Today I’m taking part in a blog tour with a difference. I’m reviewing two of the five books in this series, The Oddest Little Chocolate Shop and The Oddest Little Cornish Tea Shop.
The Oddest Little Chocolate Shop
Treat yourself to something delicious . . .
‘I love Beth Good’s quirky style!’ – bestselling author Katie Fforde
When Clementine discovers that Monsieur Ravel’s beloved chocolaterie is about to close, she rushes to rescue it – without thinking through the consequences.
A lost Persian cat, a depressed but utterly gorgeous French chocolatier, an allergic shop assistant in search of true love, the oddest little chocolate shop Clementine has ever seen . . .
Can Clementine save them all, or has she bitten off more than she can chew?
A delicious, feel-good novella set in the world of chocolate-making from popular romantic comedy writer Beth Good.
My Review: This is a lovely, quirky story which, isn’t actually set in the countryside as the cover picture suggests. However, that aside, this is a lovely quirky read that will fill your senses with chocolate and have you wishing this chocolate shop was just round the corner from you.
Despite being a novella, the characters are all really well written. There’s a few that appear only for a few pages and even they are incredibly realistic. It’s one of those books where you get the sense that what happens in it genuinely could be happening somewhere, you just don’t know about it.
If you want a shorter read and/or to escape from life for a while then this book would be perfect for you.
The Oddest Little Cornish Tea Shop
It’s a big day for Charlie Bell – the grand reopening of her Aunt Pansy’s long-closed tea rooms in Tremevissey, a quaint Cornish seaside resort. But not everyone is happy for Charlie. The locals say the tea rooms are cursed. For Pansy was cruelly jilted by her lover, and walked out into the ocean, never to return.
Charlie dismisses the ‘curse’ as superstitious nonsense, but by the end of the first day, her world is in tatters, and she’s not even sure the tea rooms can open again.
Then in walks a rugged, taciturn man with a sexy smile and everything he owns on his back, looking for a summer job . . .
Is Gideon Petherick an angel in disguise? Or is history about to repeat itself? The latest novella in Beth Good’s quirky and popular ‘Oddest Little Shop’ romcom series.
My Review: As with The Oddest Little Chocolate Shop I really enjoyed this book. It’s a lovely, easy read but one which has you caring about the characters and hoping that, in this case, the tea rooms survive. Being novellas there is a lot crammed into a short number of chapters. It doesn’t feel forced but things move quicker in the stories than they would in real life. Having said that it does mean you get the satisfaction of an ending which doesn’t leave you hanging (I really don’t like it when that happens!).
This one is set in a village in Cornwall. It’s a place I’ve not yet been but I got a real sense of it from the writing. The characters were as well written as I’ve mentioned in the above review but in this story there were quite a few emotions and they came across really well too.
This is another short but perfectly formed story which is ideal for escaping from the real world for a while and, although I haven’t read the other three books in the series I expect they will also be perfect escapist reads.
About the author:
Born and raised in Essex, England, Beth Good was whisked away to an island tax haven at the age of eleven to attend an exclusive public school and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Sadly, she never became rich or famous herself, so had to settle for infamy as a writer of dubious novels. She writes under several different names, mainly to avoid confusing her readers – and herself! As Beth Good she writes romantic comedy and feel-good fiction. She also writes thrillers as Jane Holland, historicals as Victoria Lamb and Elizabeth Moss, and feel-good fiction as Hannah Coates. Beth currently lives in the West Country where she spends a great deal of time thinking romantic thoughts while staring out of her window at sheep. (These two actions are unrelated.) You can find her most days on Twitter as @BethGoodWriter where she occasionally indulges in pointless banter about chocolate making and the Great British Bake Off. Due to a basic inability to say no, she has too many children and not enough money, which means she needs as many readers as she can get.
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