14 Dec 2016

book: meet me at beachcomber bay by jill mansell

In the run up to Christmas, I considered doing a mini-gift guide with last minute stocking fillers and things like that but having done all my Christmas shopping already, I didn't want to tempt myself into ordering something else I didn't need. Instead, I have a book review for you today.

Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay is the first book I've read by Jill Mansell and it did not disappoint. Here is the blurb, courtesy of Amazon.co.uk...

"Love is in the air in St Carys, but you'd never know it - the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets...

The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings - but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed.

For the first time in Ronan's life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option.

Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn't quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface.

The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed..."

From the get-go, Clemency is easy character to warm to and the plot is steady but with well-placed twists that keep the reader interested. In all honesty, St Carys sounded like the perfect place to live with a close-knit and friendly community. The plot twists were all a little too predictable as I managed to guess them before they even happened! But that doesn't mean the book wasn't a good one - it was and it is a great feel-good book if you're after something light-hearted.

With this book, I found it really easy to get lost in my imagination for a fair while - always a mark of a good book in my eyes - but I'm the type who likes to read something a bit light as my brain is usually working in overtime during the day!

Overall, a solid 7.5/10 and one of the better heartwarming books I've read this year. I'm keen to seek out more Jill Mansell reads now but with a reading list longer than the length of my arm, her books may have to wait until the summer of 2017 as I feel like she is the kind of author ideal for a summer read on the beach :)

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