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!

Amelia Grey’s Fireside Dream

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Amelia has a dream: toasting chestnuts by the fire with her husband Jack in their own cosy cottage. Their real life is another world – a cramped one-bedroom flat in Hackney. But when life takes a surprising turn, removal vans are soon heading to the Kent countryside.

They soon realise the cottage makeover is a far bigger project than they’d anticipated. On top of that, there’s Amelia’s newly loved-up mum and her tearaway half-sister, Mirabel, to contend with – pushing Amelia and Jack’s marriage to breaking point.

Amelia begins to strip back the wallpaper and fittings in the cottage and discovers the story of the cottage’s previous owner – and a hidden secret. As Amelia’s ideas about love and family change, will her fireside dream finally come true?

My opinion: This is the first Abby Clements book I’ve read and I blooming loved it! I read this book in just a few hours as I couldn’t put it down!

Amelia is a secondary school teacher living in a cramped flat in London with her husband and has dreams of one day moving to the country. Her dream comes a little bit closer when they go house hunting, and things in work take an unexpected turn.

Their dream home becomes a little more of a DIY project than that were expecting in order to fit in with their budget. But the house hasn’t quite shook off its previous owner and things don’t run quite as smoothly as planned….

I loved this book from the moment I started reading it and liked that it touched on a few different topics, including Amelia being unsure whether she wanted children. I loved reading about the journey to renovate their house and it had made me feel like I want to do more in my own home! The characters were likeable and well thought out and the story was extremely well paced.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book in just a few hours and this was a fantastic read. I will definitely read more by Abby Clements!

My rating: A fantastic five stars!!