Having already read and reviewed three books in author Beth Good series, namely the Oddest Little Romance shop, Chocolate Shop, and Book Shop, and loved all three, I approached the final two books with excitement and trepidation in equal measure. What if they were not as good? What if I didn’t ike them?
My fears were unfounded. Beth Good delivers again and again. Completing the series are two novellas that only add to the love and romance of Cornwall, its villages, and traditions They are funny, heartwarming, quirky, with characters you’ll love, and delicious romances that get you just that little bit hot and bothered.
Born and raised in Essex, England, Beth Good was whisked away to an island tax haven at the age of eleven to attend an exclusive public school and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Sadly, she never became rich or famous herself, so had to settle for infamy as a writer of dubious novels. She writes under several different names, mainly to avoid confusing her readers – and herself! As Beth Good she writes romantic comedy and feel-good fiction. She also writes thrillers as Jane Holland, historicals as Victoria Lamb and Elizabeth Moss, and feel-good fiction as Hannah Coates.
Beth currently lives in the West Country where she spends a great deal of time thinking romantic thoughts while staring out of her window at sheep. (These two actions are unrelated.)
You can find her most days on Twitter as @BethGoodWriter where she occasionally indulges in pointless banter about chocolate making and the Great British Bake Off. Due to a basic inability to say no, she has too many children and not enough money, which means she needs as many readers as she can get.
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The Oddest Little Cornish Tea Shop
It’s a big day for Charlie Bell – the grand reopening of her Aunt Pansy’s long-closed tea rooms in Tremevissey, a quaint Cornish seaside resort. But not everyone is happy for Charlie. The locals say the tea rooms are cursed. For Pansy was cruelly jilted by her lover, and walked out into the ocean, never to return.
Charlie dismisses the ‘curse’ as superstitious nonsense, but by the end of the first day, her world is in tatters, and she’s not even sure the tea rooms can open again.
Then in walks a rugged, taciturn man with a sexy smile and everything he owns on his back, looking for a summer job . . .
Is Gideon Petherick an angel in disguise? Or is history about to repeat itself?
After all the time effort and money she ploughed into refurbishing the tea shop in the village of Tremevissey, Charlie (Charlotte) has a disastrous re-opening. Her cook turns out to be clumsy and incompetent, after ruining the food, she almost burns the place down, and Charlie has to close again.
Awaiting the insurance assessor, the handsome and enigmatic Gideon turns up and offers his help in return for food and lodging. Even with his help things go from bad to worse as electrics need to be fixed and more. Is there really a curse on the shop? And just what is Gideon’s secret?
What is he hiding from Charlie?
Seriously, with its mix of romance and mystery, characters that will have you laughing, tearing your hair out, and loving every minute of it, you need to read this book.
The Oddest Little Beach Shop
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 . . .
Very different in so many ways to the last novella. This is a wonderful story of family, bereavement, and starting over. Annie and her teenage nephew are learning how to make life together work. They move to the small town of Polzel in Cornwall where her friend Claudia lives, looking for a fresh start.
But does the fresh start mean new love for Annie? And if it does, then who with? Jamie the hot lifeguard, or Gabriel the grumpy neighbour? What about Leo? Maybe she should put her life on hold until he’s older? She needs to focus on Leo, a damned annoying and utterly lovable thirteen-year-old boy. A typical young teenager, finding his way out of death and loss.
Again, the author gives us clearly defined characters that the reader will love; we get them warts and all.
These two are arguably the best, or maybe just my favourites, or maybe not….
I loved them all.
What I said in my last set of reviews applies equally to these final two novellas, adding just a soupcon of mystery into the mix:
Beth Good writes beautifully and can draw a character for the reader with just a few words…each book is whole and complete in and of itself; readers were not left wanting. Like their titles, they are the oddest collection of romances, a little off-beat, idiosyncratic, and an utter delight to read. They’re sweet and lovely, laced with humour, alive with romance, and with the merest hint of darkness and wickedness. All of which combines to lure the reader deeper into the story until, like me, you cannot put the book down.
Buy them. Put them on your phone, your kindle, slip a paper back into you bag or pocket, and when you are waiting somewhere, having a coffee, or on your lunch-break, whip one out to read. You’ll not regret it.
Enjoy my pretties…enjoy them all.
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