Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop

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When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien’s ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but though it’s big on retro charm it’s critically low on customers. If the sisters don’t turn things around quickly, their grandmother’s legacy will disappear forever.

With summer fast approaching, Imogen and Anna devise a plan. Rather than sell up, they will train up, and make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map.

While Imogen watches the shop and conjures new marketing ideas, her sister flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream-making course. But can their best-laid plans survive their warring family, tempestuous love lives – and the great British Weather? One thing is for certain – this summer will be like no other . . .

My opinion: I couldn’t wait to read another Abby Clements book, and luckily enough, I had another just sitting there!

In this book we meet Imogen who is living her dream life abroad when she gets a call to say that her grandmother Vivien has died. She returns to the UK for the funeral with the intention of returning to Thailand as soon as possible after. At the reading of the will Imogen finds that Vivien has left her beloved ice cream shop to her and her sister Anna.

Imogen finds herself staying in Brighton for longer than planned to get the shop up and running and help her Dad recover from the shock of his mother’s death. The adventure includes a trip to Italy for Anna, a trip to Glastonbury for Imogen and a lot of bumps in the road.

I enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as Amelia Grey’s Fireside Dream. This was purely because I found both Imogen and Anna a little annoying at times in the things that they did and decisions they made. It was still a very enjoyable book and I really loved reading about Anna’s trip to Italy. The ice cream flavours sounded amazing too!

Overall I did enjoy this book and it was a great seaside story. I’d definitely recommend it and can’t wait for Abby’s next book!

My rating: A Fab Four stars!

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