The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove | Ho Ho Ho Readathon Final Day

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Today is the final day of the Ho Ho Ho Readathon, I have really enjoyed taking part the last week or so and I can’t promise that I won’t continue to read festive books after the readathon has ended.

I managed to finish two and a half books for the readathon, I was hoping to read more but since getting a new job, it made reading more difficult. The first book that I completed was John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas which I had mixed feelings about.

After that I read…

The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove

By Karen Clarke

Karen Clarke

About The Book

Publisher: Bookoture
Genre: Christmas
Number of Pages: 300
Where I acquired the book: I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this book. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion.
Publishing Date: 05/10/2018
Find it on Goodreads HERE 
Buy it on Amazon Smile HERE
(All books are also available through the original Amazon website as well as other booksellers. Amazon Smile is just my personal preference because a percentage of every item brought goes to a charity of your choice. I have chosen EDS UK the charity that supports suffers of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome). 

The Cover:

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Goodreads Description:

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the café at Seashell Cove, where there’s hot chocolate to keep you warm – and the man of your dreams could be waiting…

Interior designer Tilly Campbell loves being carefree and single. But her latest job is redecorating the cosy local café for a Christmas party, and when her friends confess their plans for the big night – including a proposal, a declaration of love and a pregnancy announcement – Tilly starts to wonder if she might be missing out… 

Transforming the café into a winter wonderland is more of a challenge than she thought, so when she bumps into gorgeous newcomer Seth, Tilly welcomes the distraction. Seth is a single father, struggling to settle his son Jack into their new cottage, and Tilly is determined to help them make their house into a home in time for Christmas. 

But with the café still in chaos just days before the party it looks like it’s going to be a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons… With friends old and new relying on her, can Tilly save the Christmas party? 

And could she finally find love waiting for her under the mistletoe? 

My Thoughts

For the first time ever, I read a book that’s part of a series, out of sequence. And I didn’t really mind half as much as I thought I did. This book is the third book in the Seashell Cove series, and usually, I HATE to read a book when I haven’t read the ones before it. But as each of the books in the seashell cove series have different protagonists, it made reading out of sequence a lot easier. There were times when I wish I had read book one and two, namely when the other protagonists stepped into the story. Especially because this meant I knew how their lives turned out, leaving less mystery if I go back and read the other two books (which I am hoping to do at some point). It was easy to read as a standalone though, and Karen made it quick to pick up on the plots from the past books.

It was a really sweet story that was both warming and festive. Tilly, the protagonist was really likeable. I would love to have her as a friend. And Seth, the love interest, was extremely dreamy, I’d developed a bit of crush on him by the end of the book. 

The story-line was fast paced, a real page-turner, and I found that I couldn’t put it down. It was full of drama, and although the romance was a little predictable, it was so sweet that you forgave the fact that you knew they were going to end up together from the start. Every character in the book was dynamic and interesting and I especially loved Jack’s presence in the story (Seth’s son), and his story-line. 

I really enjoyed this book, and I would love to read Cassie and Meg’s stories sometime in the future. I have found recently that I share my mum’s love for these kinds of stories a lot more than I thought I did. They are like the paper versions of the Hallmark movies I am so fond of. Innocent, heartwarming and harmlessly entertaining. Sometimes I just want to read something cosy, that makes me laugh and feel happy to combat some of the more serious novels I like to read.

I Would Rate ‘The Christmas Cafe At Seashell Cove’:

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I also read 21% of the book:

Christmas Sisters
By Sarah Morgan

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Review Coming Soon! (Find it on Goodreads Here).

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Check out PowisAmy’s Ho Ho Ho Readathon Post Here

Check Out Alex Chappell’s Ho Ho Ho Readathon Post Here.

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