Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Review | Stirred With Love ~ Marcie Steel


Sometimes the best friends can be found where you least expect them … 

Still grieving after the loss of her beloved husband, Lily Mortimer is determined to do something with the time she has left. 

After the end of her fairytale marriage, thirty-something Kate is trying hard to mend her broken heart. 

Chloe, a young woman with the world at her feet, is struggling to know what to do with her life. 

When Lily embarks on a new venture in the picturesque town of Somerley, the three women come together to open The Coffee Stop, the most charming café for miles around. 

But opening a coffee shop is never as simple as it seems, especially when you add neighbouring competition, local heart throbs and heartbreak to the mix. 

When tragedy strikes, can the three women pull together to make the new business fly, or will Lily’s last chance disappear down the drain along with yesterday’s coffee grinds? 

Stirred With Love is the début rom-com novel from Marcie Steel - some of you may know her as crime writer Mel Sherratt, and I seem to have had this book on my kindle in what feels like forever, so my new year resolution was to bash through some of the older books before accepting and requesting new ones - not easy, let me tell you!

I digress... back to Stirred With Love.. firstly what a gorgeous, bright and uplifting cover the book has - its just what I've needed to get over this nasty cough and cold and those horrid dark grey and wet days, and as you know by now I am a sucker for a pretty cover!

Stirred With Love is a great novel about love, friendship and taking chances.
It features three main characters - Lily, Kate and Chloe.

Lily has been struggling to live alone since her beloved husband passed away a few, she then receives some news that is hinted throughout the book but not revealed until the near end, and decides to embark on an adventure and re-open the cafe her and Bernard ran, only now as a coffee shop.

Kate has hit rock bottom with her marriage, and during a girls weekend her husband does the inevitable and moves his stuff out of their home. Seeing a advert for not only a new job and career but new home and life, she takes up Lily's offer of employment to the shop.

Chloe is the youngest of the three characters at just eighteen but has a lifetime of heartache behind her. She has a pushy father wanting her to go to Uni to get the best education to set her up for life but she's a bit more care free and want's to live a little which she is able to do by taking up Lily's offer.

The girls work together to transform the old cafe into a respectable coffee shop and along the way discover friendships and love and find they are stronger and more confident about themselves.

Stirred With Love reminded me a little of a Jill Mansell novel - Marcie managed to take just a few characters, all with different stories and paths in life and get them together to build a great trio.
I'm certainly looking forward to reading more from this author!

I would like to thank the publishers, Bookouture, for providing an ARC via NetGalley.
This is my honest opinion.

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