Friday, May 18, 2018

Pat's Review: Summer at the Castle Cafe

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Summer at the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft
Publisher: Bookouture (May 11, 2018)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The cosy, crumbling Castle Café is a place like no other. With stunning views of the sparkling sea and sandy beaches, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, delicious cake and plenty of laughter as soon as you step through the door...

When Alice Appleton escapes to the gorgeous seaside town of Castle Cove it’s the change of scenery she didn’t even realise she needed. Taking up a job in the charming Castle Café, Alice finds herself surrounded by cream teas, chocolate cake and quirky characters. Could this be the perfect place for Alice to embrace the summer?

Mysterious and hunky Jay O’Donnell has lived in picturesque Castle Cove since he was a child. As a volunteer on the lifeboats, his days by the sea are far from predictable. Haunted by a tragedy from his past, he’s on a mission to save as many people as possible. But when Alice Appleton walks into his life - and turns his world upside down - he begins to realise that perhaps it might just be his turn to be rescued…

As Alice and Jay find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other, will they learn the importance of letting go to make way for second chances? And will Alice find the life she’s always dreamed of in Castle Cove? 

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Pat's Review:

The description of this book in the title is a perfect one! It’s fun, has lots of interesting characters, some heat, and a lot of laughter.

Alice Appleton has moved to Castle Cove and lives in the house her Mom left to her. She is carrying the guilt of never seeming to have time to visit her, and in an instant her mom was gone. She has decided to run the local triathlon in honor of her Mom who participated every year, but Alice was always “too busy” to join her. She has a tight training schedule, and the biking and running are going well. Except for one hitch: she is terrified of water. She works, a lot, in the Castle Cafe, run by her best friend Cath.

She has some OCD tendencies, anything not in its place drives her crazy, but she’s also a little accident prone which is hysterical. Her grand plan is after the triathlon, she is heading to Thailand to visit her dad she hasn’t seen in six years. After that, who knows?

Jay O’Donnell is a local carpenter/handyman and works on the town's lifeboat. His favorite companion is his dog Zeus. He thinks of himself as a protector, and sometimes the rescues he and the crew have to handle get under his skin. He came upon a beautiful young woman standing at the waters edge with just her toes touching the water, looking terrified. It’s storming, and he feels he must warn her about not swimming. She tries to explain she wasn’t planning on swimming, but he wouldn’t except it. She walks away calling him Mr. Grumpy. After a couple more “protection” episodes, she realizes he is just a nice guy, truly worried about her safety. They are drawn to each other, sharing their stories and soon their growing feelings. He trains with her and gives her confidence, and they both want more. But, she’s leaving for Thailand in a few weeks.

This is the first novel I have read by this author, and I hope there are more Castle Cove to come. The characters are quirky and delightful, the description of the town, beaches and hillsides make you feel like you are there. I enjoyed the visit to this beach town in the U.K. very much.


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Source: NetGalley eARC

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Thanks for the review, Pat! This sounds like a lovely read for the summer!


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