The Little Ice Cream Shop by the Sea by Lizzie Chantree #BookReview #LemonMeringue #5*

From the international bestselling author of If you love me, I’m yours, Ninja School Mum and Babe Driven.

Genie’s family is in crisis. 

Their seafront business is failing with the loss of Genie’s grandmother and her legendary ice cream flavours. Genie is determined to be the one to save her family’s heritage, but suddenly her mother wants to sell to developers and leave their shared history behind.

Buying the business and taking on a sixty-eight year old business partner, Ada, with a mysterious past and a gorgeous but distracting grandson, Genie sets out to prove her parents wrong.

Ada’s grandson, Cal, wants to protect his gran from ‘pensioner persuader’, Genie, but soon realises that living in a little seaside town and away from the paparazzi in Hollywood can actually give him time to heal. Hiding in a seafront business with its fiery owner and working as kitchen staff, is the only way he can think of to keep his ex-Hollywood glamour-puss, gran from harm. 

Hiring a private detective and learning about Genie’s parent’s past makes Cal regret his own impulsiveness. The information he has unearthed could destroy their blossoming relationship and turn Genie’s world upside down.

Genie soon discovers that friends can become enemies and your closest family can have lied to you for your whole life.

Thoroughly Entertaining!

Sea, sand, sunshine and a superb story with such a lot going on!

Genie’s family own a restaurant on the seafront; in her grandparents’ day it was a thriving business, but with the death of her grandmother and her specialist ice cream flavours they are struggling. Genie has no shortage of ideas on how to bring back the good ol’ days, but her parents don’t want to listen. Then they spring it on their daughter that they are selling up and moving across country. Genie finds a new business partner and buys them out. Ada has business experience and is a great asset but then her grandson turns up, ostensibly to check out that she isn’t being taken for a ride, but in doing so he hires a private detective who uncovers things about Genie’s family that even she doesn’t know. Just as Cal and Genie are beginning to have something going on between them, it all threatens to blow everything apart. Do they have a future?

This is a gorgeous book! It has everything packed into it; a strong woman, family, friends, business and a touch of romance along with, oooh, plenty of hot love! Lizzie Chantree has created a fabulous cast of characters, each with their own traits and idiosyncrasies and it makes for a delightful read. This isn’t ‘just’ another romantic comedy – there’s much more to it than that and the secrets are kept until almost the very end, making it very exciting! A thoroughly entertaining novel, beautifully written and, as expected from an author of this calibre, quite flawless. Highly recommended and worth a full house of sparkling stars.

I purchased this one on publication day; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: romantic comedy

Author Details

International bestselling author and award-winning inventor, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now works as a business mentor and runs a popular networking hour on social media, where creatives can support to each other. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, that are about women with unusual and adventurous businesses, who are far stronger than they realise. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. 

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