First up today…
From the first day of Annie’s arrival in the sleepy Cornish resort of Polzel, next-door neighbour Gabriel seems determined to make her life difficult.
Despite his sexy looks and angelic name, Gabriel behaves like an ogre to everyone, and has apparently been that way since losing his wife in a surfing accident. Annie would do far better, her friend Claudia urges her, to focus her attentions on Jamie instead. Jamie’s the hottest lifeguard in the village – and her co-worker in the Polzel beach shop.
But when Polzel’s famous annual pie-rolling contest sees Annie and Gabriel forced together, it turns out Annie might have a thing for big Cornish ogres after all . . .
The Oddest Little Beach Shop at first glance appears to be simply a light, fun holiday read, and whilst it is just that, it also runs deeper as a story of new beginnings, not just for Annie and Leo, but also for Gabriel as he starts to find ways to recover from losing his wife. It is an endearing tale, through which the authors sense of humour shines.
This is a quick read at around 120 pages, but in that little space, Beth Good weaves a tale rich in description and well-developed characters who it is impossible not to fall in love with.
This lovely little book, with its charming descriptions of the locals of Polzel and its village customs, made me crave a return visit to Cornwall, so while you wait patiently for part two of The Oddest Little … Shop review party, I am off to look at holiday cottages.