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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cupcakes and Confetti (The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea Book 1) by Jane Linfoot - Guest Post, Book Review & Giveaway


Now out in paperback!

Cupcakes and Confetti (The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea Book 1)

‘A pure delight…fabulous, fun and unforgettable’ – Debbie Johnson, bestselling author of ‘The Birthday That Changed Everything’

Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot.

Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate’s ‘something blue.’

Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate – and herself – the happy ever afters they deserve?

This is the first full-length novel in a brand new series set in Cornwall. Look out for the next books in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series, Sequins & Snowflakes and Bunting & Bouquets.
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About Jane Linfoot

I’m Jane Linfoot, and I write happy books, with feisty heroines and lots of heart. I live in a cottage in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. For me, writing is cool because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things French. When I’m not on Facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

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Author Page Facebook | Personal Page Facebook Happy to have new friends | Twitter @janelinfoot | Instagram | Pinterest Find lots of Cupcakes and Confetti, and Little Wedding Shop by the Sea boards here | Website:

Guest Post
Favourite Prosecco Cocktails from Brides by the Sea

In case you’d like to try a taste of Brides by the Sea at home, here’s how to make some of the fab cocktails featured in Cupcakes and Confetti. Don’t stress too much about the quantities. At Brides by the Sea it’s much more about sloshing it in and having a good time. As Jess would say, LET THE FUN BEGIN...


This is a summery mix, perfect for cooling off in the shade on a warm afternoon, or for enjoying on a lovely summer’s evening.


20ml elderflower cordial

20ml gin


A sprig of mint

Pour the elderflower cordial and the gin into your flute, and top up with prosecco. Then add a sprig of mint to garnish.

Jess would always use Hendricks gin, of course. For a variation use elderflower liqueur, or add apple juice, and a squeeze of lime. Cucumber garnish also works well.


This great Christmas cocktail will bring rosy colour to your celebrations. Purists sometimes make it with champagne, but at Brides by the Sea it’s prosecco all the way.


A bottle of prosecco

500ml pomegranate juice

Mix together in a jug, or alternatively splash pomegranate juice into a cocktail flute, and top up with prosecco.

Floating raspberries are a gorgeous addition. Freezing the raspberries before floating is a nice touch.

If you want to “up” the Christmas spirit add 125ml Chambord (raspberry liqueur) to the jug.



A bottle of prosecco

Half a litre of ginger ale

A litre of white grape juice

Half a litre of pomegranate juice

Frozen raspberries and pomergranate seeds to float

Put the grape juice and pomegranate juice in a jug and chill. Just before serving, add the ginger ale and the prosecco. Float frozen raspberries and pomegranate seeds, or alternatively add frozen red summer fruits to float.


(non alcoholic)

So here’s a little treat for the designated drivers and non drinkers....


1 lemon

2 tbsp caster sugar

35ml elderflower cordial

Frozen berries (summer fruits from the freezer section work well)

Sparkling water to top up

Squeeze the lemon and add the juice to a jug. Add the sugar and elderflower cordial and mix until the sugar dissolves. Pour into the glasses, on top of ice cubes, and a handful of berries. Top up with sparkling water. Throw a slice of lemon into each glass for extra zest


Love, Jane xx

Book review

 Review by Suze

Poppy bakes wedding cakes for a living and she rents an apartment above Brides by the Sea, a wedding shop. She knows a lot about weddings, which is why she's being asked as a wedding planner on Daisy Hill Farm. She has to take the job to help out her good friend Cate who's booked a wedding at the farm. The previous wedding planner has made a mess of things and Poppy should be able to clean it up. She wants to make sure every couple that has booked their special day at the farm will actually have it. That means she has to solve plenty of problems and she has to be creative when things aren't going according to plan.

The farmer, Rafe, is moody and he isn't happy with the wedding business. It brings in money, but he doesn't have to like it. Besides keeping her cake business going and making sure the wedding business at the farm runs smoothly Poppy now also has a boss who makes things extra difficult, but she can handle a challenge and she might even like it, a lot...

Cupcakes & Confetti - The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea (1) is a wonderful book. I loved it from the first sentence. I'm a romantic person and therefore love to read about weddings. Jane Linfoot describes the whole process in such a vivid and detailed way that I could picture myself shopping for a dress at Brides by the Sea and booking a countryside wedding at the farm. Her settings are amazing and I couldn't get enough of reading about them. The farm is stunning and it's the ideal location for a wedding. The shop is fun and classy with a fabulous selection of clothes. Plus there are plenty of mouthwatering descriptions of food and drinks, what's not to like?

Poppy is a sweet person and she's always there for others. Someone took advantage of that and broke her heart, so she's reluctant to start a relationship again and wants to make it on her own. She has some very good friends who support her no matter what. The friendship in this book is heartwarming and it made me smile many times. Poppy manages to get herself in all kinds of uncomfortable and often funny situations and I love Jane Linfoot's sense of humor. She also knows how to create good chemistry. Rafe is moody and kind at the same time. He's a hot farmer with a sensible head on his shoulders. He's the perfect main character for a very romantic story.

Jane Linfoot's writing is fantastic. Her sentences are well-constructed and they have an easy flow. Once I started this book I couldn't put it away. I loved the ending, it's a dream come true and it will melt everyone's heart. Cupcakes & Confetti - The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea (1) is a delicious summer read with enchanting locations, gorgeous main characters, a lot of unexpected twists and turns and plenty of surprises.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed copy of Cupcakes and Confetti (The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea Book 1).

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. I LOVE the cover of this book 😁

  2. Pretty cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. This books sounds fabulous. Love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Sounds like a really fun read. thanks for sharing!

  5. This sounds like a cute book, and perfect for a summer read! I'll have to give the cocktails a pass, though. I'm more of a whiskey neat when I drink.

  6. I can't wait to read this, it looks like my perfect type of read

  7. I love the cover. Your book sounds fab. My type of read.

  8. I would love to read this! Love the cover!

  9. This is just the type of book that I love to read, and would pass it on to my sister after I finish it!

  10. The book sounds great, perfect for my holidays!

  11. That lemonade sounds yummy!

  12. The cover made me crave things...sweet things! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  13. The cover is soo adorable,would love to read the book.

  14. This is definitely going on my TBR list.

  15. The book sounds cute. Look forward to reading. Thank you for the recipes and giveaway.

  16. Jane sounds like a lovely person, would really like to read her book :)

  17. This might be a good gift for a bachelorette party :)

  18. I love the excerpts and storyline of this book.I love happy stories. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the great recipes also. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I am excited to read this book! :D

  20. i love book and this book look amazing

  21. Your book sounds like one I would love to read!

  22. I would love to read it! Sounds great!

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  24. I really enjoyed this book and would love a paperback copy to keep on my shelf.

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  26. It would be great to win a signed paperback of
    Cupcakes and Confetti The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot.
    This sounds like an interesting book.
    I enjoy reading and discovering new authors.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  27. Oh this sounds like such a great romance! Love the names Rafe and Poppy! How did you come up with those names?