The Beach Cafe – Lucy Diamond

The Beach CafeTitle: The Beach Cafe
Author: Lucy Diamond
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 490
My rating★★★★

After reading the first two books in the Shifters series, I was in the mood for something else. Not because I didn’t like the series, but I just figured it had been a while since I have been reading a chick lit novel. I found ‘The Beach Café’ on my Kindle and decided to read that one first.

What the book is about

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…

What I think about the book

At the start of the story I was quite annoyed by Evie and her attitude. You inherit a wonderful beach cafe, so go for it? The place sounds like a dream come true to me. Who cares about the opinions of others, especially that boyfriend who doesn’t seem to get you. I would never be able to have a relationship like that. I would have ran away screaming way before that point. So here’s what I was thinking: Girl, if you don’t like your life, just quit and go somewhere else! I just had the feeling that she was going to change and I wanted to see how that would happen, so of course I didn’t put my Kindle down. Instead I kept reading.

That was a good decision. Once she had made up her mind, Evie turned out to be a wonderful and compassionate woman. She is really trying to make a success of the Beach Cafe and while doing that, she is touching the lives of so many other people around her. Her beloved aunt Jo would have been proud of her for how she is handling things.

After an initially bumpy start The Beach Cafe turned out to be a lovely and light summer read. A great book to take with you on a beach holiday or for your own sunny balcony or garden.

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