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The Beach Cafe [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Diamond
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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 in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by.

Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love...

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

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The new novel from Lucy Diamond, every girl's best friend, and author of Sweet Temptation

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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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173 of 178 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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15 of 15 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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40 of 42 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beach Cafe 17 Sept. 2011
By Amy
The Beach Cafe is Lucy Diamond's fifth novel, and the second of her books that I have read. The book tells the story os Evie, who is somewhat the black sheep of her family, therefore, she is surprised to learn that her beloved aunt has left her her Cornish beach cafe. Before she knows what has hit her, Evie is moving to Cornwell and taking over the running of the cafe.

I found that it took me a few pages to really get into this story, but once it got going,, I was glued to the pages, eager to know what was going to happen next.

I'd say that this book is ideal for the beach - it's chick-lit at it's best - fast, reads at a good pace, is full of story and is a joy to read. The character's are lovely and warm and are great to get to know. I think Evie's aunt would have been a great addition to the cast could she have featured in the book, although she is kept well and truly alive throughout thanks to Evie's memories of her.

Lucy Diamond paints a perfect, picturesque scene with this book - I could imagine all the places in my head in great detail and felt that the close-knit community of people was described wonderfully.

I would highly recommend this book and am now looking forward to reading more from this author.
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45 of 49 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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