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The Beach Cafe

The Beach Cafe [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Diamond
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

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'Romantic, dreamy and fun, this is perfect poolside reading.'

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Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 569 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; 2 edition (3 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZF70F4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Nottingham, Lucy Diamond has lived in Leeds, London, Oxford and Brighton, but now lives in beautiful Bath. She is married with three children.

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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 22 July 2011
Set in Cornwall, the heroine of the story is Evie - a thirty-something woman whose life is in a bit of a rut. She's the black sheep of the family, her sisters are both successful, gorgeous, well-groomed, married with children and have great careers. Evie goes from one temp job to another, not really knowing what she wants to do, her long-term relationship with geeky Matthew has gone a bit stale - the only great thing in her life is Saul, Matthew's young son who Evie adores.
Evie is devastated when her aunt Jo is killed in a car accident. Jo always believed in Evie, never criticised her and allowed her to be herself. Evie spent many happy holidays at Jo's beach cafe in Cornwall. The whole family are shocked and surprised to learn that Jo has left the cafe to Evie. Everyone expects Evie to sell up - after all when has she ever made a success of anything? Evie is determined to prove them wrong.
This is a fabulous read. Evie is one of those really likeable characters that you soon grow to love, she reminded me a little of Bridget Jones - daft, funny but very caring. Sometimes she makes huge mistakes, sometimes she does things that are incredibly annoying, but you can't help but love her!
Lucy Diamond is very good at creating some great characters, really human and believable and her descriptions of the Cornwall village and beach were fabulous.
Ok, there may be a smidgeon of predictability along the way, but I'm not complaining - everyone needs a little romance in their lives and Evie deserves it more than most.
I enjoyed every page of The Beach Cafe, it has all the ingredients for the perfect summer read and I can't wait to read more of Lucy Diamond's novels.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely feel good read 4 Jun 2011
By cathy
I have read all of Lucy Diamond's books and loved them all so this new book was no disappointment to me. I immediately loved Evie and her grappling's with inheriting her Aunties café in Cornwall. She is torn between leaving her life in Oxford for a new life by the sea. The descriptions of Cornwall are beautiful and I found the book really funny too. I highly recommend this book for a lovely holiday read, I read it in four hours! Just great to gobble down in one sitting. Looking forward to the next book.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect feel-good book 29 Oct 2011
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I love Lucy Diamond's books; they always have likeable characters, a great story and a wonderful feel-good factor - perfect for curling up with on the sofa for a few hours.

Evie, the main character is endearing. She has always felt a failure against the successes of her two sisters, also in her job and of late in her ever increasingly stale relationship with Matthew. I did want to push her into action to give him the boot so many times but it was easy to understand her fear of life without him.

Out of the blue Evie receives the unexpected and awful news that her favourite aunt from Cornwall has unexpectedly died. Evie not only finds herself having to deal with her own grief and feelings of loss but having to make the life changing decision as to what to do in the long-term about her aunt's pride and joy, her beach side cafe.

Lucy Diamond writes so well that it is easy to get caught up in her characters and the predicaments they face. I really felt for Evie when she found herself ostracised by some of the locals. I wanted to scream at her to get some backbone and deal with the staff who were walking all over her. Later this was offset by a warm fuzzy feeling when everyone rallied round to save the future of the cafe from a disastrous turn of events.

This really is a wonderful book and if you are in the mood for a bit of romance, with the beautiful backdrop of a beach in Cornwall, and the dream that many of us secretly harbour of running a small cafe then you are in for a treat with this book.

Be aware though that once you start to read this book you won't want to put it down!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read - ended to soon! 11 July 2011
By Missy
I gobbled this book in 3 days on my holiday which was funnily enough was in cornwall where this book is based. I disagree with people who say it took to long to get to the point...i found the plot well spaced out and really identified with the main character though as times i thought she was to nice.

All in all a great summer read on the beach...will be reading more by this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!!! 8 July 2011
By Pixie
It is Friday night and all I wanted to do was read the rest of this book. I love Lucy Diamonds writing style and just couldn't resist buying this book and I am so pleased that I did. I don't usually read a lot of 'chic-lit' and didn't have hugely high expectations but I have definately been impressed. It's funny, heart warming, uplifting and entertaining. I will be buying more of her books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me want to visit!!! 23 Feb 2012
By Joanne
Format:Kindle Edition
The main reason i liked this book was because it really made me want to holiday in Cornwall. Lucy Diamond paints an ideal picture in your mind of the cornish coast and the way of life down there!!! I loved the characters and the story line was beliveable and had more depth than lots of 'girly' books. It is a good book to relax with- perfect for holidays. All of the food, cakes and coffee mentioned in this book make you want to read it with a coffee and a cornish scone!!!! Lovely, lighthearted, easy to read. xxx
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars DD from Beds
I have just read my first Lucy Diamond book the Beach café. I really enjoyed it and such a lovely story, I felt like I was in the café in Cornwall. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Diane Dellar
4.0 out of 5 stars great
This book is wonderful. I found it very good:):P loved it,best short summery tale by the amzing author Lucy Diamond

Published 7 days ago by cute willow pup Kirtland
4.0 out of 5 stars A feel good read!
Another great Lucy Diamond novel. Four stars for the feel good factor, you leave the book with a warm fuzzy feeling!
Published 13 days ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great read- can't wait to own my own bech cafe one day :) plenty of laughs and romance to keep u going
Published 26 days ago by Samantha Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A light hearted chic lit
In The Beach Cafe we meet Evie Flynn who has always felt like the black sheep of her family, with her sisters adhering to what there parents wanted from their daughters, Evie feels... Read more
Published 28 days ago by S. J. Garrity
5.0 out of 5 stars tears of joy
It made me cry happy tears quite a bit! Loads of lovely heartfelt parts to this story. Also a great view of Cornwall; really captured how gorgeous it is there... Read more
Published 1 month ago by tillimint
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read
Loved this book. I didn't have to think.............and they all lived happily ever after

I really object to being told how many words to write
Published 1 month ago by Sue Quine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story x
I was totally taken into this book ,the story,the caricatures, the scenery, the romance, friendship and the real sense of community , didn't want it to end xxxx
Published 1 month ago by mrs pauline l neal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beach Cafe....
..... is a loveable book. About families, friendship and "not giving up". I will definitely read it again some day and if you have enjoyed "The Beach Cafe" the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gudy Terenzio
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a lovelly compelling read
All the characters were well introduced and you felt you knew them and wanted good things to happen to them (mostly). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melville Edwards
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