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The Little Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali McNamara

Title: The Little Flower Shop by the Sea 

Author: Ali McNamara

Publisher: Little Brown UK - Sphere 

Purchase: Paperback or Kindle 

A Page of Fictional Love OFFICIAL Rating: 


But Poppy Carmichael's spirits aren't lifted by the pretty West Country spring. Inheriting her grandmother's flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds too many memories.
Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more-shabby-than-chic shop. And with the added complication of Jake, the gruff but gorgeous local flower grower, Poppy is very tempted to run away...
The pretty little town has a few surprises in store for Poppy. With new friends to help her and romance blooming, it's time for Poppy to open her heart to St Felix and to the special magic of a little flower shop by the sea!
Let Ali McNamara, author of the much-loved From Notting Hill with Love...Actually, bring some sparkling sunshine into your life


When I finished reading this book I had the worst Book hangover ever... and that my lovely readers is a wonderful thing to have. It really is. I felt lost and had no idea what book to read next (even though as a reviewer I have piles of physical books and eBooks to choose from), because I was afraid that nothing would beat this little floral delight of a book. 

This book is so good, you can SMELL it's success... and the fact that it's about the cutest flower shop ever just adds to it's charm. From the word go on this book I have been eagerly awaiting to get my fingers on a copy.. paperback or eBook version, so when I did I simply curled up in the arm chair and devoured - every - single -word! 

It's no secret that I have been raving about this book on social media, and I will continue to do for a very long time. It is one of my top 5 of 2015 (it won't be moved from that position) and it's one of my top 10 .... EVER.
I find that this is simply the best blend of both Jenny Colgan's Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, and Milly Johnson's The Teashop on the Corner. 

And yet it still is completely unique! Ali is extremely talented, which is why we get to see her filling up our shelves with her delightful words. 

Now, a little about the book itself because I want to tease you a little. We meet Poppy Carmichael when we discover that her beloved Grandmother Rose, has passed away and left Poppy her Flower Shop; The Daisy Chain. The thing with this news is that Poppy can't stand flowers... it brings out her worst fears and panic consumes her. Still, Poppy who went off the rails and ended up in therapy for 15 years agrees to go to the little seaside town and take a look at her inheritance. 

While there is so much that can be said about Poppy's story, we meet her new friends, Jake, Amber, and old friend Stan, and we discover how their stories all entwine with other more than a vine of Ivy around a Bride's Bouquet. 

There is a rumor that the flower shop; Daisy Chain, is a magical shop, and this rumour goes back to well before Poppy's grandmother Rose was running it. The discovery of flower books helps put not only Daisy Chain on the map, but also St Felix, and the way in which it does this is purely ... magical. 
It also features the cutest little dog ever, and I have to say that I needed Kleenex at one point... lots of Kleenex...I still keep a tissue handy for when the moment comes back to me. I especially enjoyed how the characters lives whilst at the start are all singular and separated, but by the end of the story (if fact far before the end of the story) all of the characters are entangled in the most beautiful way and really share a sense of family. 

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I simply can't wait to see all the top reviews on Amazon, and in book clubs, and in the supermarkets, book shops when people get their hands on this, because the joy it will bring to so many is a testament to Ali's talent and why we can't wait for her next book already! 

Any plans yet Ali? Can you share any future book secrets? *Smiles angelically* 

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