From the outside she looks like any other thirty-three-year-old woman, with a gorgeous house and beautiful daughter.
But when Beth receives a threatening text message from an anonymous number on the way to her surprise birthday party, she knows her time is up.
Enjoy your birthday, Beth. It’ll be your last.
Beth has a secret that has haunted her past for as long as she can remember. A secret that only those closest to her know. A stranger died once… because of Beth.
As she arrives at her house, there’s only one thing she knows for certain, someone at the party wants her to pay.
This is a really good, keep you guessing kind of read. It is well paced that makes you want to keep reading until the end. Thinking I knew early on was a big mistake in my eyes, you won’t be prepared to find out who it actually is. Everyone is actually suspiciously and everyone is a suspect but who is it really? I was gripped from the first page and was shocked by the ending to this chilly and tense story.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for sending me a e copy of this book.
Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley.
Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.
Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend… But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.
With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?
I was happy to receive an advanced reading copy of this book as I really had enjoyed Karen’s previous novel The Beachside Sweet shop. The cover looks so pretty and inviting and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I loved the story and I liked it that it kept on referring back to the sweet shop as the flower stall is in the same town square as the sweet shop. I love the fact that it is a romantic comedy as you certainly get the romance and there is quite a few laughs to be had reading this book. I particularly found myself warming to Carrie as she reminded me a bit of myself in certain ways. I cannot wait for the next book, I am sure it is going to be as good as this one.
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?
I was very lucky to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved it. I really like the cover it looks good enough to eat. The story centre’s around Marnie’s sweetshop now I am a big chocolate lover but I do also love sweets, so when I was reading this book I got pretty hungry thinking of the raspberry bonbons which are delicious. Running a sweetshop would be my dream job though I am not sure my waistline would like it. My parents live in Dorset so it was a nice little touch when Karen mentioned Wareham. I am really looking forward to Karen’s next book which is out in June.