BOOK REVIEW: THE WAFFLE HOUSE ON THE PIER BY TILLY TENNANT

*Thank you to Netgalley, Tilly Tennant and Bookouture for my copy of this book*

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?

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I was really excited to return to Sea Salt Bay, after being introduced to the Seaside Town in Hattie’s Home For Broken Hearts. The book cover had me hooked immediately – it is one of the most stunning cover’s I have ever seen! It really displayed how much of romantic feel-good story this was going to be.

I really admired Sadie’s passion for doing everything possible to keep the Waffle House open, despite her family having quite the opposite opinions on the matter. I understand that Sadie’s intentions were not all possible and if they were, still not enough, however I felt myself growing very stressed with the lack of support she was receiving and wanted to jump in to the book immediately to be her cheerleader and a helping hand! A lot of devastation and drama happens throughout this book, bringing many people together and handsome newcomer, Luke, made Sadie’s failing life brighten up, eager to get to know the pretty girl he had landed in hospital. Luke was such a generous, kind-hearted man, who really didn’t know how wonderful he was and that all came down from having a heart-breaking past himself. His new start in Sea Salt Bay and meeting Sadie, was the beginning towards healing a broken past – now all he needed to do was win over her family and ask for their forgiveness.

I really enjoyed this book, as I do with all of Tilly’s books. She paints a gorgeous picture of the place’s she writes about and was a nice quick read to keep me occupied during these strangest of times. The characters surrounding Sadie as well were all delights to read about, in their own ways and I really loved that the community had a strong connection – even if that did mean people’s businesses were spread far too quick, but at least when that was the case, people were still there within seconds to provide comfort and support. The only critique I would have, is that I wish we had the chance to see more of the Waffle House in it’s prime time. I wanted to see it alive and full of customers, I wanted to know more about the delicious dishes Sadie’s Gammy and Gampy used to serve, therefore I have my fingers crossed that if we are to visit Sea Salt Bay again, Tilly will give us a little rundown on how much the Waffle House is blossoming now Sadie and her family managed to work it all out!

Shelby x

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