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?
Jane Linfoot has such pretty covers, especially this one. It’s impossible to ignore the beautiful illustrations and dainty colours.However I have never read any of her books before, so I set about correcting this pronto. I love weddings and everything that goes with it. The cake, the dress (especially the dress), the romance of it. So what better book to start with?
The book is fun and pretty light hearted. It has a few moments that are sad and thoughtful but overall it is a book where you can just sit back and relax. The writing style is good and draws you into the story, the times I had to put it down for work, food and sleep, I was always eager to pick it up as soon as I had a chance to.
Poppy was an incredibly relatable character. Most of us have had our hearts broken, and at times it seemed to hit Poppy harder, but for a lot of the time it was more an emotional attachment to her wedding dress than her ex, Brett. No that I really blame her, if I had found ‘The Dress’ I would get emotional too, but when you’re more sad over never wearing a dress rather than losing ‘The One’, then it’s clear that Brett was never Mr Right.
She sounds a really conscientious person who cares about everything she does and when she first started her job on the farm in an unorganised chaos, I really felt her nightmare and annoyance at the previous event manager’s lack of any form of professionalism. I was begging for a scene where Poppy and Carrie would meet, just so I could meet Carrie and see her infuriating and useless ways rather than hearing second hand about her ineptness from her boss and ex-colleagues.
The two best friends were great. They annoyed me a little at times, but when push comes to shove, whenever anyone needed help and support they were all there for each other. Poppy shows herself as incredibly generous and kind, especially to Cate, and I am sure that Cate would help Poppy if the tables were turned, especially as Poppy deserves it. Rafe was the dark brooding type, and even though he was a grumpy so and so, you could instantly tell he could steal anyone’s heart. the only character that really got on my nerves (other than bridezilla Nicole) was Jules, he always seemed a bit… I don’t know, slightly too cocky maybe but something about him put me on edge.
Simply put, this book was a perfect romantic read. I cannot wait for the rest of the series!
Published by: HarperImpulse
Gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review