Today I’m taking part in the mini blog tour for The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?
Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.
Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…
Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills,
Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan.
When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.
But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?
A feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book, it’s a light and easy read which deals well with the emotions of Olivia and Finn who are struggling with their careers in different ways. Olivia is trying to make her father understand she can do a better job than he believes, and Finn wants to save his restaurant and not feel he’s let the previous owners down.
I liked the way the story unfolded, though I felt the pace was a bit faster than I felt it should be. It was good to see the story switch between Olivia and Finn and give us insights into their lives and how they felt about their challenges and each other. All of the characters, both main and supporting, were well-written and realistic, ones that you felt you could relate too or dislike and for good reason.
It was nice to see the development of both Olivia and Finn through the course of the story. It was also good to see how the village interacted with them and watch the village almost become a character in itself.
I like reading stories of people dealing with obstacles and seeing if/how they overcome them. This is the ideal story if you want something warm and cosy but also something that is uplifting and deals with real-life challenges.
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About the author: Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. Julie’s next novel, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, will be out in summer 2019. If you’d like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here: https://mailchi.mp/f3a7d28c0ab8/julie-stockcouk . As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the From Here to You series, for free.
You can connect with Julie via her website – http://www.julie-stock.co.uk , on Twitter – @wood_beez48, via her Facebook Author Page – http://www.facebook.com/JulieStockAuthor , and on Instagram – @julie.stockauthor. Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.
When she is not writing, she works in communications. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.