The Little Bookshop by the Sea
By Eliza J Scott
What it’s about?
Welcome to the Happy Hartes Bookshop in Micklewick Bay on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast!
The Happy Hartes Bookshop has been a part of bookworm Florrie Appleton’s life as far back as she can remember. From the evocative smell of the books, to working alongside her beloved Mr H and his black Labrador, Gerty, there’s no wonder she calls it her happy place. Living in a town she loves, with her family and group of close-knit friends nearby, life is sweet.
Until one dreadful Monday morning, when everything is turned upside down and things are changed forever. Devastated, Florrie finds herself thrown into an unexpected situation with handsome stranger, Ed Harte, owner of a pair of twinkly navy-blue eyes and a smile that has the knack of making mischief with her insides.
Despite being fresh out of a relationship, Florrie quickly finds herself falling for him, but she’s torn, reluctant to give her heart to someone who seems intent on not sticking around. While her heart’s doing battle with her head, Florrie soon finds herself privy to a secret with Ed involving a heart-wrenching twist they could never have imagined.
Will love find a way to bring them together, or are they destined to go their separate ways?
What I think:
Who could resist this book! The blurb sounds like a perfect some read including a small seaside town, a bookshop and a romance, and the cover is gorgeous. And it lives up to expectations.
Micklewick Bay is a picture perfect town with dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches. The Happy Hartes Bookshop has been at the centre of the community for generations and is also at the centre of Florrie’s life. She loves the shop and it has become a place where she feels safe. Working in the shop for years, Florrie is like a grand-daughter to the elderly owner Mr H.
Mr Harte is estranged from his own son and daughter-in-law who would rather travel the world then settle down in Yorkshire, but he has recently connected with his grandson Ed.
Ed is dyslexic and does not share Florrie’s passion for books. However, he is searching for a place where he belongs and Micklewick Bay may just work his magic.
There is an instant spark between Ed and Florrie, but both have just come of relationships. Ed’s ex-girlfriend was volatile and aggressive; Florrie was bored and had no spark with Graham. But with newly shared business interests to contend with Ed and Florrie have got a lot going on.
This is a lovely read. Florrie has a fantastic group of friends that support each other through heartbreak and fun. Both Florrie and Ed have to work out what it is they are looking for and there are a few obstacles along the way.
The writer has created a whole world in Micklewick Bay that is cosy and familiar. This is feel-good fiction that will leave you feeling satisfied. I’m looking forward to seeing where in Micklewick Bay we visit next.
About the author:
Eliza lives in the North Yorkshire countryside with her family. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.
Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming romance stories with relatable female characters. Her books will always have a happy ending.
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UK: Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09YMMBQCY
US: Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09YMMBQCY