Saturday, 20 July 2013
Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements
When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien's ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside-down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but while it's big on charm it's critically low on customers. If the sisters don't turn things around quickly, their grandmother's legacy will disappear forever. With summer looming, Imogen and Anna devise a plan to return Vivien's to its former glory. Rather than sell up, they will train up, and make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map. While Imogen watches the shop, her sister flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream-making course. But as she works shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best chefs in the industry, Anna finds that romance can bloom in the most unexpected of places...
I love these type of books where family members inherit a family business in which they have no previous interest or experience and are given the oppurtunity to take over the business and often have to learn new skills or have to move to a new area to be able to take the business to new heights.
This is such a book, where sisters Imogen and Anna inherit an ice cream parlour from their grandmother. The resulting story is a great read, full of potential romance, hard work and the attempts to engage local communities to work together for the good of the area.
The book is the story of their journey in taking over the parlour - they are faced with problems with their neighbours and realise that they have no idea on how to make the famous ice cream that their grandmother was known for but Anna flies off to learn how to make ice cream which left me wanting to try all these beautiful sounding ice creams, sorbets etc. There are a number of recipes in the back of the book to try which all sound delicious.
i enjoyed the author's debut novel, Meet me under the mistletoe which is another fantastic read, a Christmas story, which gets the reader in the Christmas mood. This is another great read and I am sure Abby Clements is going to be one of those authors that you can confidently pick up her latest release and know it will be a guaranteed good read. Looking forward to her next release already.
This is a great summer read, which is easy to pick and will have you enthralled until it is time for another ice cream!
Thank you to the publishers, Quercus Books, for sending me the book to review.