Hi guys! I am starting into the new week with another blog tour, ta – dah! This one is celebrating the publication of Jennifer Bohnet’s “The Little Kiosk by the Sea” – a sweet, little book with a feel – good factor and many different characters.
The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennifer Bohnet
Publishing Date: 15th June 2017
Source: Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!
Number of pages: 288
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Time’s running out to save the little kiosk by the sea…
Sabine knows that if she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little kiosk soon, it might be too late. If only her best friend Owen would stop distracting her with marriage proposals!
Harriet is returning to Dartmouth for the first time in thirty years, haunted by the scandal that drove her away and shocked by an inheritance that could change everything.
Rachel never expected to find love again after her world was shattered a year ago. But it seems as if the sleepy seaside town has different ideas…
One thing’s for sure, it’s a summer they will never forget!
This gorgeous cover was one of the things that made me attracted to “The Little Kiosk by the Sea”- it is so colourful and just beautiful, I love this blue, and it just screams summertime, don’t you think? After reading the synopsis I was hoping it’s going to be a story that will whisk me away to a warm, sunny place – did it?
Well, yes and no.
The characters were introduced to us as if they were not introduced, if you follow me. Their presence was just thrown at us, and having in mind there were six main characters it was, well, challenging. It felt as if the introduction of new characters will never stop but it did stop, of course, and what was great is the fact that I’ve never felt confused with who is who and why. At first there didn’t seem any connection between them, it felt so weird to have them all, popping out just out of the blue. There was not much depth to them, they were very straight – forward. It doesn’t mean they weren’t likeable, because they were, but I just couldn’t warm to them because I didn’t know what’s their role in this story should be. Each chapter was told from the different character’s point of view and yes, sometimes I had a feeling I am reading many different stories but eventually those stories started to interlink – however, the bringing of extra characters only to solve one of the subplots is not my favourite way. I just wanted more depth to the characters and the whole story and it would be brilliant!
There was nothing that would discompose the characters – no matter how shocking or surprising the news were, they just stayed cool as a cucumber – it was as if they didn’t have any feelings or emotions. I mean, so easily accept you have a nine – old – months baby that you have to take care of right at this moment? Discover that your aunt was a best – selling author, leaving your daughter almost one million pounds without batting an eye? It just felt weird, so very automatic and robotic, as if they really weren’t real people. The huge life changes were accepted just like this and it was all running so smoothly, nobody questioned anything and it just felt a little too unrealistic – but maybe sometimes it’s not bad when there is not so much drama, right? And it was actually nice to see how the characters rubbed along together, how they simply worked, and mostly they all wore their heart on the sleeves.
Time was passing between the chapters very quickly and without knowing it two or so months have been gone by. It just felt weird. There were so many subplots in this story that I had a feeling none of it is really deeply developed.
But altogether, it was a lovely, nice read that perhaps is not going to stay with me for a long time but it was good enough for me to spend some relaxing hours. The setting was beautiful, and the author truly vividly brought it to life. “The Little Kiosk by the Sea” was a lovely story about huge life changes, new opportunities and family relationships. And even with all those reservations I did enjoy this story. There was a lot of feelings in it, passion and hidden secrets, and this all written in a very easy, forthcoming writing style.
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