Sadie feels uninspired with her small town life and is training to be a teacher however she thinks that won’t suit her either. But then a family tragedy makes her re-evaluate her priorities and she leaves her course in order to run the waffle house with her grandmother. But April’s health is in decline so who can Sadie turn to for help: Decllan her ex boyfriend or Luke her current beau?
There is romance and drama but also emotion and grief in The Waffle House on the Pier. It is still a light hearted read but does tackle tough subjects in a gentle way.
I was a little frustrated with Sadie and her vacillating approach to life. I felt that the teacher training experience was a little unrealistic based on my own work in schools. Her love life and family circumstances were enjoyable to read about and countered the sadder elements of the plot.
The love triangle with Declan and Luke was intriguing. Sadie isn’t completely over her relationship with Declan but isn’t sure if she loves him like a best friend or brother rather than a lover. She loves him rather than being in love with him and is getting in the way of his new relationship, with her friends egging her on to rekindle the romance.
Meanwhile, her relationship with Luke gets off to a bad start when he accidentally injures her, earning the animosity of her family. He arrives in her life at both the wrong and right time: he wants to help her with her plans for the waffle house but they have been together too short a time for it to be a realistic option. But he is able to support her in her choices even though they striggle to find time together due to her new commitments.
The ending was a little abrupt and I was left wanting to know more about the solution the family settles on in the last pages. However, it was also a sign that I enjoyed the book that I wanted more!
This is an engaging and entertaining book and put me in the mood for summer love and a beach holiday. Oh, and waffles!
I have previously reviewed The Garden on Sparrow Street and The Break Up by Tilly Tennant.
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Author: Tilly Tennant
Book: The Waffle House on the Pier
Publication Day: June 25th 2020
Run away to Sea Salt Bay, where the sand is warm and soft, the sea is a perfect blue, and a candy-coloured waffle house is about to change Sadie’s life…
For as long as she can remember, Sadie’s grandparents have run the waffle house on the pier at Sea Salt Bay. With its pretty painted chairs, sweet smells, and the warm advice of her beloved grandparents, the waffle house is like a second home
But when Sadie’s grandfather dies, leaving her grandmother without an anchor, Sadie must make a difficult decision. She quits her job and moves back home, determined to keep things going. The trouble is, she knows nothing about running a business, and learning at a million miles an hour with a shop full of hungry people isn’t easy. When she nearly burns the waffle house down, she has to admit she needs to get some help.
Her ex-boyfriend Declan promises to be there for her but Sadie worries that getting too close is a mistake – especially as he has a new girlfriend now. And anyway she’s just met newcomer Luke, with his gorgeous suntan and mellow voice…
Sadie’s family have always loved Declan and they’re not too sure about Luke, leaving Sadie unsure which way to turn. A terrible accident at sea forces her to look into her heart, but what if it’s already too late to tell the right man that she loves him?
If you love stolen kisses under the pier, walking along spray-capped shores eating ice cream, and books by Lucy Diamond, Jill Mansell and Jenny Colgan, you will fall in love with this romantic, heart-breaking read.
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.
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