Happy publication day to Karen Clarke and ‘The Café at Seashell Cove’! What a great way to brighten up a dreary Thursday afternoon, with my review of this wonderful book. Big thanks to Team Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the blog. Here is my review:
Welcome to the Café at Seashell Cove, where you’ll find irresistible home-baked cakes, smiling friendly faces – and maybe even a second chance at love…
When Cassie Maitland needs a holiday from her glamorous but stressful job in event management, she escapes home to gorgeous Seashell Cove, where her family’s cosy café sits perched on the cliffs above sparkling waves and golden sand.
But a lot has changed while Cassie’s been away: her parents have transformed their tired café into a welcoming haven, her friends Meg and Tilly have whole new lives, and old flame Danny’s twinkling eyes and winning smile make Cassie feel even more flustered than they used to.
Keen to throw herself back into local life, Cassie starts to run themed events – including a not entirely successful cat-café day, complete with dozens of felines. Luckily Danny is always around to lend a helping hand, and Cassie soon begins to wonder if her life in London was really all she made it out to be…
Could a new start in Seashell Cove be exactly what Cassie needs?
What does TWG think?
If you think that this book is just going to be a calm and serene read with oodles of tea at your fingertips, think again. ‘The Café at Seashell Cove’ is more than a cup of PG tips or a warm cheese scone – A LOT more. Even though Karen Clarke injects a large dose of comedy into her storyline, she also fills the storyline with multiple scenarios her readers will be guaranteed to relate to.
Cassie has decided to visit her parents in Seashell Cove – ‘visit’ being the operative word. As far as Cassie’s parents are concerned, their daughter is still the high flying, independent, popular events manager. As far as Cassie is concerned however, well, let’s just say things certainly aren’t as they seem in Cassie’s world. Not only that, Cassie’s parents’ café has had an image overhaul and her brother has changed direction regarding his career, so why isn’t Cassie happy for them?
Karen Clarke’s new novel really hit home with me as I saw a lot of myself in Cassie, and I am sure a lot of readers might do as well. We have all been in similar positions to Cassie, so when her situation became even more black and white as the story progressed, I couldn’t seem to get rid of the lump that was beginning to form in my throat. From the outside, people may be the most happiest people in the world, yet on the inside they could be minutes away from breaking. Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody knows what people are dealing with on a day to day basis. Nobody truly knows except the person living that life. Even though this book made me giggle, I was so pleased that the author wrote such a poignant message within her storyline – it made me realise that going through life and not knowing exactly what you want to do, or having to work even harder to get yourself on the path of your dreams which could take longer, is in no way a bad thing and people should stop seeing it as that.
I have everything crossed that ‘The Café at Seashell Cove’ is just the start of a new series – I really want to read more about the characters and whether their dreams come true later on. Karen Clarke is another author whose writing has gone from strength to strength, earning herself a place in my little list of ‘favourite authors of all time’.
Without even knowing, ‘The Café at Seashell Cove’ was a book I just needed to read, and what a heartfelt, thought-provoking read it is. From the very first page, I felt like I was getting hugged by a giant teddy, with a voice whispering in my ear that everything will be okay. I laughed out loud, I snorted, I became emotional, but most importantly, I learnt a valuable lesson from Cassie (and her gran, of course!).
If ‘The Cafe at Seashell Cove’ was on my doorstep, I would be there all day every day. But, seeing as it isn’t, I have the pleasure of holding this book very close to my heart for a very long time.
A truly beautiful, cosy and touching novel which will not only leave you wanting another cup of tea and a slice of cake, it will also leave you feeling the most loved person in the world.
Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon- the first, The Café at Seashell Cove is out March 15th 2018.
Karen has 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.
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