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Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot. Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gor Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot. Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate’s ‘something blue.’ Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate – and herself – the happy ever afters they deserve?


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Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot. Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gor Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate’s wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot. Double-booked venues, ‘rustic’ locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate’s ‘something blue.’ Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate – and herself – the happy ever afters they deserve?

30 review for The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Éimhear (A Little Haze)

    Hello female lead! Are you just getting over a painful breakup? Have you lost your self-confidence because of a guy? Left the bright lights of the big city behind you? Well step right up to our beautiful quiet Cornish seaside town where you can indulge in every clichéd chick-lit stereotype of your dreams!!!!!!! There are life long besties who will always be there for you, an understanding (part-time) boss (more of a friend or maternal character really....) which will lead to an "unexpected" career Hello female lead! Are you just getting over a painful breakup? Have you lost your self-confidence because of a guy? Left the bright lights of the big city behind you? Well step right up to our beautiful quiet Cornish seaside town where you can indulge in every clichéd chick-lit stereotype of your dreams!!!!!!! There are life long besties who will always be there for you, an understanding (part-time) boss (more of a friend or maternal character really....) which will lead to an "unexpected" career that will prove to be extremely profitable and as ever in small little country towns there are at least two hot single men who are willing to fight it out for the 'right' to become your Mr Right!! Would you like cute guy number one? Mr Contemporary with oh so perfect blue eyes. His charisma could charm you all the way into next year. Or perhaps you would prefer Mr Traditional? Beneath this scowling exterior lurks a cute little pussy cat and abs of steel! .....you get the idea, right? I mean it's chick lit!! And I, for one, love my cute and fluffy chick-lits!! So this was very sweet even though it was incredibly predictable...my favourite part btw (view spoiler)[the piercing blue eyes of cute guy number one turned out to be coloured contacts because 'everyone loves piercing blue eyes'!!! I must admit, I LOL'd! (hide spoiler)] As I was saying, this was very pleasant and it could very easily have been a steady three star rating if not for the fact that it did drag somewhat because the inevitably of the ending was just so glaringly obvious and therefore, many of the book's chapters felt unnecessary and became quite tiresome. It was too long and poorly edited; the book could have been shortened by at least 20% which would have tightened up the storyline and given it a better "flow". And sadly the humour was a little bit lacking. In order to give a higher rating to chick-lits I need the laugh-o-meter to be ding-ding-dinging a little higher than it did with this one. But I did enjoy it and will read the sequel; okay that's mostly because I have already purchased it but this book hasn't put me off continuing on the stories about the characters in this little wedding shop by the sea. All in all it was a perfectly charming little piece of escapist fluffiness! *drifts off to my happy place* two and a half stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anja

