Book Review: The Little Flower Shop By The Sea By Ali McNamara


The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix.
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!


Poppy has inherited her grandmothers flower shop in St. Felix and she dresses mainly in black and behaves a lot younger than her actual age, this should go well shouldn’t it? Her grandmother seemed to know what will happen for everyone when you begin to hear the stories the people in the small village have to say about her. With characters such as Jake and Amber being introduced along with the many others we hear about – it is great to see that the novel actually introduces them in a way where you can follow along. A lot of novels in my experience tend to write about several characters all over the place which would make for poor reading which is something I really enjoy in this author’s books – she writes in a way where you can follow all the characters being mentioned. It just has that sense of personality in each of the characters like they are well established.

The author not only created characters who were described so well, I felt I was in the sidelines watching Poppy slowly coming to terms with her own heartache while she breathed so much life back into St Felix by simply handing out the gift of friendship and being there for those in need. While she was doing this her new friend Amber is showing Poppy that it is OK for her to be happy while weaving her own version of magic in a very special way.

This was a great story and one I would happily recommend. The storyline is entertaining, at times heartbreaking but the magic of flowers will show Poppy her way in the most unexpected of ways.
A great book which I am happy to recommend.

4/5 Stars


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