Monday, 13 August 2018

Book Review | The Bakery At Seashell Cove By Karen Clarke

Book Review | The Bakery At Seashell Cove By Karen Clarke


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 fiancĂ© 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?

The Bakery At Seashell Cove 
by Karen Clarke


  • Publisher: Bookouture (5 Jun. 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1786813653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786813657

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Review

If you think the front cover of The Bakery At Seashell Cove looks completely edible, wait till you get inside! Karen Clarke has done it again. 

Since reading The Beachside Flower Stall I knew Ms Clarke was an author to watch and I'm so pleased I had the opportunity to read The Bakery At Seashell Cove.

A general plot guideline for this book starts off with Meg, who absolutely loves to bake. It's her passion and she's good at it, but not everyone around her thinks it's a proper job and she should get her head out of the clouds. Meg's fiance, Sam, is obsessed with riding (bikes) and nothing he does is wrong in the eyes of his slightly stuck up family. Not even standing up for Meg when his family starts picking on her, Meg begins to have thoughts on whether she really wants to marry him. Especially when Nathan is on the scene. Skipping forward through the book, Meg gets some shocking news which is not at all interesting to Sam who seems more than a little cosy with a female cyclist in Paris. 

And I'm going to stop right there. If I say anymore I'll give the plot away!

From the off, it became very apparent to me that I was not going to like Meg's future in-laws. Pompous and too snooty for my liking, they seem to go out of their way to make Meg feel like she has to ditch her dreams in order to fulfil Sam's. A stereotypical wife wearing an apron and quietly raising children isn't Meg's idea of a future. But baking on the other hand ...

Restoring tradition and following a passion is a smashing storyline for me and it works every time. I don't know much about baking myself but I found it impulsively easy to drown in the fast paced pages of delicious cakes and treats. There's no possible area I could fault this book in, apart from the fact it finished. 

If you love the Great British Bake Off or a feel good book with in-laws worthy of sneers, this is definitely a book for you!

If 11 stars out of 10 was a thing I would award it. Amazing!
   
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