The Little Bookshop by the Sea by Eliza J. Scott
(The first book in the Welcome to Mickleway Bay series)
The novel is set in the seaside town of Micklewick Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, where Florrie Appleton (32) works at The Happy Hartes Bookshop. All readers will relate to the wonders of a bookshop, so it’s a lovely setting for this story.
The characters are lovely, well-written and very believable. I love Mr Harte, Miss Davenport and Florrie’s group of girlfriends she hangs out with – Jasmine, Stella, Maggie and Lark. Every good novel has a dog in it and this one features Gerty, the lovely black Labrador who lives at the bookshop with Mr Harte. There’s also a very yummy romantic lead…
The book is mainly a romance novel (though every romance has lots of other bits to it) and we begin the book knowing Florrie is dating Graham, though they seem more like friends than lovers. When a mysterious stranger talks to her outside the bookshop, she finds him very attractive. Could this be the start of something? But then a tragic event happens, which means romance is the last thing on Florrie’s mind…
There are lots of things going on in this book, plenty to hold your interest and keep you reading. The level of “bedroom activity” is perfect for me (i.e. behind closed doors) and Florrie is such a lovely character, you’re rooting for her all the way through and hoping she gets the happy ending she deserves.
A lovely, feel-good book.
9 out of 10
The Little Bookshop By The Sea
Welcome to the Happy Hartes Bookshop in Micklewick Bay on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast!
The Happy Hartes Bookshop has been a part of bookworm Florrie Appleton’s life as far back as she can remember. From the evocative smell of the books, to working alongside her beloved Mr H and his black Labrador, Gerty, there’s no wonder she calls it her happy place.
Living in a town she loves, with her family and group of close-knit friends nearby, life is sweet. Until one dreadful Monday morning, when everything is turned upside down and things are changed forever.
Devastated, Florrie finds herself thrown into an unexpected situation with handsome stranger, Ed Harte, owner of a pair of twinkly navy-blue eyes and a smile that has the knack of making mischief with her insides.
Despite being fresh out of a relationship, Florrie quickly finds herself falling for him, but she’s torn, reluctant to give her heart to someone who seems intent on not sticking around.
While her heart’s doing battle with her head, Florrie soon finds herself privy to a secret with Ed involving a heart-wrenching twist they could never have imagined.
Will love find a way to bring them together, or are they destined to go their separate ways?
Author Bio – Eliza lives in the North Yorkshire countryside with her family. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.
Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. Her books will always have a happy ending.
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