Title: Summer at the Little Wedding Shop: Bunting and Bouquets
Series: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea #3
Author: Jane Linfoot
Genre/Themes: Light Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Blurb from Goodreads
When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?
Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!
Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?
Summer at the Little Wedding Shop: Bunting and Bouquets is the third book in The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea series by author Jane Linfoot.
Each book in the series works as a standalone meaning there is no requirement for the reader to have read either book one or book two in order to follow this series.
I have previously read book one, The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea: Cupcakes and Confetti, and am waiting until the Christmas period to read book two, Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop: Sequins and Snowflakes, which is sitting unread on my kindle.
I don’t exactly know how to review this book, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop: Bunting and Bouquets.
- Do I review it as a standalone?
- Or do I review it with the prior knowledge I have from book one?
Because my first problem is this, the storyline is almost exactly like that of book one!!
Even down to a scene where the *warring* couple have to fake being a couple for a wedding photo shoot!!
So as I was reading there was no sense of freshness to the storyline. No spark of originality to keep me fully invested as a reader. I could repeat whole segments of my blog review of book one and it would still be relevant for this book….
For example the female lead is getting over a break up and needs a new job and ends up living in the same cute flat. She makes a career move involving setting up a new wedding venue almost identical to that of book one.
Okay I know weddings are the recurring theme of these books but setting up new venues from scratch both times???? Ehhhh please give me something a little different! The wedding stylist and consultant angle was simply not strong enough.
And of course there is another love triangle with shades of the first book… One that again tries to paint one guy as being perfect at the beginning but then *shock horror* he isn’t. And the initial cad is a perfect knight in shining armour….. *yawn*
But this then leads me to the second problem:
Summer at the Little Wedding Shop: Bunting and Bouquets is a much better executed story than book one: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea: Cupcakes and Confetti!
It doesn’t feel as long winded. The editing is much improved; that was a distinct flaw with book one in my opinion. And the story is not quite as preposterous…although it has its moments! In addition the characters in general just feel a little better crafted. It’s all a little more likeable.
Therefore, I definitely think that anyone looking for a lighter than air summery light fiction would enjoy this story very much as it is eminently suitable for just forgetting your own real life for a while.
However, if originality is what you are after then sadly it’s a no from me.
A mixed bag