The first thing to say is this book has a stunning cover! It’s a book I would definitely pick up in a shop and you know exactly what kind of novel it’s going to be – as it says on the back, “a perfectly funny, feel-good summer romance” which is one of my favourite genres.
(NOTE: This book was previously published as a serial in four parts, but now you can read it all together in one volume at 348 pages.)
The star of this story is Ella. She is 29 and works as a seamstress for a bridal wear shop called Frills, Frocks and Fairy Tales (Love that name!) I loved her straight away. You really feel for her in the first chapter, she comes across as lovely, but far from perfect and I could relate to her lack of confidence. I also love sewing!
Ella’s best friend Brittany is getting married at the beautiful Sandy Cove in a couple of months. Ella and other bestie Lucy are going to be the bridesmaids. Ella is single and pretty much the poster girl for “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride!” But when she accidentally meets Kit, could it be she has finally met ‘the one’??
I love Bella Osborne’s writing style. You get straight into the story, it’s an easy read you want to keep going with and find out what happens. The characters are so believable, I could easily see myself being friends with Ella, Lucy and Brittany (as in Ferries, not Spears!), they have a brilliant friendship. (And Lucy’s mum Terri’s backstory seems to be based on me, ha ha!)
There’s a lot going on in the book, it’s not just a romance, there are a whole load of friendships, relationships, tensions and secrets to explore. There’s a lovely gentle humour to it and I loved the situations Ella has to deal with at work, with the brides and bridesmaids who come in for dresses. And her boss Wanda is awful! I’d have definitely told her where to shove her tiaras!!
I have two of Bella Osborne’s previous novels on my To Be Read pile, but haven’t had chance to read them yet. After reading A Wedding at Sandy Cove, I’ll definitely be looking forward to exploring more of her work. I suspect she’ll be one of those authors I buy everything they release, because I just know it’s going to be a great read!
A Wedding At Sandy Cove
Escape to Sandy Cove, where the scent of summer and the sound of wedding bells are in the air!
Ella makes brides’ dreams come true – there’s no dress she can’t make perfect with her sewing skills and some sparkle. But Ella’s own love life is no fairy tale. Recently dumped, surrounded by fussy brides and with the prospect of wearing a hideous brown bridesmaids dress to her friend’s wedding, Ella feels more alone than ever so agrees to go on a blind date.
A mix up on the night introduces her to Kit.
Kit is definitely not the man she was supposed to meet, but he could end up changing her life in ways she never thought possible…
A perfectly funny, feel-good summer romance that will whisk you away to sandy beaches and a seaside wedding. Fans of Cathy Bramley, Katie Fforde and Milly Johnson will adore Bella Osborne.
Author Bio –
Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written a number of best-selling romantic comedies and book club reads and won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2022.
Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.
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