Friday, 19 May 2017

Book Review - Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot

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Title: Summer at the Little Wedding Shop
Author: Jane Linfoot
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 18th May 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

The third book in the bestselling series, ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’.

When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Love is in the Cornish sea breeze this summer as the girls tackle their busiest wedding season yet. There’s plenty of bunting, bubbly and baking – but who is going to catch the bouquet?

What a joy it is to be back at The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, with its wonderful cast of characters, both the regulars and the new ones. It has felt like I was returning to an old friend, warm and comforting, while on some occasions making me smile and laugh a lot. 

If you haven't read the other books in this series, you are missing out on some great stories, but in terms of Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, it can be read as a standalone book. The main focal character is Lily, and the previous books featured others associated with the shop. However if you have read the others, you will be glad to know that Poppy, Sera, Jess, Rafe are all back, and we a thrown into a very busy wedding season, in Cornwall. 

Kip Penryn is in town and comes from a family of men not to be trusted. He is setting up his own wedding business in a family manor house, despite knowing nothing about Weddings. Poppy is worried this could severely affect her own wedding venue, and enlists the ladies at The Little Wedding Shop to do some spying, and one upmanship. 

Lily who is the shops newest wedding stylist, is persuaded to play double agent and report back her findings while styling any of Kip's bookings. Or at least that was the initial plan! 

There are three main weddings to look forward to in this book, Immie to Chas, Natalie to Miles and then Lily's mother Barbara to Dave.  Of course nothing is simple, as Natalie and Chas were meant to be getting married to each other in book 1 of the series, and there is a great rivalry between Immie and Natalie, on instagram as they both organise their weddings.  Natalie is a real bridezilla, as is Barabara, and Lily is meant to be styling all three of these wedding. 

Add in acts of sabotage so that Kip stands less chance of competing with Poppy and you have a lot of things going on, in a well pace, highly enjoyable story. I seem to love this author more and more every time I read her books, especially this series, and Summer at the Little Wedding Shop will certainly make you think of summer, and equally have you reaching for the bridal mags to plan your own wedding! 

Thank you so much to Jane Linfoot for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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