    The book is about Poppy, who lives in a tiny flat above her friend's wedding shop in Cornwall. After her boyfriend cheats on her that's where she finds a new home, and work. She bakes wedding cakes for the brides. To save her other friend's wedding, she takes on another job: As a wedding planner on a farm, owned by grumpy farmer Rafe. Of course, being a wedding planner isn't as easy as it sounds, but can her new life help Poppy get over her heartbreak..? I really liked the story and Poppy and her The book is about Poppy, who lives in a tiny flat above her friend's wedding shop in Cornwall. After her boyfriend cheats on her that's where she finds a new home, and work. She bakes wedding cakes for the brides. To save her other friend's wedding, she takes on another job: As a wedding planner on a farm, owned by grumpy farmer Rafe. Of course, being a wedding planner isn't as easy as it sounds, but can her new life help Poppy get over her heartbreak..? I really liked the story and Poppy and her friends. Rafe was also quite nice, but somehow not my dream love interest. He was great and all, but there was still something missing. I don't know. It's also a very fast read because the chapters are very short, which I liked very much. The atmosphere and the setting of the farm were very lovely. I don't have anything bad to say, really. But I do have the feeling, that some things were just not really ... solved? Hard to explain, but there was, of course, another guy and his storyline just kind of vanished into thin air. Almost, at least. It did find an end or something, but that part could've been so much more. I totally missed some complications here, and basically in the whole book. I mean I don't want total drama, but a tiny bit would've been nice? Maybe? The obligatory obstacle near the end of the book was actually nothing at all. Still a nice book, though. Oh, another thing I did not like: In the beginning of the story Poppy's hairstyle is a pixie cut. I hate pixie cuts. No one ever looks good with a pixie cut. Not even Emma Watson or Anne Hathaway. But that's not even the worst part: Poppy's pixie cut was bright red, then orange until it finally faded and became something like blonde again. Okay? I think I totally understand women who chop their hair off after a break-up or want to look different and everything. But a pixie cut? When you had nice, long, blonde hair before? Poppy said: 'I couldn't be that blonde person anymore.' Oh, get a grip for goodness sake! You don't have to be that harsh to your poor hair. I was over the moon when she could do a tiny pony-tail again. Hooray. Luckily I forgot the hairstyle of horror most of the time. ♥ So, my conclusion is: Very nice book and people and atmosphere and everything, but still something missing. I don't even know why, because it has everything I want from a chick-lit book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    *Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I think it’s safe to say that this is my favourite Jane Linfoot book so far. I liked all her previous ones, but this one is on another level, I just couldn’t put it down. The story follows Poppy, who is a cake baker and works and lives above a little wedding shop. When her best friend Cate’s wedding planner quits, they all want Poppy to take over: Cate, their best friend Immie and also her colleagues at the store. Poppy *Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* I think it’s safe to say that this is my favourite Jane Linfoot book so far. I liked all her previous ones, but this one is on another level, I just couldn’t put it down. The story follows Poppy, who is a cake baker and works and lives above a little wedding shop. When her best friend Cate’s wedding planner quits, they all want Poppy to take over: Cate, their best friend Immie and also her colleagues at the store. Poppy is not sure, but does it anyway. This means that she now works closely with Rafe, the farm owner, where the weddings will take place. Rafe is a really grumpy, moody and bad tempered person and he doesn’t like weddings at all. Of course this doesn’t make the situation easier. She suddenly has so much to do and things of course go wrong as well. Rafe is another challenge, but she can handle him and spending time with also awakens other feelings. She is confused at first and also doesn’t want a relationship, because of what happened with her ex. Rafe is actually really hot and he changes throughout the book. Learning about his past makes things clear and the things he does in this book are quite adorable actually. All the characters in this book are well lined out, relatable and they have great chemistry. Reading about the wedding shop and about what the girls do there, was incredible. It felt like walking through the shop myself, Jane has such a vivid way to describe places and scenes and she added a lot of great humour in this book. I totally got hooked and adored this book from the first page onwards. It’s a sweet, romantic and adorable story, with wonderful scenes, deep thoughts and amazing characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Poppy bakes wedding cakes for a living and she rents an apartment above Brides by the Sea, a wedding shop. She knows a lot about weddings, which is why she's being asked as a wedding planner on Daisy Hill Farm. She has to take the job to help out her good friend Cate who's booked a wedding at the farm. The previous wedding planner has made a mess of things and Poppy should be able to clean it up. She wants to make sure every couple that has booked their special day at the farm will actually have Poppy bakes wedding cakes for a living and she rents an apartment above Brides by the Sea, a wedding shop. She knows a lot about weddings, which is why she's being asked as a wedding planner on Daisy Hill Farm. She has to take the job to help out her good friend Cate who's booked a wedding at the farm. The previous wedding planner has made a mess of things and Poppy should be able to clean it up. She wants to make sure every couple that has booked their special day at the farm will actually have it. That means she has to solve plenty of problems and she has to be creative when things aren't going according to plan. The farmer, Rafe, is moody and he isn't happy with the wedding business. It brings in money, but he doesn't have to like it. Besides keeping her cake business going and making sure the wedding business at the farm runs smoothly Poppy now also has a boss who makes things extra difficult, but she can handle a challenge and she might even like it, a lot... Cupcakes & Confetti - The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea (1) is a wonderful book. I loved it from the first sentence. I'm a romantic person and therefore love to read about weddings. Jane Linfoot describes the whole process in such a vivid and detailed way that I could picture myself shopping for a dress at Brides by the Sea and booking a countryside wedding at the farm. Her settings are amazing and I couldn't get enough of reading about them. The farm is stunning and it's the ideal location for a wedding. The shop is fun and classy with a fabulous selection of clothes. Plus there are plenty of mouthwatering descriptions of food and drinks, what's not to like? Poppy is a sweet person and she's always there for others. Someone took advantage of that and broke her heart, so she's reluctant to start a relationship again and wants to make it on her own. She has some very good friends who support her no matter what. The friendship in this book is heartwarming and it made me smile many times. Poppy manages to get herself in all kinds of uncomfortable and often funny situations and I love Jane Linfoot's sense of humor. She also knows how to create good chemistry. Rafe is moody and kind at the same time. He's a hot farmer with a sensible head on his shoulders. He's the perfect main character for a very romantic story. Jane Linfoot's writing is fantastic. Her sentences are well-constructed and they have an easy flow. Once I started this book I couldn't put it away. I loved the ending, it's a dream come true and it will melt everyone's heart. Cupcakes & Confetti - The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea (1) is a delicious summer read with enchanting locations, gorgeous main characters, a lot of unexpected twists and turns and plenty of surprises.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    I received a copy of this via NetGalley and HarperImpulse in return for a fair and honest review This was an absolute delight of a book to read! So warm, full of extremely likeable characters and a storyline full of depth beyond the normal feel good romances! Poppy lives about the wedding shop, with views over the sea! It's not the biggest flat in the world but she loves it and it is where she is happiest after her traumatic break up with Brett, and where she can lose herself when she's baking and I received a copy of this via NetGalley and HarperImpulse in return for a fair and honest review This was an absolute delight of a book to read! So warm, full of extremely likeable characters and a storyline full of depth beyond the normal feel good romances! Poppy lives about the wedding shop, with views over the sea! It's not the biggest flat in the world but she loves it and it is where she is happiest after her traumatic break up with Brett, and where she can lose herself when she's baking and creating wedding cakes of the highest quality. With her best friends Jess and Cate around her she gets to start to move on with her life, even though the wedding shop is a constant reminder of her personal life not having the happy ending she was hoping for. And when a job opportunity arises at Daisy Hill Farm to help push the wedding business there she reluctantly accepts. Standing in her way at the farm is the rather grumpy, but hot, farmer Rafe who is very set in his ways and fully focused on life at the farm and not the business goldmine he is sitting on with the idyllic setting of the farm. Poppy takes to wedding planning well, but farm life takes a little while for her to get used to! And when the wedding photographer Jules appears on the scene, it appears that Poppy may have more than one admirer to distract her from past lost loves! It was so much fun seeing the relationship between Poppy and Rafe develop and how they both end up helping each other see different aspects to their lives and how they can push themselves out of their comfort zones. Really enjoyed seeing how Poppy and her friends dealt with the often chaotic wedding days and it was all written so beautifully and in a fun way that I can't wait for more from the series!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This book had everything that would draw me initially to a book- a gorgeous cover, a book about weddings and cakes and it's set in my favourite place in the World, Cornwall. It just created all sorts of beautiful images throughout of delightful wedding scenes and frothy tulle and delicious cupcakes. Poppy lives in the attic of a wonderful wedding shop called Brides by the Sea. She creates beautiful cakes and helps out in her friends shop. Her rooms have a delightful porthole view out onto the Corn This book had everything that would draw me initially to a book- a gorgeous cover, a book about weddings and cakes and it's set in my favourite place in the World, Cornwall. It just created all sorts of beautiful images throughout of delightful wedding scenes and frothy tulle and delicious cupcakes. Poppy lives in the attic of a wonderful wedding shop called Brides by the Sea. She creates beautiful cakes and helps out in her friends shop. Her rooms have a delightful porthole view out onto the Cornish coastal town and I could just imagine curling up there with a great book, a pink cupcake and a glass of their Prosecco or a cocktail made just for me! When Poppy's best friends wedding planner drops out, she takes on the job to ensure that Cate gets the wedding of her dreams. The book combines wonderful friendships, a grumpy boss who just happens to be stunning. He also has a well hidden heart of gold and makes tasty bacon sandwiches at just the vital moment. There is also a bridezilla to contend with. Daisy Hill Farm sounds the wonderful setting for a wedding and lots of very heartwarming scenes take place there. I can't wait to spend Christmas at Daisy Hill Farm in the next book in the series. I recently saw Jane at a Birmingham get together for writers and bloggers and she is so lovely and bubbly. She will be joining my list of authors to wait on the next book being released! With many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this lovely book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kel

