Chocolate fudge, butterscotch and raspberry bonbons… treat yourself to some sugary treats, a big slice of friendship and a sprinkling of romance at The Beachside Sweet Shop.
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.
What people are saying about The Beachside Sweet Shop:
“Brilliant! Such a beautiful, heart warming story! Loved every word! So well written. A magical, feel good tale. Loved, loved, loved. Highly recommend it to everyone.” Renita D’Silva
“I really loved this! It was like a breath of fresh air…I may also point out the bright bold and beautiful cover for this book. Its absoultely stunning and from the minute I saw it I wanted to read this book.” 5* Goodreads reviewer
“Fun, light hearted and fast paced.” 5* Goodreads reviewer
“highly recommended :)” 4* Goodreads reviewer
“had me laughing out loud.” 4* Consumer reviewer
“so funny…I’d recommend this book to everyone.” 5* Goodreads reviewer
“nostalgia in buckets (& spades?)…brilliant characters you instantly love.” 5* Goodreads reviewer
“a whole new seaside town to fall in love with…within the first page turn I was laughing out loud…really attacked my funny bone!...It was a delight to read and I am already looking forward to returning to Shipley in The Beachside Flower Stall.” 5* Rachel’s Random Reads
“fantastically funny…an entertaining read.” Jo’s Book Journey
“a lovely lighthearted read…an excellent feel-good romantic comedy.” 5* Consumer reviewer
“a sweet and charming read.” 4* Pretty Little Book Reviews
“The Beach side Sweet Shop has such a gorgeous cover, I felt I could have sat on that very deck chair and read my books on it!...gorgeous heartwarming read…The fictional Seaside town of Shipley sounds gorgeous, I almost packed my bags and started looking on TripAdvisor for a place to stay.” 5* The Reading Shed
“I really enjoyed this book … all the characters were lovable.” 5* Katie’s Book Ends
“Such a sweet book (sorry, couldn’t resist)… A really cute, sweet (sorry, I did it again) read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.” 5* Lilac Mills
“This is a light, fun, sweet read that I was hooked on from the second I started reading…I constantly wanted sweets when I was reading this book!” 4* Consumer Review
“A delightful British love story.” For the Love of Books
“a very sweet, heartwarming, and totally lovely book with a cute book cover.” 4* Goodreads reviewer
“Delightfully sweet story.” 4* Goodreads reviewer
“such a fun filled happy read… Loved it.” 4* Goodreads reviewer
Kindness, love, determination, and lots of laugh-out-loud humour!
In "The Beachside Sweet Shop", Karen Clarke tells a story of kindness versus unkindness (guess which one wins), love and loss, determination, and – above all – a sense of home.
I love Clarke's style – she fills the story with detail without being verbose, and creates an easy-to-read narrative that carries you through in a whirl. Her characters and their stories are believable, and she writes with a delicious humour that has me laughing out loud in public.
An easy 5*
(And I've already started the Beachside Flower Stall.)