Ten years ago, Carrie Dashwood left her hometown (and never looked back!) after her best friend, Megan, and her first love, Tom, hooked up. When her aunt calls her, needing her help to run her flower stall (Ruby’s Blooms), in the beautiful seaside town of Shipley, Carrie finds herself with quite the surprise as she is recruited to arrange flowers for a wedding, which happen to be the nuptials of Megan and Tom! Can Carrie keep her cool and find her own happily ever after?
Heartfelt and hilarious, The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke was the exact read I needed to get into a “spring” mood and break out of my, seemingly never-ending, reading slump. This book had me laughing out loud and rooting for the underdog.
Although this is the second novel in the Beachside Bay series, this one will have no issue being read as standalone; however, it is my understanding that some of the characters in this novel were characters in the first so I will be absolutely going back to get lost in the world of Shipley once again!
The novel opens with Carrie, a little uncoordinated and a lot self-conscious, trying to navigate her way through her aunt’s floundering flower business. Without any previous knowledge of flowers, she is doing her best to keep things afloat when fate knocks on her door. Tom, her first love, finds himself in Shipley, planning his wedding to Carrie’s ex-best friend, Megan. Thus begins Carrie’s battle to fight through the past, save her aunt’s flower stall and find true happiness.
Karen Clarke’s writing is an absolute joy to get lost in; her style is easy and light. This book is truly the perfect book to get lost in for an afternoon. I can’t wait to check out more of Clarke’s writing and for more in this series!
An easy 5/5 stars for me.