, loveless, very nearly homeless and, to make matters worse, now the owner of a pocket-sized pooch with a better wardrobe than her.
Packing her bags (and a bigger one for the dog), Ella sets off for the seaside town of Appledore in Devon to re-live the magical summers of her youth and claim her portion of the family ice-cream business: a clapped-out ice-cream van and a complicated mess of secrets.
There she meets gorgeous and free-spirited solicitor, Ben, who sees things differently: with a little bit of TLC he has a plan to get the van – and Ella – back up and running in no time.
Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer is a heart-warming and hilarious romance that will scoop you off your feet and prove it’s never too late for a fresh start. The ideal holiday read for fans of Lucy Diamond, Abby Clements and Debbie Johnson.
What readers are saying about Ella’s Ice Cream Summer:
‘Beware! While reading this book you will get major cravings for ice-cream of all sorts of flavours and depending on which page you are reading, you may end up snorting that ice-cream through your nose, as you are laughing at the fabulousness of the story!’ Rachel’s Random Reads
‘This book came at the perfect time for me. It made me a little emotional, it made me smile, it made me laugh and if offered me the escape I needed. I'm looking forward to the second book in this series!’ Novel Deelights
‘I really enjoyed reading this book! This beautifully told story really explored families and their relationships in a feel-good way. A delicious book, a must read. Can't wait for your next book Sue Watson!’ Goodreads 5*
‘This is a lovely, summery book. I got into it straight away, loved all the characters, and really enjoyed the story. The descriptions of ice creams are mouth-watering, and there's even some recipes at the end of the book.’ Sibzz Reads
‘I just loved every single page of this book…Everything about this book made me want to keep going, keep reading. It's fun, it's summer, it's everything you want from a feel good heart-warming read. An exceptional read, and one I think everyone should read.’ I Love reading 5*
‘Delving into Ella's Ice Cream Summer is a pure delight… I would highly recommend this book to anyone! I read this whole book with a smile on my face and devoured every single page. It was deliciously good! I’m delighted that there is a second book on its way extremely soon and I for one will be first in the queue for it. Sue Watson you are an amazing writer!’ Goodreads 5*
‘Who doesn't love ice cream? I certainly do and was literally drooling at the most wonderful flavours that Ella was making. Ella's Ice Cream Summer is the sweetest of reads. Ella's story absorbed me, heart and soul and I savoured every single word.’ By The Letter Book Reviews 5*
‘A charming story filled with sweet romance, crazy family, a bedazzled Pomeranian and a mysterious feud that will keep you turning pages until the very end…This book both inspires and warms my heart. Rating: 5+ Stars!’ Kira’s Netgalley Book Blog 5*
‘Ella's Ice-cream Summer tickled my taste buds from start to finish. I absolutely ADORED this book…I really have no idea how Sue does it, but she does. Every.Single.Time.’ The Writing Garnet 5*
‘An outstanding book that is an absolute must for your Summer Holidays!’ Best Crime Books and More 5*
Bea doesn't believe in second chances. As a widow, she feels like she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Sydney, Australia, has a reputation for the best carrot cake in town.
But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh leads her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. There, transported by the twinkling lights and falling snow of a traditional Christmas, Bea is drawn back to a secret past – and a secret love – that she has long ago tried to forget...
'A heartwarming novel to read in the run-up to Christmas - hot, balmy beaches to herald the festive season on one side of the world, and light dustings of snow on the other side' TripFiction.
'There's no shortage of books with Christmas in the title, but this family-focused story stands out from the rest' Closer.
Two best friends. One big lie. The best bake off EVER.
Bella Bradley is the queen of television baking – a national treasure. Her Christmas specials have been topping the ratings for years and her marriage to Peter ‘Silver Fox’ Bradley is the stuff of Hello magazine specials.
But this year things are going to be different.
For Amy Lane, Bella’s best friend from school, life hasn’t held quite the same sparkle. And when Amy’s husband walks out three weeks from Christmas, it seems their lives are further apart than ever.
Amy has watched Bella’s rise to fame fondly, despite the fact Bella was always a terrible cook. But when she realises that Bella’s latest Christmas book is made up entirely of Amy’s mother’s recipes, the gloves are off…
After winning a competition to appear on Bella’s TV show, Amy is going to make sure that for Bella and her viewers, this will definitely be a Christmas to remember…
A hilarious, heart-breaking and feel good read about best friends, baking and the magic of Christmas.
