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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ice Creams at Carringtons by Alexandra Brown

Ice Creams at Carrington's

The third book in the delightful series set in Carrington's Department Store. Georgie Hart and Carrington's Department Store have got the world at their feet. Since a reality TV series put them both on the map, life has been amazing! Carrington's profits are in the pink, Georgie has carved herself a place in the nation's heart and her romance with Tom, the store's boss, has finally blossomed. Now summertime has come to Mulberry-on -Sea and Georgie is in great demand. The town is holding a big summer festival and she and her mates from Carrington's are planning on making sure that Mulberry puts on the show of its life! But Georgie is about to get the offer of a lifetime - one that is just too good to turn down and something that will test her loyalties to their limits...Will Georgie be able to pull off it off once again, or has her luck finally run out?

I would love to live in Mulberry-on-sea, it sounds like a fun town to live in and with Carrington's Department Store at its heart, a real traditional town. Carrington's has lots of history but is also very much a part of modern day life due to a reality show series being filmed there in the last book. 

Georgie Hart used to be on the designer bags section but following an appearance in the reality series, she has now become a personal shopper and her department has gone from strength to strength, as has her personal life as she is in a relationship with Carrington's owner. Her best friend is Sam, who owns the cake shop within Carrington's, and a mother of twin girls.

This is the third book in Alexandra Brown's series about the seaside department store and this one is based more on the community outside of the store. A festival is taking place in Mulberry-on-sea and Georgie wants to make sure that Carrington's is well represented there - not only does she want to prove to her partner that she can do this, but also his mum who has dropped anchor in the town for the festival. 

The festival sounds like an event I would of loved to have visited - lots of fun for young and old and a celebration of Mulberry-On-Sea and its history. however, as is often the case, behind the scenes of the festival there are disagreements, arguments and cat fights - however these disputes end up affecting the festival, is it really Georgie's future mother in law who is to blame??

I really enjoyed leaving Mulberry-On-Sea and following Georgie on her travels and also on finding out more about other characters within the book. Alexandra Brown has tackled issues in this book and I think it adds depth to the book. 

I think this book should be the book for the summer - slip it into holiday luggage or take it in the garden to while away the afternoon.

I am already looking forward to the next installment of life at Carringtons, although I have seen that Alexandra Brown is writing a  three-book series , all set in the fictional picture-postcard village of Tindledale, with the first one entitled The Great Christmas Knit Off, which I also look forward to reading soon.

Thank you to the publishers, Harper, for sending me the book to review.

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