The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennifer Bohnet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time’s running out to save the little kiosk by the sea…
Sabine knows that if she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little kiosk soon, it might be too late. If only her best friend Owen would stop distracting her with marriage proposals!
Harriet is returning to Dartmouth for the first time in thirty years, haunted by the scandal that drove her away and shocked by an inheritance that could change everything.
Rachel never expected to find love again after her world was shattered a year ago. But it seems as if the sleepy seaside town has different ideas…
One thing’s for sure, it’s a summer they will never forget!
I love a summery contemporary so couldn't wait to get started on this one. Working full time I find it difficult to read during the week, I need light reads that I can pick up read a couple of pages and put down until I have time to return to it. This was what I was hoping to do with the book due to it's length I thought it would be perfect.
The Little Kiosk by the Sea, is a sweet book, one where we follow regulars from the area (Dartmouth) getting into the summer season, it is focused around the kiosk, which is been threatened with closure. This is where I thought the book fell down a bit for me, there were just too many characters for me to understand what was going on. As I said before about my situation, it could just have been due to the fact I didn't have enough time to really get into it. I found it hard to keep up with the characters, although there were some stories that I really enjoyed.
I particularly liked Rachel and Harriet's stories, I could have just read a book about them. I thought the baby Carla story was a little silly and very unrealistic, it didn't seem to go anywhere either. Although this is based round the kiosk, the focus comes away from this and the stories of the people are what make the book.
This would be a perfect read on holiday with a cocktail in one hand and laying on a sunbed. I feel that it was an easy going read and I only wish I had dedicated a whole day to get into the story, I feel had I of done this I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I would rate this as 3.5*, which has been rounded up for Amazon and Goodreads.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.
Well the first thing you must absolutely do is to arrive by ferry rather than the inland route. There are two ferries continually criss-crossing the river but my preference is always for the Higher Ferry. Seeing Dartmouth from the other side of the river for the first time is unforgettable, as Ellie in The Little Kiosk By The Sea found the day she joined her mother Harriet in the house she’d inherited. Be warned though, there can be a lengthy wait for the ferry in the height of summer.
Once in Dartmouth there is so much to see and do but start with a wander along the Embankment towards the ancient Bayards Cove from where the Mayflower and Speedwell set sail for America. So much activity on the river these days, yachts, dinghies, even the occasional frigate making an official visit to the Royal Naval College high on the hill overlooking the town. You’ll walk past several of the little kiosks advertising fishing and boat trips, similar to the one in the book. If you have time, take a trip on the small passenger ferry out to the castle - keeping a an eye out for the beautiful bronze mermaid on her rock.
Back in town explore the centre of town with its medieval streets - Duke Street with the Butterwalk, Anzac Street, Foss Street usually a riot of flowers and hanging baskets in summer. As you wander around you’ll see flights of old steps in various parts of the town - explore where they lead and you’ll see parts of Dartmouth that visitors rarely see.
Celebrate your visit at the end of the day sitting by the boatfloat in the centre of town with a typical Dartmouth ice-cream - coffee flavour with Devonshire clotted cream on top and a chocolate flake. Delicious!
The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennifer Bohnet is out 6th July (HQ, £7.99) Find out more about Jennifer’s writing at www.jenniferbohnet.com