About the author (as seen in the book)
Ali Mc Namara attributes her over- active imagination to one thing- being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young, has left her with a head constantly bursting with stories waiting to be told. When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating’s website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity. Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too. Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her family and two Labradors. When she isn’t writing, she likes to travel, read and people- watch, more often than not accompanied by a good cup of coffee. Her dogs and love of exercise keep her sane!
Publication date: 30th July 2015
ISBN: Paperback 978-0-7515-5861-6
also available in eBook and Audio book
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Borrowed
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix.
But Poppy Carmichael’s spirits aren’t lifted by the pretty West country spring. Inheriting her grandmother’s flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds to many memories.
Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more- shabby-than-chic shop. And with the added complication of Jake, the gruff but gorgeous local flower grower, Poppy is tempted to run away…
The pretty little town has a few surprises in store for Poppy. With new friends to help her and romance blooming, it’s time for Poppy to open her heart to St Felix and to the special magic of a little flower shop by the sea!
Oh my gosh this front cover really makes me feel like I want to jump right into the scene. It watercolour effect is charming and has something quite endearing about it. From the side town with sandy beach, boats which are anchored on the shore line, green sweeping hills, seagulls swooping around the harbour to the sun set sky.
I love the sweeping and swirling out the book title adding a little bit more charm and romantic-ness to the whole vibe of this front cover. A few summery looking flowers are creeping around the sides
All in all I really, really like this cover and had it not been recommended by a friend, this would definitely be part of the reason I would have picked this book out for myself. (and the blurb of course!!!!!)
I haven’t ever had the pleasure to read Ali’s book’s before but as I said a minute ago, it was recommended to me and I know me and my friend have similar tastes in book’s. So as you can imagine I was eager to start to read, I had a blooming feeling it’s gonna be a good one!!!!!!!!!!!
Poppy, has never settled in her work or in her love life. Drifting from job to job not really knowing what she wants to do in life. She inherits her grandmothers flower shop in the small seaside town of St Felix. Poppy is shocked her grandmother would leave her the shop; with her grandmother knowing how Poppy feel’s about the place. Needles to say this doesn’t go down to well with her auntie as she doesn’t believe in Poppy at all. The Carmichaels have a string of flower shops all over, with this shop being where it all began. The only trouble is flowers doesn’t really run through Poppy’s blood as the rest of her family. With her parent’s living over in the states, Poppy is all on her own. As memories seeping back as she arrived, memoir’s of her and her brother spending hot summers her when they were children.
The lady’s of the Women’s Guild have been temporarily volunteering to keep the shop open until Poppy arrives. She seems to get the impression everyone seems to know her and not only that Poppy get’s off on the wrong foot with the handsome local flower grower. It seam’s her mother has been on the phone informing them of Poppy’s arrival. How ever everyone seems mighty concerned as to what she will be doing with the shop.
She makes up her mind to give it a go, even though she’s not really that sure and re-open the flower shop if not for her than for her grandmother, to the delight of the rest of St Felix. There’s so much work to do to get the shop back to being loved again, so her mother sends over her assistant Amber to say and help. I felt that these two characters need each other in more ways than they think, which adds so much mystery to the story. It would seem that Jake has rallied the rest of the troop’s in order to help Poppy and Amber bring the shop back to life. which I really love when the community comes together in a story proving solidarity to the person in need at the time. When pulling up floorboards for repair they find some really old ledgers.
These ledgers hold information on the myth that Poppy’s ancestors were doing special thing for their customers; during hard times through flowers. Poppy isn’t that sure she believes in it all, but Amber seam’s to think there’s something in it. What is this sadness that Poppy, Amber and Jake carry around with them? Will the shop be a success or will Caroline; who has some problem with the Carmichaels? What is with the ledgers?
I really couldn’t put this amazing book down for long let me tell you. I was a pure delight to read and discover all the different and entering characters, even the moody one’s in a funny kinda way! They have relatable problems that I’m sure any reader can relate too. Poppy is undoubtedly my favourite character from this story, because she grew throughout the progression of the story.
I felt the author Ali has incorporated beautiful and enchanting description through out story, making me totally feel like I’ve been there myself all from the comfort of my home!!!!! I adored Ali’s writing style and can see more of her books being added to my TBP!!!! I adored the flower myth element, making the story feel mysterious and intriguing, adding a lovely touch to the story.
The Little Flower Shop by the Sea is full of up’s and down’s, myth’s, grief, community, romance, new friendships and lots of gorgeous flowers!!!!! It’s a great read which will fill you with joy while you read!
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
The Little Flower Shop by the Sea
5 sparkly stars