    At first, the dialogue from the main character Poppy, was hard for me to push through. It was very different from all the books I’ve read previously. However, eventually I realized, it was as if she was talking to a friend, or her younger self. And it really grew on me, and made me really feel like I was part of her world on some level. The friendships Poppy has, the men you’re introduced to, and the amazing locations Poppy is involved with REEEEEEEALLY pull you in. Poppy hasn’t had an easy life At first, the dialogue from the main character Poppy, was hard for me to push through. It was very different from all the books I’ve read previously. However, eventually I realized, it was as if she was talking to a friend, or her younger self. And it really grew on me, and made me really feel like I was part of her world on some level. The friendships Poppy has, the men you’re introduced to, and the amazing locations Poppy is involved with REEEEEEEALLY pull you in. Poppy hasn’t had an easy life, and from someone who grew up with no friends, being able to really feel apart of a great group of gals who understand each other was such a heart pulling experience for me personally. The only thing I couldn’t relate to, was Poppy wanting to be a “loner” after a bad relationship and wanting to stay single for an unforeseeable future. The ups and downs in this book. The farm life, the best friends knowing Poppy better than even Poppy knew herself, the jobs, the hilarious yet romantic situations she goes through... UGH it was just SO good!! This book has easily made its way to my special top shelf favorite reads collection. And I’m so happy I read it :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenny O'Brien

    Excellent feel good beach read

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dini - dinipandareads

    I'm on the fence about this. I enjoyed the story, the wedding shop and cake baking, and I liked most of the characters and their various relationships; but as the book progressed I also found Poppy, our MC, and the way she reacted/interacted with Rafe, our hero, more than a little annoying. It's like, girl, I know that you want to deny your feelings for him and I know that you don't want to feel dependent on a man after your last relationship but... Lawd, he really can't win because he's an arse I'm on the fence about this. I enjoyed the story, the wedding shop and cake baking, and I liked most of the characters and their various relationships; but as the book progressed I also found Poppy, our MC, and the way she reacted/interacted with Rafe, our hero, more than a little annoying. It's like, girl, I know that you want to deny your feelings for him and I know that you don't want to feel dependent on a man after your last relationship but... Lawd, he really can't win because he's an arse when he doesn't want to get involved in farm wedding stuff, but when he eventually does want to help, he's "too much"? Please make up your mind. It could've been sort of cute if it didn't go on forever... There are no big surprises in the plot. The story and characters are pretty formulaic and trope-y but that's okay if that's what you're looking for. What I initially found the most jarring was that it's a first person POV, but the more I started thinking of it as a "Bridget Jones" type narration, I didn't mind. Poppy started off as a very likeable character. I liked her passion for baking and how she dove straight into wedding event management despite never having done it before. I liked her relationships with her besties Cate and Immie, as well as Jess, the wedding shop owner. They were a girl gang of funny and eccentric women who had each other's backs but were also unafraid to call each other out in the way only friends can. I was a bit disappointed to know we wouldn't learn more about Immie because (aside from the hero) I ended up liking her the most and she gave me the most laughs with her attitude 😂 Although it didn't take long for me to read this, I did find the story and incidents quite repetitive and meandering without anything really happening except some minor character development. If it was shortened down further, nothing major would be missed. I think the character I ended up liking the most besides Immie, was Rafe. Yes, he's your typical gruff on the outside but a cinnamon roll on the inside hero with a tragic past (hence the grumpiness) but I liked how he really put in effort and changed. That said, the biggest flaws in their enemies-to-lovers romance were the severe lack of communication because they really didn't talk to each other about feelings, and Poppy's inability to make up her mind up about Rafe. TL;DR: A sweet story with realistic and relatable characters and relationships. Although the story does wind around a bit, I enjoyed the Cornish setting, the cute little wedding shop, and most of the characters. I'm just sad that our MC became a little too annoying to be cute by the end of it. If you're looking for a quick and easy to read chicklit in a cute setting with interesting characters and without any surprises, this definitely delivers!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    This one had all the parts I like, but they failed to come together in a satisfying way for me. I just kept wanting more character development and to know Poppy and Rafe on a deeper level but it never happened. It was fine and fairly entertaining but I won't be in a rush to read the rest of the series - maybe someday. This one had all the parts I like, but they failed to come together in a satisfying way for me. I just kept wanting more character development and to know Poppy and Rafe on a deeper level but it never happened. It was fine and fairly entertaining but I won't be in a rush to read the rest of the series - maybe someday.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    Light, frothy romance. Nothing major happening, but beautifully set in a wedding shop. Enjoyed it enough to go on to the next in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Tess'x

