Today I hand over to Mandie who has a guest review of The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Noelle of publisher Bookouture for inviting us to join in. Here is what the book is all about:
About the Book
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the café at Seashell Cove, where there’s hot chocolate to keep you warm – and the man of your dreams could be waiting…
Interior designer Tilly Campbell loves being carefree and single. But her latest job is redecorating the cosy local café for a Christmas party, and when her friends confess their plans for the big night – including a proposal, a declaration of love and a pregnancy announcement – Tilly starts to wonder if she might be missing out…
Transforming the café into a winter wonderland is more of a challenge than she thought, so when she bumps into gorgeous newcomer Seth, Tilly welcomes the distraction. Seth is a single father, struggling to settle his son Jack into their new cottage, and Tilly is determined to help them make their house into a home in time for Christmas.
But with the café still in chaos just days before the party it looks like it’s going to be a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons… With friends old and new relying on her, can Tilly save the Christmas party?
And could she finally find love waiting for her under the mistletoe?
A heart-warming, hilarious read about friendship, family and the meaning of Christmas. Perfect for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Holly Martin and Debbie Johnson!
Tilly is working at the local Café overseeing the renovations on the extension. Nothing is going to plan and she is up against a tight deadline of Christmas Eve. To add to her stress her elder sister has temporarily moved back home with her young daughter and her boyfriend is pressuring her into making more of a commitment to her relationship. The last thing she needed was to get dragged into the lives of Seth Donovan and his son Jack.
Tilly spends a lot of her time doubting herself thanks to her elder sister Bridget. She had resented her coming along and always seems to make snide comments about her lack of career or direction in her life. She also seemed to spend a lot of her time trying to please everyone and at times I wanted to tap her up the side of her head for it. I did however give a small cheer when she finally ditched her boyfriend Rufus who was not as nice as she had initially thought he was. It was nice to see the relationship between Tilly and Bridget change and improve over the course of the story and rather that it happening suddenly it was more gradual as you would expect over the course of time when they spent an increasing amount of time in each other’s company.
I did fell a little bit sorry for Seth and Jack. Seth’s ex-wife had kept them apart before her death and due to his career as a racing driver he had left the care of his son to his mother. Now determined to make up for this he has given up racing and bought a house for them to live in. He is struggling to bond with his son and constantly doubts his ability to raise him alone and this belief is fuelled by his mother who believes that Jack should be in boarding school and under her care. Despite never having really been around children Tilly manages to show him that he can cope with anything life throws at him and that includes standing up to his mother.
The other person that had me chuckling throughout the book was the café manager Gwen. She is quite gruff at times but you just can’t help but like her.
I haven’t read any of the other books in the Seashell Cove series but to be honest it really doesn’t matter as it works really well on its own as the characters are well rounded and thoroughly relatable. Although billed as a Christmas book it’s more a reference to the time of year it is set in than an all-out Christmas celebration and for me that’s a big plus as it will appeal to both the ardent Christmas lover and those like me that can take it or leave it. Any book that can actually start to get me in the Christmas spirit even a little bit is certainly one to read.
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About the Author
Karen is the author of the popular BEACHSIDE and SEASHELL COVE series of romantic comedies, published by Bookouture.
She’s also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download
When she’s not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women’s magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…and other Tales with a Twist’
Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children, and when she’s not writing loves reading, walking, baking and eating cake.
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