The Beachside Sweetshop- Karen Clarke

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Amazon- Chocolate fudge, butterscotch and raspberry bonbons… treat yourself to some sugary treats, a big slice of friendship and a sprinkling of romance at The Beachside Sweet Shop.

When Marnie Appleton inherited a sweet shop from her grandfather she was determined to do his legacy proud. The shop has been a much-loved feature of the little seaside town of Shipley for years, but now Marnie needs to bring it up to date, and she’s recruited gorgeous new assistant Josh to help.

Marnie gets busy redecorating the shop and choosing delicious new sweets to stock, but things are never that simple: new neighbour Isobel, a fame-hungry blogger, is on a crusade against sugar, and she’ll go to any lengths to secure bad publicity for Marnie’s shop.

Marnie fights back with homemade sugar-free treats, but with her best friend Beth heavily pregnant, her grandmother Celia recovering from an operation, and her very recently ex-boyfriend Alex returning to Shipley with a new love, Marnie has a lot on her plate.

And then there’s Josh, with whom Marnie is struggling to keep her relationship strictly professional…Will both the sweet shop and love flourish?

A deliciously heartwarming read about family, friends and handmade coconut ice. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Debbie Johnson and Tilly Tennant

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My review:

Marnie inherits her grandfathers sweet shop and when it wins an award it starts to attract negative attention from one of her new neighbours who is on an anti sugar campaign with a hidden agenda.

Marnie has a yearning to travel but also a lovely sense of family- she doesn’t want her grandfathers shop to fail. With a failed relationship behind her- is she ready for a new love?

There is a lovely cast of characters- Marnie’s nan is a superstar at dog training, her mum is a wannabe hippy and her friend is a lovely support to her whilst she plans the sweetshop’s future. I loved the plans and the recipe testing. It made me want some Turkish Delight and Jelly beans on hand!

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A hint of romance, set by the beach and delicious sounding sweets- what more could a book offer!!!!!!!!!

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I’ve found another great author to add to my favourites list and delighted to read that another book in the series is due in June

Karen Clarkes Amazon page

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