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The Little Flower Shop by the Sea

Well, it’s been a bit since I’ve written a review here, but I must say life has been busy between a new job, kids, and my husband being away for his work. However, I recently came across a book that I just had to review. I was in a bookstore (nothing new there), and didn’t I find a lovely looking book called The Little Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali McNamara. Its cover is light and made me think of summer – I wanted to read it as soon as I saw it. It turns out that Ali McNamara is the same author who wrote Notting Hill, and Love… Actually, two movies that I greatly enjoyed though I have never read the books (but I may have to now). It seemed like such a charming story that I thought it would make a perfect vacation read. And it was.

What made me really laugh about this was the circumstances around how I came across the book. Here I was, a Canadian, prowling around a book store in Budapest, and didn’t I find a book about a Londoner who inherited a flower shop on the Cornish coast. It almost felt like I was extending of my vacation; instead of being on a long plane ride with two young – and thankfully sleeping – children, I was transported to a quaint little town on the coast in Cornwall. Or, at least I was while I had my nose in my book (the kids eventually woke up…).

The story was light, and maybe a little frothy. There were new adventures and opportunities for someone trapped in a life they were not happy with; there was a love interest without being horribly sappy; and there was even just a bit of intrigue. There were parts that were a bit farfetched, and others that I wish had have been expanded on, but I found that it did not affect my overall enjoyment. In other words, it really was perfect vacation reading. So, in these waning days of summer, I would suggest grabbing a copy of this book. Imagine yourself on the distant Cornish coast, and maybe have a mini-vacation.

This is a great read for anyone who likes Nora Roberts style books, or is just in the mood for something light and relaxing.

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Deborah van der Linde

Deborah is a librarian who is passionate about books, storytelling, and writing. Thanks to her husband Adam’s military career, they have had the great fortune of living all across Canada. Deborah and Adam have two delightful children and a dog that thinks he’s one of the kids.

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