Friday 14 March 2014

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café by Mary Simses

Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 978-1472203878
Release Date: August 2013
Source: Amazon Vine

From Goodreads: Manhattan lawyer Ellen Branford is going to fulfil her grandmother's dying wish - to find the hometown boy she once loved and give him her last letter. Beacon, Maine, home to blueberry fields and eccentric locals, is the last place she wants to go so close to her upcoming wedding. Hoping to be in and out in 24 hours, Ellen ends up the talk of the town when a tumble into the ocean introduces her to Roy Cummings, the carpenter who saves her life. Roy happens to be the nephew of Ellen's grandmother's lost love, and the one person who can bring closure to her quest. But as Ellen learns what Beacon has to offer and what her grandmother left behind, she may find that a 24 hour visit will never be enough...

This is a sweet, easy read that made me wish I could visit the small town described in the story. It really is (as repeatedly described) a perfect read for fans of Nicholas Sparks - and I must say I really enjoyed it.

I loved the idea for the novel - Ellen returning to her grandmother's hometown to carry out her promise to deliver a letter, and not only discovering things she never knew about her grandmother but herself as well. I was really rooting for Ellen, and although I didn't love her to begin with she really grew on me.

The love story is perhaps a little predictable - and I would have liked it to have occurred over a longer period of time - but it was still really sweet and I could really picture the two of them together.

Plus there are some really laugh out loud scenes! And the food description made me seriously hungry!

I'll definitely be checking out the next book by Mary Simses.

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