A Christmas short story from bestselling author Lucy Diamond, revisiting her Beach Café characters.
After a hectic summer running her beach café in Cornwall, Evie Flynn is looking forward to her first Christmas with new boyfriend Ed – she’s determined that it’s going to be the most perfectly romantic one ever. Cosy nights in front of the fire, spicy mulled wine, mince pies . . . what’s not to love? But the peace is shattered when Ed’s ex suddenly gets in touch again, and then some unexpected guests arrive: Ed’s surly brother Jake and Evie’s heartbroken best friend Amber. Add in the stress of trying to finish her very own recipe book, snow blizzards and family dramas and Evie’s Christmas starts to look as if it’ll be a total turkey. Will any of her festive wishes come true . . . or is this Christmas just a recipe for disaster?
An absolute Christmas cracker from Lucy Diamond, bestselling author of The Beach Café and Me And Mr Jones. This novella is the perfect present for anyone who loves women’s fiction, heartwarming stories and the festive season!
My opinion: I have wanted to read The Beach Café now for a while, but haven’t got around to it yet due to the monster size of my TBR pile. You may have noticed that I have been on a bit of a Christmas book reading spree recently, so what better excuse to read this festive novella?!
Evie is gearing up for her first Christmas since inheriting the Beach Café from her aunt earlier in the year. She has lots of plans for decorating the café, producing a recipe book for the locals who have supported her, and having lots of cosy romantic evenings with her boyfriend Ed. But unfortunately a few unannounced guests, unexpected weather and other stresses it looks like Christmas is going to turn out to be a disaster.
I really enjoyed this book and it makes me want to read The Beach Café even more now! I know I’ve done it a bit backwards by reading this novella first, but I feel like I’ve got to know the characters enough to ensure that reading the full novel will be time well invested!
This is a lovely Christmassy short story that was a great quick read in between books. It was a well contained story that works well as a standalone even if you haven’t read the first book (like me!), and has some great characters that I am looking forward to getting to know better.
My rating: A festive four stars!