Book Review: The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James

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Title - The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club
Author - Lynsey James
Publication Date - August 1st 2016
Publisher - Carina UK
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by author)
Pages - 218

The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park...

Emily Reed is having a bad day. Her mother has just dropped a devastating bombshell - the dad she's known and loved for twenty-five years isn't her biological father!

Desperately in need of answers, Emily heads to Luna Bay covering her personal quest up as a work trip to Sunflower Cottage B&B.

Setting up the 'Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club' should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is. The only problem is brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, who is determined to make Emily's stay perfectly uncomfortable.

 Discovering the truth after all these years was never going to be simple, but Emily will stop at nothing to uncover her past... even if her heart is getting in the way!

Oh, to enjoy breakfast at Sunflower Cottage, along with the charming residents of Luna Bay!

Reading a novel by Lynsey James has been well overdue. As is the issue with most readers, my TBR pile never seems to shrink, so instead of feeling like I'm making progress, I actually feel as if I'm going backwards 99% of the time, making no dent in it all. When the opportunity to read The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club arose, I thought to myself 'what the hell!' and dived straight in. Naughty I know, but I'd been dying to read something of Lynsey's and really couldn't deal with putting it off for a single second longer. So, I didn't!

Beginning The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James was a little like stepping into a kitchen full of all of your favourite smells. Comforting, homely and deliciously warm, James's style is wholly inviting and feels rather like a tight embrace. This wonderfully uplifting feel to the book remained right the way through, and I couldn't get enough of it. The descriptions of Luna Bay delivered an image to my mind of someplace exciting and new, a place full of friendly faces and welcoming arms. I wanted to step into the story myself and experience it all beside Emily, the smells and sights and tastes that were covered gorgeously within the writing. Luna Bay was a setting I only wished was real. Beside the sea, with beaches to stroll along with an ice cream in hand, in my mind's eyes it was perfect.

The characters within The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club were fabulous. Lynsey's leading lady, Emily Reed, had all the characteristics of a workaholic. It was her way of escaping her mother's 'motivational pep talks' that usually included a summary of everything that Emily was doing wrong with her life. Desperate for a promotion and working hard to ensure that it had her name written all over it, Emily was the type of woman who really needed to give herself a break. After antics at work snatch it so cruelly away, and a bombshell from her mother shatters Emily's world into two, taking a trip to Luna Bay pops up on the cards. Reluctant at first, and not sure of what she'll find, Emily sets off to discover someplace new, with a heart as heavy as lead and a secret mission to boot.

What I adored most about this tale was the unravelling of it. As Emily begins to settle down in Luna Bay life, new characters and emotions surge their way to the surface. From Rose and the handsome Noah, to the adorable Dixie, the characters filled this story with colour and brought it beautifully to life! They were all so entertaining and joyful, a true pleasure to be around, and I loved watching the relationships blossom between them all beneath the sun in Luna Bay. Through the ups and downs, the highs and lows, Lynsey achieves a superb job of developing Emily and I felt sad to say goodbye to them all when I reached the final page. 

With mishaps aplenty and a huge mystery at the heart of it, The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James was the most delightful escape, full of heart and warmth and humour. It was a story of facing your fears, being brave enough to take chances and standing up for the life that you want to lead. Peppered with delectable dishes and naughty nuances, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Luna Bay and really can't wait to visit again! In fact, I might have already packed my suitcase to do so!

Becca's Books is awarding The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James with four of my bookish cupcakes! Roll on the next Luna Bay book!

About the author
Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn't a "good option" and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven't looked back since.

When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O'Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It'll happen one day...

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