I have no idea why I decided to buy this book, but buy it I did.
Evie Flynn is a bit of a drifter. She has artistic tendencies and wanted to be an actress but has settled for temporary office work. She lives with her boyfriend in Oxford and has two older, prettier, more successful sisters who love to condescend to "poor Evie".
When Evie's aunt dies in a car accident she leaves her beach cafe in Cornwall to Evie, her favourite niece. Evie soon discovers that she can't leave the cafe to muddle along by itself, the existing employees aren't capable or reliable. Soon she has to make a hard decision, sell the cafe or move to Cornwall. But can she escape from her daydreams of a bucolic existence wafting around the cafe being glamorous and successful, long enough to actually learn how to use the coffee machine and make a bacon sandwich?
This is a lovely feel good story, a triumph of hope over adversity as Evie learns what it takes to run a business and becomes embedded in the local community.
After reading the novella 'A Baby At The Beach Cafe' I wanted to find out all about Evie and how she came to be where she is now! I absolutely loved this book and everything about it. It is set in a beautiful little village in Cornwall and Evie's Cafe is right on the beach front. The characters are all amazing and I loved the way in which the story unfolded. I found myself wanting to read this constantly and as soon as I stopped reading I was thinking about what had happened and couldn't wait to get back to reading it! There is one quote that is hilarious and had me in stitches for ages - 'Hot fat on the genitals is no laughing matter' he said sternly!!! There are two Christmas novellas that follow on from this book and guess what.......I am reading them now!!!
Evie is a drifted and can't live down any job for long and is in a relationship with a rather boring boyfriend Matthew. However her world is turned upside down when her aunt Jo leaves her something in her will. Is this her chance to turn things round and why hadn't she kept in touch with her lovely aunt before she died in a tragic accident?
This is Evie's story based on a beach in Cornwall and a café that becomes the centre of the town and community Carrawen
First time I have read Lucy Diamond, looking forward to reading the sequels.
I decided to give this book a chance as I had a few days off, fancied something fresh to read and saw it was set I my homeland so took a chance.
I'm glad I did as loved it from beginning to end.
It is the story of a woman who has a fairly bland "respectable" life in Oxford that isn't her in the slightest. Overnight she inherits a beach café in a fictional seaside town in Cornwall when her auntie is suddenly and tragically killed.
This is her tale as she begins to make a new life for herself and her challenges and adventures along the way.
The book is a real page turner, easy to read, great characters (yes many stereotypes of the range of characters we have here in the summer but they fit perfectly) and a nice bit of mystery thrown in to keep you wondering until the end.
As I read I kept thinking it reminded me of Sennen where my wife grew up and I wasn't surprised to find this is one of the authors favourite beaches where she spent many a holiday in her youth (lucky her, gorgeous place).. she's captured it rather well. I have to get my wife to read this now, she will love it.
Overall a book I'd happily recommend. At this price it is a steal. I'll be looking for more of Lucy's books, loved her writing.
Evie Flynn has always felt like the black sheep of her family, with two successful married sisters who both have children, Evie feels like she is a disappointment to her parents. Never being able to keep a steady job and moving from one temp job to another, stale relationship that is only held together by Saul, her boyfriend Matthew's son and no path in life, who can blame her.
When Evie's favourite Aunty Jo is tragically and suddenly killed in a car crash, Evie and her family are surprised to learn that Jo has left her beloved Beach Café down in Cornwall to her. All of her family believe she should sell it immediately, but Evie isn't sure she can part with it, not after it mean't so much to her Aunt, and the idea of getting rid of something that she has so many fond memories of, spending time as a child holidaying there. With all that in mind, Evie decides that she is at least going to try running the cafe before making a decision about its future.
Moving down to Cornwall, she has a lot to learn about running a business, including dealing with the staff and the locals who have a great animosity towards her. Can she learn to settle down in one place long enough to turn the cafe in to a thriving business once again?
From the outset, I found the story a little slow to get going. The first few chapters I had to persevere through if I was going to read the whole book, and I'm glad that I did. It emerged that without the slow opening, the plot wouldn't of been able to be pulled together to create this fantastic book. It is a perfect example of what Chick-Lit is, feel good factor that is easy to read. The plot is a little predictable but this didn't stop me from wanting to carry on. I suppose I wanted to see if my predictions were right and the beautiful way the story is written kept me on course.
The book contains many characters from various generations, each with their own personality which brought depth and a natural flow to the story. The beach side scenes of this glorious county bring a warmth to the book. The background is vividly described which helps you to visualise all that the beaches in Cornwall have to offer, just as if you are sat there yourself.
Evie can come across as annoying and spineless at times and at periods throughout the book I just wanted to scream at her, but she makes up for it with her adorable, funny, witty demeanour to make you see past her flaws, but hey, what girl doesn't have her flaws!
If you're after an easy read book to take on your holiday with you for some light reading whilst lying on the beach, or just wanting to brighten up your day, this is the book for you.