Saturday, 26 November 2016

Book Review - The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James - Back Catalogue Books

Back Catalogue Books is my new regular Saturday feature, focusing on books that are not the latest releases. There is going to be a mix of Q&As and also reviews, depending on what I have the space for. 

If you are an author wanting to take part in Back Catalogue Books then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you. 

I hope everyone enjoys this weekly look back at some of the slightly older books that are about but still great, and that I eventually make a dent in my TBRs as a result of it!

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Title:  The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club
Author: Lynsey James
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 1st August 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park
Emily Reed is having a bad day. Her mother has just dropped a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father!

Desperately in need of answers, Emily heads to Luna Bay covering her personal quest up as a work trip to Sunflower Cottage B&B.

Setting up the ‘Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club’ should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is. The only problem is brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, who is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.

Discovering the truth after all these years was never going to be simple, but Emily will stop at nothing to uncover her past… even if her heart is getting in the way!

What a delightful and easy to read book, that is a lot of fun, and makes you really want to eat breakfast regardless of the time of day! In fact I really fancy some crispy bacon and pancakes to go alongside writing this review! 

This is the second book set in Luna Bay, but it can easily be read as standalone, featuring a new location within Luna Bay, and a brand new set of characters, as well as saying hello to old faces to pop up. It is always nice in a series, to see characters you recognise, and the second Lucy popped up, even though its been a long while since I read the first book, she was memorable instantly, I'm glad to say. 

But what of the new characters. Well Emily Reed suffers a really bad day. She lost out on the promotion she was chasing at work, and not on merit (or lack of), and the her critical and rather domineering mother drops a large bombshell. Emily's father of 25 years, is not her biological dad, and the other one lives in Luna Bay. 

Emily manages, sinces she is a workaholic to combine her insistence to get time off to go to Luna Bay, with a work trip to try and secure some big business in the area for her employers.  She ends up at the Sunflower Cottage B&B and instantly lock horns with the owner's nephew. 

As her various quests get underway, things change when Rose who'se cottage it is, has a fall, leaving Emily and Noah to take over. Their first attempts at cooking breakfast are simply hilarious, although with my own cooking skills I probably shouldn't have laughed. 

What is equally amusing is that Emily doesn't do breakfast at all. She tends to just have a kale smoothie, so when they receive some expert help to try and improve things, and so they can offer a breakfast club for village of Luna Bay, she discovers just how tasty breakfasts can be. 

There is something just so readable about Lynsey James' writing, that is just a pleasure to read. It is easy to follow, flows well and the pacing is good too, all the while telling a story that draws you in and keeps you wanting to read more. 

The main themes of the book are to do with the shock announcement about Emily's biological father, her continued quest for promotion and also a lot generally of family relationships, in addition to whether she is going to follow her heart or head. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, there are lots of laughs to be had, and the overall idea of the Breakfast club really appealed to me. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and HQ Digital  for this copy of the book. This was my honest opinion. 

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