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?
This is another tale where the blurb tells all.
What is doesn’t tell the reader however, is what a feel-good and mood-busting tale it is.
The Beachside Sweet Shop is sweet, fun and is the perfect companion to sit and escape the (at the moment) rainy day.
Karen Clarke makes you laugh and crave crave crave sweet things with her fabulous story, set in Shipley. It is picturesque and delightful, and the characters, along with the romance are perfectly blissful. I could definitely do with a holiday there.
My favourite character has to be Isobel 🙂 although she does doesn’t us bloggers many favours, and she is quite nasty. Her relentless crusade against sugar loving Marnie, ensures that Marnie gives a good fight for what she wants, which in turn makes a good read.
‘There is an however with this read for me though..and it is just me!!!! As a reader I would LOVE a change of venue. I feel too many of this type of book are set in cafes, sweetshops etc. I am getting a bit bored by them now.’
A gorgeous tale and one I really enjoyed.