    The little wedding shop by the sea is a delightful, light hearted read. I loved it. Definitely can't wait to read the rest of the series. I loved grumpy Rafe and bubbly Poppy. Definitely recommended to all chick lit fans. The little wedding shop by the sea is a delightful, light hearted read. I loved it. Definitely can't wait to read the rest of the series. I loved grumpy Rafe and bubbly Poppy. Definitely recommended to all chick lit fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Cornwall, sea, cake and a happy ever after.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luise

    'The Little wedding shop by the sea' is a very pleasant summery read about Poppy turning her life around by becoming a wedding planner to save her best friend's wedding. While I enjoyed most of this book a lot, I'm not sure about the pacing of Rafe's development or Poppy's reaction to it. It often just didn't feel right to me. Also, the ending dragged on a bit. 'The Little wedding shop by the sea' is a very pleasant summery read about Poppy turning her life around by becoming a wedding planner to save her best friend's wedding. While I enjoyed most of this book a lot, I'm not sure about the pacing of Rafe's development or Poppy's reaction to it. It often just didn't feel right to me. Also, the ending dragged on a bit.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5. Fun read

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This was such a sweet book, and I legitimately couldn't put it down, in fact stayed up til 4am one night like I was a teenager again - there was nothing really special about this, it followed the chic lit formula to the letter.. but it flowed nicely and the short chapters are totally my favourite This was such a sweet book, and I legitimately couldn't put it down, in fact stayed up til 4am one night like I was a teenager again - there was nothing really special about this, it followed the chic lit formula to the letter.. but it flowed nicely and the short chapters are totally my favourite

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Follow Poppy (the blue one – not the red) over the next year as she reinvents herself with two new careers, a new life and possibly a new love. After a break up with long-term live in, Poppy has moved back to familiar territory with her two childhood best friends as she recovers from the slight and decides if she’ll go back to her fast-paced London life as a food stylist. In the meantime, she’s living and working in the attic level of a new bridal shop in the small Cornwall town. See, Poppy has Follow Poppy (the blue one – not the red) over the next year as she reinvents herself with two new careers, a new life and possibly a new love. After a break up with long-term live in, Poppy has moved back to familiar territory with her two childhood best friends as she recovers from the slight and decides if she’ll go back to her fast-paced London life as a food stylist. In the meantime, she’s living and working in the attic level of a new bridal shop in the small Cornwall town. See, Poppy has always baked cakes: the BEST cakes, made with patience and love, a legacy from her mother. Sure, money is tight, but she’s able to support herself (mostly) and has Immie and Cate nearby for emotional support. Life is full: she’s got her cakes, helping out in the shop Brides by the Sea, babysitting for Cate and her fiancé and visiting Immie out in the country as she manages a holiday cottage for hire business at Daisy Hill Farm. What more could a girl need? Not that she needed it, but the wedding planner at Daisy Hill Farm has quit, and Rafe, the owner, is debating closing it all down. But Cate, Poppy’s bestie was the first to book her wedding there. There is no question that Poppy can and should step up to take on the job – at least in Immie and Cate’s eyes. From here, it’s a mix of crossed wires, moments of pure happiness and a back and forth between Poppy and Rafe that highlights just how different, but compatible the two are. Poppy is lovely: she’s had her legs knocked out from under her, but she’s still steaming forward with her “make everyone else happy” face. She’s actually a bit lost, no worries about her baking – that she knows she has down in spades, but the rest of her life (and one unused, unworn designed for her wedding gown) is hiding in a closet awaiting discovery or use. Now is the time to expand her wings and start to fly. It’s not a smooth ride for sure: sharing an office with Rafe is akin to sharing with a sloppy bear with a thorn in his paw, not to mention Henrietta and the cows. Poppy is NOT a ‘farm’ girl – she’s small town who longed for the city, but it’s mud, stone walls, cakes and bridezillas, and one self-important photographer. Poppy is learning and growing – speaking her own mind and ready for the next phase of her life. As satisfying as warn gingerbread with a lemon drizzle (try it – I promise it’s the best thing you’ve ever had except good chocolate) this slow-growing story just nestles into your heart and leaves you satisfied. Another winner from Linfoot – stories that grab your heart and don’t let go. I received an eBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. This review was originally posted on I am, Indeed

