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Kat's Review of The Little Flower Shop By The Sea by Ali McNamara

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Synopsis: The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix. But Poppy Carmichael's spirits aren't lifted by the pretty West Country spring. Inheriting her grandmother's flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds too many memories.

Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more-shabby-than-chic shop. And with the added complication of Jake, the gruff but gorgeous local flower grower, Poppy is very tempted to run away... The pretty little town has a few surprises in store for Poppy. With new friends to help her and romance blooming, it's time for Poppy to open her heart to St Felix and to the special magic of a little flower shop by the sea!

Kat’s Rating: 5/5

Kat’s Review: Ali McNamara’s books are like a breath of fresh air. I read a LOT of Crime, Thriller and Mystery’s so when I have a break from the genre I always want a book that is the complete opposite. Thankfully Ali McNamara’s books not only tell wonderful stories, they manage to transport you to a whole new world. In this case St Felix in Cornwall. By the halfway point in the book I was already wondering whether I could squeeze in a quick weekend down there at some point during the summer.

Our leading lady Poppy Carmichael isn’t the standard issue girl next door in terms of looks. She always dresses in black and has a serious chip on her shoulder. I fell in love with her immediately. She has been left her Grandmother’s florist down in St Ives, and she makes her way down there not knowing what to do. Her first instinct is to race back to London after selling up.

What actually happens is that she runs into quite a few of the locals and before she knows it, has agreed to give the shop a go and stays on in ST Ives. Not only is Poppy a fabulous character but as usual in a McNamara book all the secondary characters are fabulous too. Amber, Woody, Jake and some other locals add to the charm of both the story and this seaside town.

I was rooting for Poppy, as we realise very early on that there are reasons for her strange behaviours’ and phobia’s, only we are made to wait to find out exactly why. The story was told in such a way that you had enough of each part of the story without it being ruined. I loved everything about it from the setting, to the characters to the story itself. It seems that Ali McNamara has produced another cracking book that is the perfect getaway from real life.

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