Book Review: The Little Bed and Breakfast by the Sea by Jennifer Joyce.


Release Date: 28th June 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @jenniferjoycewrites @HQDigitalUK

Okay, so I'm going to be a little unconventional here with my book review because I'd very much like to start with this...

You see, I have enjoyed being in my little book world so much lately, that I find myself wanting to resort to emojis or physical displays of happiness, like dancing or skipping, as I feel like they do a better job of fully explaining my emotions, when reading. Does anybody else get that feeling sometimes? Please tell me that we all have a little book dance or jig upon finding ourselves lost in a a new world and meeting new friends that we feel like we have known forever...I will await your comments of confirmation! ;) 

Let's get back to the book that had me doing my little book jig this week. 'The Little Bed and Breakfast by the Sea' by the wonderful Jennifer Joyce. She is so wonderful, that she never lets me down. Isn't that a nice feeling? Trust. I was thinking about that a lot this week, when reading this delightful book. We as book worms put a lot of trust into authors; we trust that they will make us happy, sad, excited, anxious, scared, nervous, joyful. We trust that they will take us on a journey, one that we can get lost in for a few minutes, if not hours and forget about our troubles and to do lists. That's a lot of trust going round. But when these lovely authors succeed in doing all of the above, it's a very nice feeling indeed. I know that whenever I need a pick me up, or an escape from reality for an hour or two, that I can trust Jennifer Joyce, because like I said before, she never lets me down. 

In Jennifer's new book, we meet three women: 

Mae. She owns the bed and breakfast, works in the local pub, has an adorable four year old daughter, a dress sense I envy and keeps turning down Alfie, the local vet who is determined to win her over, even after months of rejection. 

Willow. She's a dreamer and an optimist even when things are tough. She has her own shop full of wonderful items that may have been ready for the scrap heap but instead have been restored into creative, quirky pieces, giving them a whole new lease of life. She adores her husband Ethan and is missing him while he's away, especially since they are having trouble with their new home and another month has gone by, making her feel more hopeless than hopeful yet again.

Melody. She is a photographer, well not officially, officially she works in an office. But photography is her passion. She's going through an incredibly tough time in her life and has set off on a trip to explore the British seaside, because that's what someone who believed in her the most would have wanted. As long as she has her camera she feels safe but as far as loving life and being truly happy, she's not sure she is ever going to feel that again, without the guilt to accompany it.

I kid you not, I felt like I had known these ladies forever. They felt so real and normal, in a really good way. I can't even pick a favourite because I loved them all so much. I could literally picture every smile and every chat like I was sat right there with them. Oh now I'm getting sad because I miss them...

...Okay I'm fine. I'm just going to have to read it again. Each woman was warm, welcoming, kind, friendly and funny. There were genuinely laugh out loud moments, even when dealing with very real, heartbreaking problems. I loved the way they came together and supported each other, even though they hadn't known each other very long. They looked out for each other because it was the nice thing to do. Honestly, I guarantee you won't be able to read this book without feeling like Mae, Willow and Melody are your new best friends.

I'm at risk of starting to write a short essay however, I cannot end this review without talking about the setting and the guys...ooh maybe I can join them together! Both were stunning, homely, comforting and you couldn't not be happy around them both!! That wasn't bad right?? Ha!! Jennifer's descriptions of the little town, the beach and the bed and breakfast had me wishing I was there. I could picture the walk to the sea, to Willow's shop, to the cliffs, I could picture it all like I was actually there. As for the men, I fell in love with them both, yes I know it's cheesy but I did. Jennifer always makes the perfect guys, they are genuinely nice, funny, lovable and of course sexy. I admired Alfie's determination with Mae and I laughed every time Hugo appeared in a scene. He was charming and such wonderful comic relief, plus he makes Ice Cream for a living!!!!

If all this wasn't enough to entice you to pick up this book, there is also the four year old factor!! Yes Mae's daughter Hannah is a delight, in addition to the stray black cat she is determined to keep!!

'The Little Bed and Breakfast by the Sea' is the perfect summer read. Yep it's as simple as that!

Happy Reading!


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