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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Blogtour: Review: The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke

Okay guys- humble-pie time. You know how last year I said that I’d had it with reading any “food-stuffs” roms coms… you know- teashops, sweet shops, bakeries etc… well, today I find myself on the blogtour for Karen Clarke’s The Beachside Sweet Shop- and I’ve loved every moment of it. Looks like the embargo has lifted!

Marnie Appleton has been running the sweet shop in Shipley ever since her Grandfather passed away 2 years ago… but she’s convinced herself that she’s desperate to escape the small town and the only thing that is keeping her there is her loyalty to her grandfather’s name and legacy.

Marnie is still nursing a broken heart after splitting from Alex- when he got a job in America and she had to make the decision to stay behind and nurse her ailing grandmother.

But when the sweetshop gets an unexpected publicity boost, it’s not all plain sailing as Marnie and her team become the unlikely target for some pretty nasty behaviour.

Marnie is a fantastic character- warm and loyal- with just the right amount of confusion and neuroses to be completely loveable. And then of course there’s her wonderfully messed-up love life and the potential love interest(s?)- and I loved the twists and turns this side of the story took.

The writing is brilliant- witty, light and very funny- making The Beachside Sweet Shop an absolute joy to read. I’m very much looking forward book two in the series.

Huge thanks to the author for curing me of my allergy!

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The Blurb:

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.

About Karen Clarke

After giving up her job as a library assistant, Karen now writes full-time. She’s had over 300 stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and abroad, and has written three paranormal romantic comedies, published by Little, Brown/Corsair. When she’s not writing she reads avidly, walks dogs at her local rescue centre, and is eagerly awaiting the next season of The Walking Dead. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.

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