Things are not going well for Emily. Despite closing a major deal and being much more qualified than her rival, she is passed over for promotion at work. Then her mother reveals that her dad isn’t her biological dad! She decides to head for the small Yorkshire coastal village where her biological father lives to try to find out more about him. It turns out that her company is looking to acquire a bed & breakfast there, so it becomes a bit of a working holiday as she checks in to Sunflower Cottage. Before she gets there though she literally bumps into gorgeous but very grumpy Noah – well, we all know how that’s going to end don’t we?
This is the second in a series of books set in Luna Bay. I haven’t read the first and although I believe some of the characters make a bit of a cameo appearance in this book, I certainly didn’t feel that I needed to have read The Broken Hearts Book Club to enjoy this book. Lynsey James’ writing style is easy to read and engaging and although I’m quite a bit older than the main characters Emily and Noah now (by 20 years!!) I still found myself very interested in their lives and hoping that things could work out for them. While the ending wasn’t entirely unexpected there are still a few surprises along the way. Some of the scenes with Emily and Noah trying to make breakfast in the B&B kitchen were quite funny. The breakfast club they start up is a great idea to include the local community in the business. I was intrigued by the character of Alice who came to the breakfast club and wonder if we might find out about her story in a future Luna Bay book. Family dynamics with all their ups and downs are explored both within Emily and Noah’s families. I liked the message of taking chances even if that’s not normally something you would do.
A relatively short book at just over 200 pages, The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club is a lovely read, which would be perfect for some light holiday reading.
My thanks to the publishers, Carina, for providing a review copy of this book via Netgalley. It is available now as an e-book and you can order a copy here: The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club
From the back of the book
The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park
Emily Reed is having a bad day. Her mother has just dropped a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father!
Desperately in need of answers, Emily heads to Luna Bay covering her personal quest up as a work trip to Sunflower Cottage B&B.
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 brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, who is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.
Discovering the truth after all these years was never going to be simple, but Emily will stop at nothing to uncover her past… even if her heart is getting in the way!
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 her 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…