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    Follow my reviews. : Jane Hunt Writer First Steps Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+ Connect on...: Twitter So, are cupcakes, an unlikely wedding planner and a grumpy but gorgeous farmer, the perfect recipe for a romantic comedy? Definitely. I’ve eagerly anticipated reading this story and the reality far surpassed the expectation. Poppy our cake maker, extraordinaire becomes a reluctant wedding planner at the insistence of her best friends. Her first encoun Follow my reviews. : Jane Hunt Writer First Steps Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+ Connect on...: Twitter So, are cupcakes, an unlikely wedding planner and a grumpy but gorgeous farmer, the perfect recipe for a romantic comedy? Definitely. I’ve eagerly anticipated reading this story and the reality far surpassed the expectation. Poppy our cake maker, extraordinaire becomes a reluctant wedding planner at the insistence of her best friends. Her first encounter with Rafe, is messy, the second is disjointed and strangely confusing. As the months pass she learns there is more to her disinterested and often rude boss, than she first thought. Not just in terms of personality. Told from Poppy’s first person point of view, you quickly discover she is a delightful character. Loyal, hard working and determined to rebuild her shattered life after her despicable ex and the unexpected death of her mum. Poppy, Cate and Immie’s long term friendship makes for lots of funny dialogue and amusing anecdotes. Rafe is complex and has a heart of gold beneath his gruff exterior, the perfect romantic comedy hero. His love of slogan T-shirts makes for amusing reading, there is certainly a market for these. There are lots of ‘laugh out loud’ scenes that had me crying with laughter. The setting, both at the farm and the wedding shop is full of vivid imagery. The scenes in Poppy’s eyrie at the top of the wedding shop are so well described you can practically smell the baking cakes and taste the sweet icing. Poppy and Rafe’s relationship simmers in a believable way and has many romantic and comic moments that have you rooting for their happy ever after. Funny, poignant and unashamedly romantic, this story is a summer treat you won’t want to miss. Jane Linfoot

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Easily my favourite book by Jane Linfoot, Cupcakes and Confetti brings all the fun of multiple weddings, cute farm animals, delicious sounding wedding cakes, gorgeous dresses by a talented designer, a group of close friends, some dishy men all in one highly enjoyable and loving novel. Poppy is primarily a cake baker, living above Jess's wedding shop, when she is persuaded by her best friend Cate, to become the wedding planner at Daisy Hill Farm, so that her own wedding will be saved. Rafe who ow Easily my favourite book by Jane Linfoot, Cupcakes and Confetti brings all the fun of multiple weddings, cute farm animals, delicious sounding wedding cakes, gorgeous dresses by a talented designer, a group of close friends, some dishy men all in one highly enjoyable and loving novel. Poppy is primarily a cake baker, living above Jess's wedding shop, when she is persuaded by her best friend Cate, to become the wedding planner at Daisy Hill Farm, so that her own wedding will be saved. Rafe who owns the farm isn't too keen on weddings or cake, but is gorgeous, has grudgingly agreed to hire Poppy until the end of the wedding season. There are all manner to messes to sort out from her predecessor as well as all the normal stresses or wedding organising. Poppy though does get a helpful ally in local wedding photographer Jules, who is also a handsome hunk of a man and clearly besotted with Poppy. I loved seeing the two alpha males react with each other, both trying to get the upper hand for differing reasons. It was definitely the initial descriptions of The Wedding Shop by the Sea, which is a four floor wedding emporium, with its own signature wedding gown designer, and sells everything you could want for a wedding, that drew me into the book and suggested to me very early on that this would be a brilliant story. I wasn't wrong, I was enchanted throughout, and loved the writing, and the sense of fun in the story. I loved that although Poppy isn't too keen on the great outdoors and farm animals, she slowly starts coming around to them, especially a cute calf, and Henrietta who also shares and office with Rafe and Poppy. Some of the ideas for Cate's wedding were so outlandish and unfeasibly expensive, that you couldn't help but laugh at them. There is of course a double booking in amongst the fun, a very pregnant bride, weather woes, and a couple that may or may not make it as far as the aisle. If you are in the mood for a light hearted, start of summery, feel good read, with mention of some upbeat playlists from Jules, then I would definitely recommend Cupcakes and Confetti. I am already longing for my return to The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, in the second book out later this year. Thanks to Jane Linfoot for this review copy. This was my honest opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steffi

    Thanks to Netgalley and HarperImpulse for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I rarely say something about the cover but here I have to say that I absolutely in love with it. I love the colours, I love the little items on it and I like the font. After the first few pages I thought I would really fall in love with this book. I have a very soft spot for books in the wedding business, as well as little shops or baking cakes. But somehow the book couldn't hold my attention throughout th Thanks to Netgalley and HarperImpulse for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I rarely say something about the cover but here I have to say that I absolutely in love with it. I love the colours, I love the little items on it and I like the font. After the first few pages I thought I would really fall in love with this book. I have a very soft spot for books in the wedding business, as well as little shops or baking cakes. But somehow the book couldn't hold my attention throughout the whole book. I found some bits very dragging and had the feeling there wasn't much progress in the story. I did like the characters but they felt very distant to me and I couldn't build a connection with them. The sparks in the love story were missing to me too and I didn't like the constant on and off interest between Poppy and Rafe. The book had some very nice moments though which made me generally like the story but unfortunately it didn't overwhelm me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ali Bookworm

