Valentine’s Day At The Cafe At The End of The Pier by Helen Rolfe #chicklitmay #free #shortstory

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Length: 30 pages

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What they say:

Searching for love? You’ll find it at The Café at the End of the Pier…

 

*An exclusive free short story and the start of a heartwarming new series.*

When Jo’s beloved grandparents ask for her help in running their little café at the end of the pier in Salthaven-on-Sea she jumps at the chance.

The café is a hub for many people: the single dad who brings his little boy in on a Saturday morning; the lady who sits alone and stares out to sea; the woman who pops in after her morning run.

Jo soon realises that each of her customers is looking for love – and she knows just the way to find it for them. She goes about setting each of them up on blind dates – each date is held in the café, with a special menu she has designed for the occasion.

But Jo has never found love herself. She always held her grandparents’ marriage up as her ideal and she hasn’t found anything close to that. But could it be that love is right under her nose…?

An exclusive free short story to celebrate the start of a feelgood new series from Kindle bestseller Helen Rolfe.

The Review: So we get into this short story meeting Jo, who is grateful to be offered the opportunity to help out in The Cafe At the End of The Pier in Salthaven-on-Sea. I loved the imagery in this as she packed up her ‘VW Beetle bulging at the seams with her belongings’ and entered a seaside village that was extremely vivid to me. I enjoyed meeting her relatives and seeing and revisiting the romance that existed between her grandparents and also wondered at the hint of a rift in the family. I’ll be honest I could have done with a bit more drama but I’m sure that is to come. This is a short review as it’s such a short read (!) but it has definitely led me to check out Helen Rolfe’s other books. Very enjoyable, and a free read on Amazon!

Rating: 4/5

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Short story: Three Men and A Maybe by Katey Lovell

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Length: 59 pages

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What they say: It’s the age-old saying. You wait all day for a bus, and then three come along at once. But proposals? That’s just ridiculous. And yet, on New Year’s Eve, as the countdown finishes and the whole pub erupts in celebrations, Cerys finds herself staring at her ex-fiancé, Ricky. Who just so happens to be kneeling on the floor, ring in hand, asking her to marry him. Again.

And if that weren’t enough, hot barman Angelo, and longtime friend Huw also decide to pop the question. At the exact same time.

Three men, two real contenders, but just one choice. What on earth will she do?

The Review: I’d read a few of Katey Lovell’s short stories before (I’m afraid I haven’t reviewed them on the blog yet so here’s the Amazon link-make sure to check them out and her new book ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons,’ which is on my Kindle and to be read very soon here ) and as I did I kind of nodded and smiled. They were nice, romantic, enjoyable, short reads that were perfect for getting you out of reading slumps.

This story was just a little bit edgier, and had me sitting up, just a little more. We meet Cerys, the designated driver on New Years Eve, watching people become drunker and drunker around her. It had all the trademark activities of a night out-too high heels being discarded, friends getting with strange guys in pub corners and crazy dancing and I was there, almost experiencing it all. There was a jump back of eighteen months and we got an insight into one aspect of Cerys’ old life, and then we went back years further, with the descriptions of the background settings putting you, the reader, back to the time too, with excellent additional little descriptions that really added to the effect.

I have to say this was a very satisfying read and is actually free on Amazon so definitely one to download and has me looking forward to her full length novel, The Singalong Society for Singletons, which, as I said above, I’m looking forward to reading very, very soon!

Rating: 5/5