A Home In Sunset Bay by Rebecca Pugh

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Enough is enough! The always perfect Laurie Chapman had jumped in her car and raced as fast as she could from London heading to Sunset Bay and (she hopes!) the open arms of her estranged sister…
 
Mia Chapman loves running Dolly’s Diner in the picture-perfect coastal Cornish town of Sunset Bay. Now that her and Grandma Dolly’s dream is finally a reality Mia has never been prouder! Until Laurie suddenly turns up on her doorstep… How can she forgive the sister who walked away?
 
Once upon a time Mia and Laurie were best friends. Back together after so long, the time has come for the sisters to figure out what went so wrong all those years ago – and whether they can ever put it right!

Review

Last year I read and enjoyed Rebecca’s debut novel ‘Return To Bluebell Hill’ and just over seven months later we are blessed with another one. The cover is absolutely stunning, as are most of Carina’s titles. The gentle gradient of the sky with the two sisters walking on the pretty sand. Pretty and even though the colours are subtle, it really stands out.
The writing is so descriptive you can picture everything from the interior of Dolly’s Diner to the pier and seafront of Sunset Bay. It’s all set up for you so you can mentally pack up your own bags and move there into a quaint little cottage, preferably with a sea view. There is something quintessentially British about summer holidays in your childhood, spent by the seaside and with this book you get that by the bucket (and spade) load.
The books chapters alternate between sisters, which is something I have a bit of a penchant for. I love knowing everyone’s viewpoints and what better way than to hear from everyone involved?!
Mia is the younger sister and I think it shows at times. There were a couple of instances when I felt Mia was a bit selfish and immature, at least less so than her sister. This isn’t to say I didn’t like her. Mia is lovely overall. Sharp, funny and friendly to everyone she meets. In some ways she is softer than her sister Laurie, but in other ways stronger.
Laurie has a lot to deal with, the cracks are already showing as she is unhappy with her job, planning her escape, despite the knowledge that it will annoy her mother, then things go from bad to worse, and she flees to the only place she can think of. I really felt for her and while originally I expected Laurie to be quite harsh, she wasn’t at all was as every bit as likeable as her sister.
It has the great sense of friendship between the diner staff, especially the handsome chefs and I would have loved to get to know the locals outside of the diner staff a bit more, especially Debbie, the B&B owner, since Laurie seems to get close to her.
When reading the synopsis, I expected some more drama than there was, but some books just don’t need it. What’s wrong with a story that is just simply charming and puts a smile on your face? That’s exactly what this is.
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Published by: Carina
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review
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The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James

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Secrets never stay buried for long…
Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid…

Luna Bay hasn’t changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!
Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’, Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can’t wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.
One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she’s kept buried for so long – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

The Mince Pie Mix-Up by Jennifer Joyce

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Synopsis

‘I wish I could live your life. I’d happily swap lives with you.’

’Tis the season to be jolly but for Calvin and Judy the usual festive bickering has already begun! Judy’s convinced that her husband has it easy – no glittery wrapping paper, no playground gossip and absolutely no Christmas baking.


Calvin wishes he could trade in his obnoxious boss and dull nine-to-five job to spend more time kicking back with his kids – how hard can Judy’s life really be?


But after a magical mince pie mix-up, one thing’s for certain – by Christmas Day, life for Judy and Calvin will never be the same again. Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener after all…


Return To Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh

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Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…

Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?