A Baby at the Beach Café by Lucy Diamond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Baby at the Beach Cafe is an engaging short story follow-up to Lucy Diamond's bestselling novel The Beach Cafe.
Evie loves running her beach cafe in Cornwall but with a baby on the way, she's been told to put her feet up. Let someone else take over? Not likely.
Helen's come to Cornwall to escape the stress of city living. She hopes a seaside life will be the answer to all her dreams. When she sees a job advertised at the cafe it sounds perfect.
But the two women clash and sparks fly. . . and then events take a dramatic turn. Can the pair of them put aside their differences in a crisis?
This is another quick read for this year, Lucy Diamond is an author I have heard about, however I have never actually read one of her books. I didn't think this was going to be good as this novella is in the Beach Cafe series. Saying that, it really didn't matter that I hadn't read the others.
This novella is broken down into 2 women's perspectives, Helen and Evie. Evie owns and runs the Beach Cafe with her husband Ed, they took over from her aunt and have been there ever since. Heavily pregnant and running the cafe it is hard, although Evie doesn't want to slow down, her husband and her doctor have told her otherwise. They need a new manager, just while Evie is out of action.
Helen and her husband used to own a pub and moved down to Cornwall to have a long awaited gap year, however Helen is bored and wants a job. The ladies don't hit it off from the onset but Helen is determined to make the best of it.
This is a wonderful quick read, which I enjoyed immensely. As I mentioned before it is part of a series, that didn't matter though it can be enjoyed as a stand alone. I found it so easy to get stuck into and I really liked the characters. Due to the shortness of the novella, you don't feel there is enough time to build up a relationship with the characters or really get to know them. This didn't bother me though and if I want to I could now go back and read the series.
This is a delightful story to read on a gloomy day, which will cheer you up no end. I would recommend this if you are a Lucy Diamond fan or you just love a little bit of chick lit.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.