Written by Sharley Scott
Katie is desperate to leave her stressful job, so she doesn’t think too hard about moving to Devon to run a B&B, even if it means uprooting her family. She is certain she and Jason have a strong and loving relationship that can weather any storm.
Hooked by the beauty of Torringham with its quaint harbour and stunning coastline, they purchase Flotsam Guesthouse which needs more than a lick of paint to keep it afloat. Soon, Katie finds that renovating and running a guesthouse is taking its toll, especially when dealing with challenging guests and madcap neighbours, Shona and Kim. Katie comes to learn that trouble is afoot whenever Shona begs a favour.
However, when her adored daughter moves back to their old hometown, she wonders if they’ve made a huge mistake, especially when cracks begin to show in her marriage.
Her seaside idyll is crumbling along with her relationship. Should she let Flotsam Guesthouse founder while she salvages her marriage? Katie needs to decide where her priorities lie. The only issue is, she doesn’t know.
Funny and Entertaining!
Funny and entertaining with a serious side – this is a great read!
Katie and Jason have finally taken the plunge and gone into business for themselves; no more nine-to-five grind now the are their own bosses. As the new owners of a dilapidated B&B, badly in need of updating inside and out, they have their work cut out for them. Time for family and personal relationships goes by the wayside as they struggle through their first season not helped by the disgruntled and devious previous owners whilst dealing with guests from all walks of life. Will they manage to adjust to the new rhythm of life before it finishes them – and their relationship – off?
This is a real insight into running a guest house, and I wasn’t too surprised to find that the author actually does so in her non-writing life. What a wonderful array of characters she has created; some of whom you would want as family and some you’d want to take straight down to the harbour and throw in! The writing is fluid and there are plenty of lighter moments along with the heart wrenching events which pop up from time to time. A really good read, and one I’m happy to recommend to those who like a well-structured and engaging novel. Definitely worth 4*.
My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources both for my copy of this novel along with the invitation to be a part of this Blog Tour. This is – of course – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: humour, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 300 pages
- Publisher: amazon media
- Publication Date: 13 December 2018
- Purchase Links: amazon
Meet the Author
While ‘Bedlam & Breakfast at a Devon Seaside Guesthouse’ is fictional, I am a guesthouse owner. Thankfully, we have been blessed with lots of amazing and kind-hearted guests, who are nothing like some of the characters featured in this novel and the subsequent books in the series. I would be a lot greyer if they were.
Likewise, Jason is quite different to my husband, who I sometimes nickname Victor Meldrew. He is lovely though and has a fab sense of humour, although some of his dryness has rubbed off on Jason.
Bedlam & Breakfast is set in South Devon, in the fictional town of Torringham, which is loosely based on Brixham. If you’ve been to Brixham you may recognise some of the local features, including the seals, fishing industry and the fantastic lifeboat crew, but the businesses, people and a number of settings are fictionalised.
The same applies to the B&B owners featured. Many guesthouse owners undertake work when they move into a property and our current B&B was not an exception. While, thankfully, our previous owners were nothing like Jim and Maureen, this also means we don’t get to live next door to the fabulous Shona and Kim. But we do have many lovely B&B friends. B&Bers are a wonderful and hardworking bunch, although the ones we know have a perchant for parties in the low season. That’s why I had to end Bedlam & Breakfast at a party.