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Book Review: The Beachside Sweet Shop

The Beachside Sweet Shop

The Beachside Sweet Shop (Beachside Bay #1) by Karen Clarke

Genres/Themes: Rom-Com, Sugar agenda, Blogging, Contemporary, New Moms, Finding your path

★★★☆☆

*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

BEWARE: This book made me crave sweets so hard!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Marnie Appleton inherited a sweet shop from her grandfather she was determined to do his legacy proud. The shop has been a much-loved feature of the little seaside town of Shipley for years, but now Marnie needs to bring it up to date, and she’s recruited gorgeous new assistant Josh to help.

Marnie gets busy redecorating the shop and choosing delicious new sweets to stock, but things are never that simple: new neighbour Isobel, a fame-hungry blogger, is on a crusade against sugar, and she’ll go to any lengths to secure bad publicity for Marnie’s shop.

Marnie fights back with homemade sugar-free treats, but with her best friend Beth heavily pregnant, her grandmother Celia recovering from an operation, and her very recently ex-boyfriend Alex returning to Shipley with a new love, Marnie has a lot on her plate.

And then there’s Josh, with whom Marnie is struggling to keep her relationship strictly professional…Will both the sweet shop and love flourish?


I do this to myself every time. I keep saying I’ll stop reading these types of books, but then I’ll read a synopsis of one that sounds really cute and funny, so I can’t stop myself from requesting it… I must stop.

This book is…. good. Ugh, I was bored the whole time! I only kept it up because by the time I realized I didn’t care anymore I had an hour or so until bed and didn’t want to start a new book. Then in the morning I was 5% from being done so I had to see how it would end!
The humor was a bit stupid really. Someone says something, ask if it is relating to something mentioned before, then no duh of course not! At first some of these were funny, but then I was like ‘wow…. is she just stupid??’
Then all the talk about her fringe!! In a romantic setting staring into someone’s eyes, are you telling me you are going to look into their eyes and look at your fringe?! and then comment on it internally while having a tense moment?!
Seriously, it seemed like everything that Marnie did annoyed me.

I really liked Josh… he and Beth were probably my favorite characters. A little nutty in their own ways, but interesting and levelheaded in a way.

At this point you must we wondering why I gave this 3 stars instead of something lower… well, it is because… *sigh* in the end it really isn’t a bad book. This is one I’m sure other people could get into, but it just turned out to be my own thing.

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