The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke
Publishing Date: 15th March 2018
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 309
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Welcome to the Café at Seashell Cove, where you’ll find irresistible home-baked cakes, smiling friendly faces – and maybe even a second chance at love…
When Cassie Maitland needs a holiday from her glamorous but stressful job in event management, she escapes home to gorgeous Seashell Cove, where her family’s cosy café sits perched on the cliffs above sparkling waves and golden sand.
But a lot has changed while Cassie’s been away: her parents have transformed their tired café into a welcoming haven, her friends Meg and Tilly have whole new lives, and old flame Danny’s twinkling eyes and winning smile make Cassie feel even more flustered than they used to.
Keen to throw herself back into local life, Cassie starts to run themed events – including a not entirely successful cat-café day, complete with dozens of felines. Luckily Danny is always around to lend a helping hand, and Cassie soon begins to wonder if her life in London was really all she made it out to be…
Could a new start in Seashell Cove be exactly what Cassie needs?
In “The Cafe at Seashell Cove”, after losing her job as an event planer after one too many mistakes, Cassie comes back home to her parents in Seashell Cove. Of course, she’s afraid they’re going to be disappointed in her losing her job, especially as they are so, so proud of her, boasting about her and her high – flying job in London, so she simply says she’s on holidays. However, while at home, she wants to try to start her own event – planning business and her parents’ cafe is the perfect trial for her, even though they’re very happy with the way it works. So is Cassie going to cause more trouble than it’s worth or is she going to find her two feet and start a new career?
The character of Cassie was very annoying. She didn’t behave like a woman in her late twenties, she was just too childish. She was the only one who knew what’s wrong and what’s right, she didn’t hear to other people and everything was always about her. If people didn’t agree with her, they were described by the author as “bitchy” and were made look bad. I more than once wanted to tell Cassie to just stop trying to make people happy no matter what, to stop and start listening what others try to tell her. She also gave impression of being really very incompetent in what she was doing and I couldn’t believe nobody commented how crap she was at it – she really just ran into everything without thinking, feet first, and it just somehow didn’t fit the picture of the perfect, professional Cassie she wanted everybody to believe in. I just couldn’t warm to her and connect with her, with the fact that she ignored other people’s need, focusing only on her herself. Also, I do know that families should keep together, support each other and be proud of each other but I just wanted to cry out loud and bang my head on the nearest wall at another mention of Cassie’s parents Being. So. Proud. Of. Her. Yes, I do get where the author was coming from and what she was aiming at here but maybe it could have been better or differently developed.
The “romance” with Adam was so very unrealistic and unbelievable. They were like two strange people and the sudden appearance of Adam was probably one of the most unpredictable things that could ever happen. I know, unpredictable is good but I think not in this case. They didn’t know each other, I really don’t know why they were together and why they’ve broken up, there was no chemistry in this relationship.
“The Cafe at the Seashell Cove” has one of the most gorgeous covers ever and probably it’s the best part of this book. But altogether, it was a light – hearted read that had its moments and I would recommend giving it a try – you may enjoy it much better than I did, maybe I’m just growing out of such stories? It was entertaining, cute and sweet read but – sadly – not for me.