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Review: The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke

Series: Beachside Bay #1

Title: The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke

Author: Karen Clarke

Publisher: Bookouture

Published: March 2nd, 2017

Pages: 301

Rating: 4.5/5

My Review:

From the very start this delightful story had me laughing out loud. It starts with Marnie Appleton coping with a salesman trying to sell her his new sweet products – the hilarious banter and imagery are just right to put a big smile on your face! It is a ‘sweet’ fun filled read, with great characters, plenty of surprises and set in the seaside community of Shipley. Marnie inherited the sweet shop a couple of years ago after her grandfather’s death, though she’s dreamed of going off to explore the wider world she’s determined to keep the family business succeeding. However, with a blogging neighbour crusading against people eating sugary products, her ex-boyfriend returning with a new girlfriend, her best friend and shop assistant about to give birth and her grandmother recovering from an operation, there’s lots going on in Marnie’s life and, even though the business has won a prestigious award, the shop need bringing up to date to survive. The pressure is on – can Marnie help the business survive and find time for love and romance in her own life?

This is a lovely, light-hearted read that is a real tonic, it truly is a brilliant feel-good romantic comedy . Whether you’re looking for something to read on the beach or something to help you dream of relaxing at the seaside, it is sure to put a smile on your face. My only advice is be prepared for great laugh out loud moments as you enjoy this well crafted, sweet story served with an added dose of romance! I look forward to future visits to Shipley in other stories in this series, I’ll definitely be looking out for them 🙂

I requested and received a copy of this story via NetGalley and this is my honest review after reading it.


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? 

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

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