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‘The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge’ is a great contemporary romance. Read on to discover more about this book, my review of it and the opportunity to enter a giveaway with a chance to win some goodies related to this book!
When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?
Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.
Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…
Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills,
Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan.
When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.
But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?
A feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.
This really is a feel-good contemporary romance and a fantastic heartwarming read – great for on the beach or curled up by the fire!
Olivia Fuller is fed up of the male chauvinists she has to work with in the office of her father’s firm. She’s also feeling frustrated because her father doesn’t seem to trust her to be able to put into practice all she’s learnt about turning a failing restaurant into a successful one. She’s been offered another job but her father preempts her leaving by giving her the opportunity she’d craved – to help make the small bistro in Devon into a success.
She’s confident and determined but also surprised that the bistro’s previous owner is to remain, working as the chef, for at least six months. That owner is Finn Anderson. He’s distraught at losing his beloved bistro but happy the bank has managed to find him a buyer to help him recoup his loses. He doesn’t anticipate it will be fun working for someone else, so he’s wary. However, his great talents as a chef coupled with her management and business skills make this a team that stands a great chance at success and as they get to know each other, the attraction between them grows. However, nothing is straightforward and there are hidden agendas, shocking revelations and they’ll really have to work together if they’re to keep the Bistro!
What a great read this proved to be, a story packed with love, tasty food, a great community and some shocking twists to keep me turning the pages. It is a delightful story of love and friendship, with well developed characters and lots of laugh out loud moments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and have no hesitation in highly recommending it – I look forward to reading more by this author and hope this is the start of a new series as I’d like to go back to catch up with this Devon seaside community.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and really enjoying doing so.
Author Bio –
Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. Julie’s next novel, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, will be out in summer 2019. If you’d like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here: https://mailchi.mp/f3a7d28c0ab8/julie-stockcouk . As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the From Here to You series, for free.
You can connect with Julie via her website – www.julie-stock.co.uk , on Twitter – @wood_beez48, via her Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/JulieStockAuthor , and on Instagram – @julie.stockauthor. Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.
When she is not writing, she works in communications. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.
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