Saturday, May 6, 2017

Romantic Comedy, The Beachside Sweet Shop; Karen Clarke

*This Book was given to me by Netgalley for a honest and unbiased review*

“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?”

Title: The Beachside Sweet Shop
Author: Karen Clarke
Genre: Romantic Comedy


Hello Fellow Readers,

Here’s one book down on my TBR list, I feel accomplished.  Romantic Comedies seem to be what I have been in the mood for lately; they are easy reads, I don’t have to think too much when I read them  and most of the time the endings are heartwarming.  I wouldn’t consider this a romantic comedy, more like a women trying to find herself and what she really wants. While yes I rated it a two , I still liked the story. Marnie was a good character who just couldn’t see what everyone else already saw. This frustrated me to no end, she just stubbornly refused to believe that refused to believe that she loved this Sweet shop. All her excuses that everyone seemed to point out to her was just her lying to herself.  I think she just wanted to feel connected to her mother who was constantly travelling away from Marnie all her life leaving her grandparents to raise her. Her mother was another character who annoyed me, she was just so fickle, and aside from being able to make sweets just couldn’t seemed to be able to do anything. Marnie’s grand mother, Celia on the other hand was great. I loved her and wished that I had a grandmother like her.

The romance angle was lacking.  On one hand we have Josh who randomly comes along, like a savior and helps Marnie run the sweet shop. In the other hand we have Alex who is Marnie’s Ex-fiance who has moved to the states for a contracting job. While I did like Josh since there was a lot of him in the book, he was just so immature and obviously hiding something, which ‘Hello Marnie you should have been more suspicious!’ There just was not enough of Alex to warrant him being a contender besides Marnie’s lovesickness of being a part from him. There really should have been way more of him in the book to showcase why Marnie loved him as much as she did. Any information from Marnie seemed biased and too good to be true.

The positive side was that I really disliked Isobel and her stupid, insipid ways. This made me root for Marnie to pull through and put Isobel in her place.  I just wish there was a bit more of a consequence for her crusade against Marnie. I feel as if she got off very light.

Clarke’s writing was really good despite those faults. It made me want to check out her other writings so see if maybe I could connect better to her other characters

About the Author

Karen Clarke Lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and kids. She has worked a multitude of jobs including; Wedding Photographer and Pub manger all which has given her such great ideas for her work. She now currently writes full time. She enjoys walking and baking in her spare time.

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