The Oddest Little Series
by Beth Good
The Oddest Little Beach Shop
‘I love Beth Good’s quirky style!’ – bestselling author Katie Fforde
From the first day of Annie’s arrival in the sleepy Cornish resort of Polzel, next-door neighbour Gabriel seems determined to make her life difficult.
Despite his sexy looks and angelic name, Gabriel behaves like an ogre to everyone, and has apparently been that way since losing his wife in a surfing accident. Annie would do far better, her friend Claudia urges her, to focus her attentions on Jamie instead. Jamie’s the hottest lifeguard in the village – and her co-worker in the Polzel beach shop.
But when Polzel’s famous annual pie-rolling contest sees Annie and Gabriel forced together, it turns out Annie might have a thing for big Cornish ogres after all . . .
A feel-good summer novella from popular romantic comedy writer Beth Good and another quirky entry in her ‘Oddest Little Shop’ series.
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From the moment Annie arrived in the Cornish village of Polzel with her nephew it was clear this story would be a fun read. Getting off on the wrong foot with her new neighbours seemed to be a habit, what with the farmer in the middle of the road blocking traffic with his sheep, and the irate driver getting road rage behind her. Annie’s first impression of the village was wonderful; however, the people would definitely take some getting used to.
Greeted by her friend, Claudia, she was thrown into village life, and she soon learnt that everyone knew her before she even opened her mouth to introduce herself.
Working at the beach shop, mastering the till and eyeing up Jamie, her co-worker and local lifeguard, Annie had more than enough on her plate without falling for his brother – the irate driver she’d met on her first day.
The story revolves around Annie settling in and trying to do her best by her nephew. The villagers are quirky, eccentric, and not people who take no for an answer. Subsequently, Annie ends up learning to surf with Jamie, and making arrangements for the annual pie-rolling contest with his brother, Gabriel – which is where their romance both begins and ends. Until an incident calls for Annie to rely on Gabriel’s help.
This is a funny, charming and fast-paced novella. The resort is a stunningly beautiful seaside town, and with it come all the pros and cons of tourist season.
The author has an easy writing style that is refreshingly down-to-earth and most entertaining. Packed with humour, outlandish characters and a sweet romance that eventually is allowed to sizzle, this is an ideal read for both the beach or a rainy afternoon when the summer sun has vanished.
This was my second book of the “Oddest” series, and I’m certainly going back for more.
About the author
Born and raised in Essex, England, Beth Good was whisked away to an island tax haven at the age of eleven to attend an exclusive public school and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Sadly, she never became rich or famous herself, so had to settle for infamy as a writer of dubious novels. She writes under several different names, mainly to avoid confusing her readers – and herself! As Beth Good she writes romantic comedy and feel-good fiction. She also writes thrillers as Jane Holland, historicals as Victoria Lamb and Elizabeth Moss, and feel-good fiction as Hannah Coates.
Beth currently lives in the West Country where she spends a great deal of time thinking romantic thoughts while staring out of her window at sheep. (These two actions are unrelated.)
You can find her most days on Twitter as @BethGoodWriter where she occasionally indulges in pointless banter about chocolate making and the Great British Bake Off. Due to a basic inability to say no, she has too many children and not enough money, which means she needs as many readers as she can get.
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