Published by Bookouture Genres: Adult, Feel Good
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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?
A heart-warming and hilarious read about friendship, belonging and seaside living. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.
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Review The Cafe at Sheashell Cove
The Cafe at Sheashell Cove was really a cover love. I saw that gorgeous lovely cover and I wanted to dive straight into the book. After reading the synopsis I was sold completely, who wouldn’t want to read about a little cafe with delicious cakes located at the beach. Let’s be honest, that sounds pretty good for a contemporary book right? Such a shame that the book didn’t really deliver like I had anticipated.
Let’s start off with my main point of irritation. The main character Cassie, she is probably the most annoying character I read about this year. She is around my age, but acts like a little, spoiled princess who thinks the whole world revolves around her. Everything was Always about her. There was absolutely no room for the needs and demands of other people. The Cafe at Sheashell Cove could have been named the Big Cassie One Woman show for all it is worth. And I don’t have a problem with self-centered characters if you see some character development throughout the story, but with Cassie there wasn’t any development. She stayed egocentric throughout the story. No growth what so ever. The inability to connect with her and warm to her really took away from my overall enjoyment of the story. You spend a lot of time with Cassie, so it would have been nice to have some friendly feelings towards her. Such a shame….
I kept wishing we could have seen more of the secondary characters in this story. Because I actually found their storylines more interesting. I wanted to know more about Rob and his decision to leave his successful band. I wanted to know more about Meg wedding and why it felt she wasn’t there with whole of her heart. I just wanted more but because Cassie was so into herself we only got glimpsed of the other characters.
The overall writing style was enjoyable. The author really brought the settings to live. At times I almost felt like I was drinking tea on the terrace of the cafe or even eating a piece of pie with a giant cat sitting in my lap. That’s why it is such a shame that I couldn’t enjoy this story more. I loved the idea of the book and the overall storyline was quite good. A light, fluffy contemporary with a decent dose of romance and wooing.
The best part of this book was definitely the cover. I might give this author another try in the future, because I think I would have enjoyed this book way more if Cassie wouldn’t have been such a spoiled, little princess.