    I love the cover of this book and it it fits the storyline very well. A nice little tale about a wedding shop in Cornwall and a farm. I was a little disappointed it wasn't as good as I had hoped but all the same was a nice little read. I love the cover of this book and it it fits the storyline very well. A nice little tale about a wedding shop in Cornwall and a farm. I was a little disappointed it wasn't as good as I had hoped but all the same was a nice little read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I loved this book it was a fantastic read, I am so glad I decided to go back and read book 1 after reading book 3.... I love it so much and want to know what happens next that I have just brought book 2. There are not many books that I am able to read this quickly, so thank you.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 Stars A little slow to get going, but soon builds into a sweet and light (if a bit predictable) romance. Good cast of characters with well-defined personalities.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma Crowley

    Cupcakes and Confetti is the first in a planned series from Jane Linfoot entitled The Wedding Shop by the Sea and also the first book I have read by this author. Book two Sequins and Snowflakes is to arrive at the end of September and after reading this gorgeous book I can't wait for the second to be published. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish with plenty of humour, stunning settings, tantalising descriptions of wedding cakes and not to mention glittering, magical weddin Cupcakes and Confetti is the first in a planned series from Jane Linfoot entitled The Wedding Shop by the Sea and also the first book I have read by this author. Book two Sequins and Snowflakes is to arrive at the end of September and after reading this gorgeous book I can't wait for the second to be published. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish with plenty of humour, stunning settings, tantalising descriptions of wedding cakes and not to mention glittering, magical wedding dresses. There is something here for everyone who is a fan of the chick lit genre but also books which feature something that little bit different. There is a huge amount of books published featuring bakeries, book shops, sweet shops etc but this is the first I have read set in and around a wedding shop and the surrounding areas. With such a huge influx of books in a similar vein there could be a chance people may grow bored easily with this current trend. I don't feel that way at all and just wish authors could write books like this even quicker. Once you finish one book like this you just want to dive straight into another. Jane Linfoot has brought her characters vividly to life with an engaging plot that has you turning the pages deeply immersed in the lives of Poppy, Cate and Immie not to mention all the goings on both at Daisy Hill Farm and Brides by the Sea. The cover alone for this book is one which really stands out and when it was revealed on Twitter there was a rush of appreciation for something so simple yet so beautiful. The items on the window sill give hints as to the themes of this book weddings and cupcakes galore and who wouldn't want to be sitting at the window gazing out at the incredible scenery whilst you try on the dress of your dreams? Jane mentions that she writes fun,flirty fiction with feisty heroines that have a bit of an edge and that's exactly what I got with this book alongside a devilish handsome man who captured my heart immediately. I can honestly say I spent a pleasurable few hours totally absorbed in a wonderful story with characters I found hard to leave behind once the final page was turned. The book takes us through the months from February to September - you could almost compare it to the majority of the wedding season. All the focus is not solely on weddings as it also has a few other storylines neatly slipped in. Poppy Pickering lives in the attic above the wedding shop run by Jesse, she creates fabulous cakes for weddings and any occasion and has a natural talent for it. Immediately the descriptions of cupcakes and icing etc was just tantalising and I regretted not having something sweet to hand to eat and enjoy whilst reading. Poppy has been hurt in the past and can't seem to move on. Baking and creating is her therapy but there will come a point where the money she earns is realistically not enough and she will have to take a move forward both in her personal and professional life. Hiding out in the attic whilst not confronting what her heart is telling her can only go on for so long before her heart and mind start saying it's time to move on with your life and place Brett and his antics firmly in the past. There is someone better for you out there and with a little help, support and guidance from friends Poppy can come out stronger on the other side. Jess is the owner of Brides by the Sea and with dress designer Sera on board things are on the up with brides coming from far and near to sample all the shop has to offer. Even the descriptions of the shop were fantastic with the grooms wear section, scintillating shoe room, colourful cakes, fantastic flowers and the ever busy bridesmaid beach hut. Initially I did think the sole focus of the book would be on Jess, Sera and Poppy as they navigate the ups and downs associated with running a wedding emporium but to my delight Poppy's best friends Cate and Immie became the main feature along with Poppy. This left me questioning would Jess and Sera play a more prominent role in Sequins and Snowflakes? Immie works as a cleaner at the holiday cottages on Daisy Hill Farm with the gorgeous if slightly stand-offish Rafe. The farm is the perfect venue for weddings, the only problem is the events co-ordinator has quit and friend Cate is due to hold her wedding there in September. Immie and Poppy know Cate deserves the wedding of her dreams and much more but what can they do if Rafe is going to cancel all the weddings that had been pre booked. Of course Immie has an ingenious idea - Poppy should apply for the position and if she doesn't like it by the conclusion of Cate's wedding at least she knows she did everything for her friend even if the venue cannot be saved. This idea seemed to come out of nowhere and I thought it was so admirable of Poppy to take such a bold and brave step to secure her friends joy and happiness. Yes she knew she needed to take a step put of her comfort zone and enjoyable as baking cakes is it really wasn't enough to make her financially stable. I was going to say Immie hadn't much of a storyline and being a single mum to fourteen year old Morgan could have been utilised much more but on reflection Immie had her dash of romance but really she played a blinder in pushing Poppy forward for the job. She obviously had a long term plan in place and knew Daisy Hill Farm was special and could work its magic on Poppy even if Rafe was an obstacle that had to be overcome. I loved this quote which is a great motto for life and really struck a chord with me as it proved so relevant 'Our scars make us who we are. Wear them proudly, and move forward.' Once Poppy to her surprise gets the job as new events co-ordinator for Daisy Hill Farm the book moves along at a lovely steady pace and becomes full of mishaps and mistakes but also it is filled with some lovely touching moments. The story progresses through the months as Poppy tries to do the best for each wedding that has been booked whilst not upsetting Rafe. We really see a more mature, wiser Poppy emerging. She is ready to get stuck into things it's almost like she is a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis as she undergoes a transformation. Her confidence shines through but as for the more romantic element of things. I was shouting in frustration as miscommunication and an unwillingness to emotionally open up and confront true feelings played havoc but love never plays a smooth even game. Rafe was a fantastic male character. He wasn't forced in your face but was there when needed. Just like Poppy I wasn't fully sure what to make of him, he seemed to be hiding things and could sound abrupt at times with the livestock of the farm more on his mind rather than the wedding side of things which Poppy was doing her utmost to save. I do have to say it's normally a dog that steals my heart in books like this but instead this time it was a chicken Henrietta who provided the most comical of moments just when things seemed to be getting a bit tense. I loved all the descriptions of the various weddings taking place on the farm and of how Poppy was an absolute star doing her best to please everyone. Anyone planning a wedding would do well to read this book as there is so much inspiration to be found and for someone who has no experience with weddings etc none of the elements of the story put me off. Nothing was overdone instead such beautiful imagery was conjured up nicely along with the hilarious antics of women who you would never think could turn out like bridezilla's. One of the highlights was Cate's hen do.It left me with tears of laughter streaming down my face and I was firmly glad it was the girls rather than me on such an eventful night out. Cupcakes and Confetti was just a joy to read from start to finish, everyone who picks it up will fall in love with Poppy and be rooting for her. She is a character who deserves to put the past firmly behind her. To come out of her shell and embrace a new path in life. Sometimes we just need that little push from an unexpected source and although the road may be bumpy there proved to be lots of fun, laughter and mayhem providing her with just the tonic she needed. Take your time and savour every moment of the wonderful story which will put you in a really good mood. There are no lulls or boring bits, yes you may guess the outcome fairly early on but it in no way detracts from the overall storyline as there was plenty to be played out before we reached the end of a story that was captivating and sparkling. Jane Linfoot was a new author to me but she has demonstrated that she has such a lovely way with words and descriptions and a unique ability to create settings and characters that you really care for. I'm more than eager to return to the Wedding Shop by the Sea as there must be more in store for this cast of characters or as I have mentioned Jess and Sera. Jane Linfoot has come up with a clever storyline and ran with it and to great success. The release of Sequins and Snowflakes can't come quick enough for me. Meanwhile do go out and buy this treat of a book as I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending it. Many thanks to Jane Linfoot for our copy of Cupcakes and Confetti -The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea to review and to Sharon for having my review on the blog.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Pate

