Wednesday 2 September 2015

Stirred With Love - Marcie Steele

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 cafĂ© 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?

As comforting as a cappuccino and a better pick-me-up than a grande Americano, Stirred with Love will captivate readers of Milly Johnson, Carole Matthews and Jenny Colgan. 

Marcie Steele is the pseudonym of bestselling crime fiction author MEL SHERRATT. 

What did I think?

I've had my eye on Mel Sherratt's books for a while but haven't yet managed to read one, so it was no surprise that this one caught my eye, written under Mel's pseudonym of Marcie Steele.

The characters were all very likeable, even huffy Chloe, but I would have liked to read a bit more about them, perhaps Marcie Steele will revisit the town of Somerley for another instalment.  I loved the story of how their friendship grew, despite being of varying ages and backgrounds.  It was almost as if fate conspired to bring them all together.

Lily's story, although sad, was quite inspirational.  Lily is a filter coffee - strong, traditional and dependable.  She had a vision for her cafe which exceeded all expectations, enabled her to make lifelong friends and gave her permanent residence in the kitchen, according to Chloe.  It's worth reading for that little gem alone!

I enjoyed seeing the friendships develop among the three younger women.  They complemented each other and I likened them to different types of coffee.  Kate is a cappuccino - pretty and frothy on top but surprisingly strong underneath.  Chloe, the baby of the group, is a little espresso - dark, moody and bitter.  She does mellow throughout the book which was lovely to see.  Lucy is a character I would have liked to hear more about as to me she is a latte - all froth and pretty bland.

This was a nice pleasant bit of light reading; it was good fun but sad and left a lingering message never to give up on your dreams.

I received this e-book from the publisher, Bookouture, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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