REVIEW: The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James

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Blurb:  The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park.

Emily Reed is having a bad day. Devastated at losing her hard-earned promotion to the ditz who’s sleeping with the boss, her mother drops a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father.

Now Emily needs answers and a month in Luna Bay should give her the time she needs to find her father, and land the difficult client at the Sunflower Cottage B&B which should put her back in the running for her coveted promotion.

Setting up the Sunflower Cottage breakfast club should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is! The only problem is that brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.

Finding out the truth was never going to be simple, but she never thought her heart would get in the way…



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My Rating: 3.5/5

Review:  As the blurb says, Emily has had a bad day.  As if missing out on a promotion wasn’t  enough she finds out that evening that the man who raised her is not her biological father.  After this shocking revelation she decides to head off to Luna Bay in Yorkshire where her biological father lives to meet him and see what she’s missed out on all these years.  What she doesn’t bargain for is for her boss to make it a working holiday, or for her to get tangled up in the workings of the very business she is there to buy and to end up falling for the village and its inhabitants.  At the end of it all what will she choose, her old life in Glasgow or a new life in Luna Bay……..

This was a light, easy read that I read over a couple of days.  It’s ideal for a bit of summer escapism as Luna Bay comes across as a bright and breezy, friendly place.  This is the first book of Lynsey James that I have read and overall I enjoyed it, the characters were well-written and the village, Sunflower Cottage and the other businesses there were well described.  What let it down, for me, was the characters of Emily and Noah, I didn’t particularly like either of them. Noah was limp and judgemental and Emily was honestly quite boring to start with, for someone of 25 she acted more like someone far older.  Emily did grow on me a little once she loosened up but even then I still found her immature and too willing to do what she thought she should rather than what she wanted to do.  Emily’s mother also irritated me but the other characters were lovely, especially Rose who probably deserves a book all to herself.  In fact that would be an excellent idea, the story of Rose and Sunflower Cottage and some of the guests who’ve stayed there, that I would love to read.

Back to the actual book though, it was a lovely story even though it didn’t quite capture me as much as I had hoped it would and ended a bit more abruptly than I expected.  The setting was clearly gorgeous and I could easily imagine myself staying there for a long weekend, it sounded like the sort of place you could go and never leave.  If you want a light, breezy read, especially one that will distract you from our appalling weather, then this may well be the book for you.  Ideal with something chilled or a nice fruity ice cream, it’s the perfect summer combination.

Many thanks to the author and Neverland Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.




About Lynsey James

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…





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