    I really enjoyed this story. Poppy has gone through a breakup and is living in the attic portion of the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, baking wedding cakes for some of the brides that are coming through. That is until her one of her best friends who is getting married in late summer comes in and tells her that her wedding plans may be put of because the venue has lost their wedding planner. Between Cate and Immie they get Poppy to apply for the job; which by the way she does not want to do beca I really enjoyed this story. Poppy has gone through a breakup and is living in the attic portion of the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, baking wedding cakes for some of the brides that are coming through. That is until her one of her best friends who is getting married in late summer comes in and tells her that her wedding plans may be put of because the venue has lost their wedding planner. Between Cate and Immie they get Poppy to apply for the job; which by the way she does not want to do because all she knows is baking not wedding planning. But she goes anyway. She then discovers that the owner of the farm that holds these weddings is this very handsome by grumpy man who helped to pull her out of a muddy ditch after Cate's dogs drug her through it to get to his dog. Rafe hires her on the spot with out looking at her qualifications. The story is amazing though at times it was a little difficult for me to follow along with some of the wording because it was written with English slang and I am from the USA and don't know the meaning exacting of some of them and took the best shot I could. But even with that it is a great story. Poppy gets into so many fixes because the woman before left absolutely no notes. She grows so much in her confidence and self esteem; not only that but even Rafe who has struggled with personnel struggles and loses that not many know about comes out of his shell as well. The part of these two characters personalities, getting to know one another and their relationship is what makes this such a wonderful story and I am not going to spoil it telling all about. This is one that needs to be read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    B.R. Maycock

