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Saturday, March 4, 2017

With Love for Romantic Books Warm: The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze
Marnie has inherited her family's sweet shop. She's trying to honor her grandfather by keeping his legacy going. The Beachside Sweet Shop is part of Shipley, a small town by the sea. Marnie is used to working together with her best friend Beth, but Beth is about to have a baby and is almost done with her PhD, so she won't stay at the shop forever. Fortunately the gorgeous and mysterious Josh is at the right place at the right time and Marnie hires him on the spot. They get along fabulously and Marnie's workdays are looking bright again.
Not everybody is happy with Shipley's sweet shop though. The town has a new inhabitant, Isobel, a former model who never had an actual breakthrough and is looking for fame. She tries to get the shop closed by being against sugar to promote a book she hasn't written yet. Her protest campaign attracts a lot of attention, negativity Marnie can do without. She is being forced to come up with a battle plan, a strategy to beat the sour woman who's threatening her livelihood. However, when Marnie thinks she's done with setbacks her ex-boyfriend returns to Shipley with his new girlfriend. What should Marnie do, stay and fight for her happiness in the small town she's got a love-hate relationship with or pack her bags and chase her dream of traveling around the world?
The Beachside Sweet Shop is a delicious novel. I fell in love with the shop and its gorgeous old fashioned sweets straight away. Marnie is a smart woman with good ideas and it was fun to see her grow as a person. At first she just runs the family shop, but slowly she makes it her own and I really enjoyed witnessing that process. Marnie is a sweetheart. She can be a bit soft and insecure sometimes, but she always finds back her strength and battles her way through every difficult situation. She sometimes blunders, she doesn't always have all the answers and she doesn't know where she belongs yet, but she's fighting for a better future and makes a lot of friends along the way. Her warm and welcoming personality were a joy to read about and a sweet shop is a suitable place for someone with a super sweet personality. I absolutely loved that combination.
Karen Clarke's writing flows easily and her tasty descriptions of the sweets kept making my mouth water. A beachside sweet shop is a perfect place for a romantic story, a dream setting that wasn't difficult to picture and fantasize about. Marnie struggles with family issues, problems in love and business troubles, but she has a beautiful spirit and keeps finding back her vivaciousness. That was admirable and very enjoyable to read about. The Beachside Sweet Shop is charming, lighthearted and scrumptious and I highly recommend this lovely cheerful book.
The Beachside Sweet Shop is a perfect choice for readers who have a sweet tooth and love lighthearted stories with a fantastic setting.
About Karen Clarke

Karen Clarke is a romantic comedy writer. THE BEACHSIDE SWEET SHOP is the first in a series, and available to pre-order now. THE BEACHSIDE FLOWER STALL will follow in April 2017.

She has previously written three paranormal romantic comedies, all available to download.

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire in the UK with her husband and three grown-up children, and writes a blog at You can also follow her on Facebook at
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  1. What a cute book! Perfect for summer beach reading!

  2. The book review sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

  3. What an interesting book! It sounds like a perfect summer read.

  4. I would love to read this! Thank you for the chance :)

  5. I enjoy small town romances and this sounds like a good one. I've added it to my list.

  6. The precis alone has raised my spirits

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  8. I can't wait to read this book Karen !

  9. I remember these old-fashioned sweet shops! Going with my pocket-money in my grubby little fist & gazing in wonder at the glass jars filled with all the colours of the rainbow!