Monday, 8 August 2016

The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club – by Lynsey James

Original Copy
My own copy
The blurb:

The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park
Emily Reed is having a bad day. Devastated at losing her hard-earned promotion to the ditz who’s sleeping with the boss, her mother drops a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father.
Now Emily needs answers and a month in Luna Bay should give her the time she needs to find her father, and land the difficult client at the Sunflower Cottage B&B which should put her back in the running for her coveted promotion.
Setting up the Sunflower Cottage breakfast club should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is! The only problem is that brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.
Finding out the truth was never going to be simple, but she never thought her heart would get in the way…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In this book we find ourselves back in Luna Bay, which is fab, because I loved the place in Lynsey’s second book The Broken Hearts Book Club. This one can be read as a standalone, but it’s actually nice to read about the main characters of The Broken Hearts Book Club again, especially, because their story kind of continued in this one and it’s lovely to catch up on them.

Anyway, let get to the point and talk about the actual story. It follows Emily, who doesn’t get the long awaited promotion and then her parents throw a bomb on her, by telling her that her dad isn’t her biological dad. Her world is turned upside down.

Work and the possibility of still getting a promotion get her to Luna Bay, that’s also where her biological dad used to live, so she goes on this adventure.

Misunderstandings about her plans with Sunflower Cottage don’t offer a great start with Noah. He is very rude and tries to show her that as well. The two of them grow closer, however, when they both care for cottage owner Rose and start the breakfast club together. For me the change between the rocky relationship and the being nice and lovely to each other didn’t really work. It didn’t flow, but I have to say, the sparks between them are definitely there and I was actually only waiting for something to happen between them. I guess, I just expected it in a different way. Their feelings become really obvious, but then they had the knowledge of her leaving. They way that topic was treated wasn’t my taste at all. It got repeated many times and I somehow just didn’t understand Emily and her way of thinking. That’s why I struggled with some of her actions and decisions.

I really adored the scenes between her and Noah though and I loved reading about Jake and Lucy again. There were also some other lovely characters and I think they built a great bunch.

There was still the thing with Emily’s biological dad that actually added another element to the story. It adds drama and more emotions.

Of course this book needs some misunderstandings, drama next to some romantic scenes and a wonderful setting. Luna Bay is just great. This story is full of heart and I enjoyed every second of it. It’s funny, light hearted, sweet and cute. I’m really excited for book 3 in the series already.


My possible cast:

Emily: Amanda Schull

Noah: Milo Ventimiglia


About Lynsey James

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…


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