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The Beach Cafe by [Diamond, Lucy]
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'Romantic, dreamy and fun, this is perfect poolside reading.'
--Closer

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The bestselling classic from Lucy Diamond, author of Summer at Shell Cottage

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1585 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1509811109
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZF70F4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2011
Format: Paperback
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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By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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Format: Paperback
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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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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I do love to be beside the sea, even if it's rainy England! `The Beach Cafe' by Lucy Diamond (aka Sue Mongredien) was therefore a natural choice to take on my summer holidays recently. I'd not read any of Lucy's other books but knew if it involved a beach it would be difficult to disappoint me!

The story revolves around Evie Flynn, a 32 year old dreamer and drifter living in Oxford who's always aspired to be something special, an actress maybe, but has never quite made it. Instead she finds herself ricocheting from one temp job to another. Evie has a difficult relationship with her family and is regularly made to feel inferior to her successful and settled older twin sisters. Evie is in a long-term relationship with Matthew but they are opposites and not in a good way - it seems Evie's bond with Matthew's son Saul could be the only thing keeping them together.

When tragedy strikes and Evie's beloved Aunt Jo dies in a car crash Evie suddenly finds herself inheriting Jo's beach cafe in Cornwall. The family expect Evie to sell up immediately, after all, what does Evie know about running a cafe? She doesn't cook for a start. We see how Evie struggles to come to a decision; can she leave Matthew and Saul behind after so many years? Can she get the staff in place but remain in Oxford? It wouldn't be much of a book if she stayed in Oxford so we follow Evie as she embraces the highs and lows of getting the cafe back up and running and making it the place her Aunt would have been proud of.

I enjoyed the build up to the permanent move to Cornwall but it's Cornwall where the book really kicks in and delivers pure escapism. There are so many great characters I think that's what I really loved about it.
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