What readers are saying about Bella’s Christmas Bake Off
‘I never thought I'd laugh and cry as much as I did while reading this book. I wish I could give it 10 stars! I loved this story and hope others do too.’ The Final Chapter
‘I genuinely laughed out loud reading Bella's Christmas Bake Off. It was a lovely, relaxing read, and one that really cheered me up. It has the perfect recipe of laughter, happiness and a little romance thrown in… I absolutely loved this book, it is a fab Christmas read and I highly recommend it. I give Bella’s Christmas Bake Off 5 Stars.’ Tea Lady Mumbles
‘Within a matter of pages I was (as usual with these books) laughing my socks off and immediately fell in love with the slightly crazy Amy … Sue Watson has such a knack for the humorous side of characters … Her humour, writing style and stories never fail to hit the spot and are guaranteed to cheer me up, make me laugh and generally improve my mood.’ Best Crime Books and More
‘Bella's Christmas Bake Off should have pride of place on your Christmas bookshelf! It is a warm, brilliant, lovely story that made me feel warm and good inside.’ On My Bookshelf
‘She's only gone and done it again. Sue Watson has got the recipe just right, an uplifting read, with all the glitz and glamour of Christmas with tantalising temptations you'll feel you can lift straight off the pages. She's an author who I'll never tire of reading, each and every book delivers exactly what it says on the tin - escapism, laced with pure indulgence - just perfect. If you don't buy any other Christmas book this year make sure you buy this one, you won't be disappointed! Crooks on Books
‘This does exactly what it says on the tin. It's funny and heartwarming, sad and heat-breaking, all at the same time.’ Claire Loves to Read
Does first love deserve a second chance?
During her first week at art college, Rosie Jackson, almost seventeen, locks eyes with the charismatic Peter from across the room of their nude figure drawing class, and the course of her life is changed forever.
Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter forty-seven years later, she is brought back to that summer of 1968, when she fell in love for the first time and dared to dream boldly of a life in Paris. As Rosie and Peter pick up where they had left off, they both begin to wonder what if . . .
Told with warmth, wit, and humor, We’ll Always Have Paris is a moving and uplifting novel about two people giving love a second chance in later life—the choices they make, the lives they lead, and the love they share.
Escape to the cosy little village of Appledore for an absolutely hilarious second chance at love. Will this Christmas prove that miracles really can happen when you least expect them?
A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas day, Chloe’s heart is finally on the mend as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…
It’s the manager of Gianni’s new seaside restaurant in Appledore, begging for Chloe’s help. Equally famous for his gold-leaf Christmas puddings and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way! It’s the last thing she wants to do, but Chloe knows she is the only one that can help.
As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflé. But as Chloe’s eyes meet Gianni’s as they tussle over a plate of turkey tartlets, could there also be a chance for new romance on the menu?
A laugh-out-loud festive treat that will give you the tingle of freshly hung tinsel. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Abby Clements and Debbie Johnson.
What readers are saying about Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances:
‘Love, Love, Loved it. Again, another easy 5* read… I just can't praise this book enough. I'm a huge fan, all that's left to be said is that you really do need to read it.’ I Love Reading UK, 5 stars
‘Grab a blanket, turn the heating up full and settle into this perfect seasonal read! Five stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Another brilliant, Christmassy and heart-warming novel by Sue Watson… I was welling up reading this… A lovely romantic story which will make you feel all fuzzy inside when you finish it.’ The Cosiest Corner, 4 stars
‘This is a fun and fabulous Christmas book. That will leave chick-lit and romance fans smiling from ear to ear, and leave you feeling the Christmas spirit long after you have turned to last page.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘This is a really magical read, absolutely perfect for this festive season.’ Jessica’s Book Biz, 5 stars
‘This book is wonderfully funny, romantic and festive and I loved every page! Reading it was like snuggling in front of a log fire in a fluffy dressing gown while sipping a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and whipped cream. It’s that good!’ Darcie Boleyn, 5 stars
‘They just get better and better!!…This was definitely a treat for me to read and I loved it - would recommend it to anyone looking for a feel good festive read this winter - excellent - 5 stars!!!’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars
‘A truly scrumptious festive treat… Fans of Sue Watson are just going to eat this up. A brilliantly warm and funny festive read.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews, 4 stars
‘I adore every one of her books...but this one I ABSOLUTELY do! This book is Christmas wrapped up in a toe tinglingly festive read!’ Best Crime Books and More, 5 stars
‘MAHOOOOSIVE Fan of Sue Watson… I am not exaggerating when I say that when you read this it’s like a pair of giant arms have reached out from between the pages and enveloped you in the warmest, cosiest hug ever.’ If in Doubt, Read, 5 stars
‘I totally, utterly and wholeheartedly adored this book and I would recommend it to anybody… I award this book a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars
This ground-breaking book brings together an academic, a clinician and a birth trauma activist. Each chapter discusses current research, women’s stories, the common themes in the stories and the implications of these for practice, clinical case studies and a clinician’s insights and recommendations for care. Topics covered include: mothers’ perspectives, fathers’ perspectives, the impact on breastfeeding, the impact on subsequent births, PTSD after childbirth and EMDR treatment for PTSD.
This book is a valuable resource for health professionals who come into contact with new mothers, providing the most current and accurate information on traumatic childbirth. It also presents mothers’ experiences in a manner that is accessible to women, their partners, and families.