Published: 18th August 2015 (HQ Digital)
One summer they’ll never forget…
Meet Sabine, desperately fighting to save her little kiosk from closure whilst turning down her friend Owen’s proposals, time and time again.
Cue Harriet, returning to Dartmouth after thirty years, haunted by the scandal that drove her away and shocked by a legacy that threatens her relationship with her journalist daughter.
Enter Rachel, the mysterious newcomer who has an unexpected chemistry with a local widower, and who sets in motion a chain of events she could never have predicted…
One thing’s for sure, as the autumn tide turns, there’ll be more than one secret laid bare!
The Little Kiosk by the Sea is the perfect summer read – be prepared to be whisked away to Dartmouth and be immersed in the sleepy seaside town culture.
The book opens with the routine that the residents are used to with regards to the little kiosk opening its shutters, signifying the start of the season….however this year the kiosk doesn’t open on the 1st March as it usually does. Thankfully, it does open just before Easter but its future is in jeopardy and this may be its last year if the local council get their way.
We are introduced to a number of characters, some whose relationships are recognisable from the start, some who have returned in search of something and others that are still running away from the past.
Sabine is working in the kiosk, a job that she adores and she is terrified that the kiosk will be removed in favour of a non-descript building selling tickets to local boat tours. Sabine is a single mother, widowed and whilst she has moved on physically from the house she shared with her late husband, she has not moved on emotionally – as much as local man and good friend, Owen would love to step into that breach and become Sabine’s future.
Johnnie is Sabine’s twin brother who has recently been widowed and is struggling to contemplate a future alone. Johnnie cannot bear to sell the home he shared with his late wife but conversely cannot bear to stay in it alone so prefers to stay on his boat.
There are a host of other characters giving different dimensions to this seaside town but I’ll leave it to the reader discover them as they come up in the story! The Little Kiosk by the Sea is told from personal perspectives but there are lots of perspectives as the chapters alternate between the points of view of all the main characters. To start with I did get a bit overwhelmed with the number of characters being introduced and their back stories but once I got into the book; I loved hearing from them all – I do enjoy a book with multiple perspectives.
All the individual stories are woven together to tell a lovely story of families and friendships. It is a wonderful read that pulls you in from the start to the point that you lose all concept of time as it just begs to be read in one sitting to find out how things are going to pan out…..and will the kiosk open again or is this its final season!
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I’m English but I’ve lived in France for the past 17 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard my husband was a guardian for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture shock to say the least! When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch – lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours. The Little Kiosk By The Sea is set in my absolute favourite place in England, Dartmouth South Devon, where we lived for several years before moving to France.