    One of the authors I regularly recommend for fantastically vivid, bright, fun books and conversely don’t read enough of is Jane Linfoot and this book reminded me exactly of that!! We begin with an encounter that had me smiling and settling in, praying that there was to be more like this (there was!). I’m always a fan of anything to do with weddings and was intrigued to hear of how weddings had changed from lavish princess affairs to more modern, eco friendly one, where brides wore long sleeved dr One of the authors I regularly recommend for fantastically vivid, bright, fun books and conversely don’t read enough of is Jane Linfoot and this book reminded me exactly of that!! We begin with an encounter that had me smiling and settling in, praying that there was to be more like this (there was!). I’m always a fan of anything to do with weddings and was intrigued to hear of how weddings had changed from lavish princess affairs to more modern, eco friendly one, where brides wore long sleeved dresses than gowns and I wished (oh how I wished!) that I had read the first few books in this series to see how this particular wedding business had operated and also whether the betrayal by a best friend at the beginning of the book (in so many ways-I was incandescent with rage on hearing she’d robbed a potential baby name!!!) had been ‘seen’ by readers previously. I beyond enjoyed every second of this book- the detail, the brightness, the warmth and general unputdowness that had me turning the pages to the final ‘ps!’ Very much recommended but definitely go back to the start of the series! Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour. Rating:4.5/5

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fuzzy Buzzy

    Reading this book was as hard as writing a review about it. I have no intention to put off the other people from having a go at it and experience it themselves as I believe that everyone's taste differs. Who knows, someone else might adore it. I disliked it. It has been recommended to me by one of my friends who liked it very much! The main reasons I didn't enjoy it: a) I couldn't build a connection with the characters. They were dull and shallow. I didn't care about them at all. Poppy wasn't a str Reading this book was as hard as writing a review about it. I have no intention to put off the other people from having a go at it and experience it themselves as I believe that everyone's taste differs. Who knows, someone else might adore it. I disliked it. It has been recommended to me by one of my friends who liked it very much! The main reasons I didn't enjoy it: a) I couldn't build a connection with the characters. They were dull and shallow. I didn't care about them at all. Poppy wasn't a strong, leading female character I wanted her to be. And b) it dragged too much, it could easily fit into 200 pages, I started to skip the paragraphs finding a story boring. Basically, it went rambling on and on, unnecessarily. I abandoned the book about three quarters of the way through it. I just couldn't make myself to finish it. 2 stars because it started promising and I didn't give up after a few first chapters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tea

    Cute Fairly typical chick-lit fare, here, but more enjoyable because the falling-in-love sort of made sense. Almost, anyway. Protagonist Poppy was, by far, less annoying than most recent-vintage heroines of the genre. But she also wasn't so perfect (nor horrendously imperfect) as to come off as completely unrealistic. Race was ... largely absent. Yet so deftly did Linfoot make his screentime count, I nearly gave her an extra star just for how well she built his character out of bit, bobs and tiny Cute Fairly typical chick-lit fare, here, but more enjoyable because the falling-in-love sort of made sense. Almost, anyway. Protagonist Poppy was, by far, less annoying than most recent-vintage heroines of the genre. But she also wasn't so perfect (nor horrendously imperfect) as to come off as completely unrealistic. Race was ... largely absent. Yet so deftly did Linfoot make his screentime count, I nearly gave her an extra star just for how well she built his character out of bit, bobs and tiny glimpses. If the other characters were mostly either cartoonish or cookie-cutter, well that could be down to readers being stuck in Poppy's head for the entire novel. Also, brides... . All in all, a super-solid four for the storytelling, a nearly firm three for the writing (plus another of those for the plot), and a very wobbly two for the subediting (I wanted to stomp all over the scores of misplaced and extraneous commas).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I started out not liking this book, not sure if I would finish. I wanted something light, but this was way too frivolous. I stopped reading for a while, read quite a few other books. I would pick this one up in between books, or read a few pages on my phone while waiting. Finally, I must have been in just the right mood because I finished one book, went to this one, and wound up finishing it. It's got a good group of friends, the wedding shop back story is a fun one (who doesn't like weddings?!) I started out not liking this book, not sure if I would finish. I wanted something light, but this was way too frivolous. I stopped reading for a while, read quite a few other books. I would pick this one up in between books, or read a few pages on my phone while waiting. Finally, I must have been in just the right mood because I finished one book, went to this one, and wound up finishing it. It's got a good group of friends, the wedding shop back story is a fun one (who doesn't like weddings?!) and the relationships did seem to get a little deeper in the second half of the book. Still things I can't get on board with (I hate him, I love him, I can't be in the same room with him, I can't stay away) but it was fine for a no brainer. This is the first book in a series. I got this one free from Kindle- if the others come up free, I would download, but I don't think I would purchase any more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Dagg

    Milla is our central character, and she’s an engaging, interesting person. Also hurting, as this St Valentine’s Day sees the arrival of the baby of her ex-boyfriend and her business partner, Phoebe. To rub salt in the wound, Phoebe has even pinched the name Milla had earmarked for her own use in the future. So Milla loses herself in her work, and comes into contact with Nic. He’s a fun character, who is upbeat and confident, if occasionally a little too full of himself. He’s a good foil for Milla Milla is our central character, and she’s an engaging, interesting person. Also hurting, as this St Valentine’s Day sees the arrival of the baby of her ex-boyfriend and her business partner, Phoebe. To rub salt in the wound, Phoebe has even pinched the name Milla had earmarked for her own use in the future. So Milla loses herself in her work, and comes into contact with Nic. He’s a fun character, who is upbeat and confident, if occasionally a little too full of himself. He’s a good foil for Milla, who lacks confidence at times. The story is entertaining and fresh, and the setting atmospheric and charming. Characters gel or spark to give us some interesting interactions, and they all develop. Action is steady with the right amount of tension here and there to keep us thoroughly hooked. All in all it’s a very enjoyable story, which you can read any time of year, not just around St Valentine’s Day.

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