Thursday, 25 June 2020

The Waffle House on the Pier by Tilly Tennant

For as long as she can remember, Sadie’s grandparents have run the waffle house on the pier at Sea Salt Bay. With its pretty painted chairs, sweet smells, and the warm advice of her beloved grandparents, the waffle house is like a second home

But when Sadie’s grandfather dies, leaving her grandmother without an anchor, Sadie must make a difficult decision. She quits her job and moves back home, determined to keep things going. The trouble is, she knows nothing about running a business, and learning at a million miles an hour with a shop full of hungry people isn’t easy. When she nearly burns the waffle house down, she has to admit she needs to get some help.

Her ex-boyfriend Declan promises to be there for her but Sadie worries that getting too close is a mistake – especially as he has a new girlfriend now. And anyway she’s just met newcomer Luke, with his gorgeous suntan and mellow voice…

Sadie’s family have always loved Declan and they’re not too sure about Luke, leaving Sadie unsure which way to turn. A terrible accident at sea forces her to look into her heart, but what if it’s already too late to tell the right man that she loves him?

I have a weakness for storylines that revolve around the running of sweet treat businesses, Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan is one of my all time favourite novels and so these kind of books lure me in just from their titles. I came across The Waffle House on the Pier by Tilly Tennant who is an author whose books I hadn’t read before so I was looking forward to discovering a new author and having my diet put to the test with a novel set in a Waffle House!

The Waffle House at the end of the Pier in Sea Salt Bay has been in Sadie’s family for years but after the devastating lost of her Gampy the future of the business is uncertain. Gammy still wants to carry on the business as normal despite the loss of her husband but she cannot do this alone, Sadie makes a big decision to walk away from her teacher training to help her Grandmother but it isn’t long before Sadie realises running the business with her Gammy is not going to be as straight forward as she hoped.

Sadie is our protagonist in this novel and she is a likeable character who many of us will relate to, she seems to be living in limbo still living with her family and training in a career she isn’t even sure is right for her. She finds herself in some what of a love triangle too and I love how the author managed to keep me guessing the whole way through as to where Sadie’s heart would finally lay it kept me intrigued. I was a little wary of Luke as there seemed to be a little mystery surrounding him and he came on incredibly strong after only two dates.

The strong family bond was felt through this storyline especially between Sadie and her Gammy and also Sadie and her brother Ewan who was very protective of his sister.

I was surprised that my taste buds were not teased by the delicious treats in the waffle house I was expecting to read about the mouth-watering delights the waffle house had to offer but this was probably a god send for my waist line in theory!

I enjoyed this storyline with its unpredictable romance and engaging characters, I will be sure to read future books by this author.

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