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The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke


Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley.

Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.

Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend... But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.

With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?


This isn't the first Karen Clarke book I've read, and it won't be the last. This one was blooming marvellous (see what I did there??). I loved every minute of it. Initially, I thought Megan was a bit of a cliche, but I had a think, and realised I've known women like her - women who'd quite happily stab you in the back to get what they want.

It was lovely to visit Shipley again and meet some of the characters featured in the sweet shop, but this is very much a stand-alone novel and it works brilliantly. Carrie gets herself into some hysterical scrapes and I was totally engaged from start to finish.

Hurry up with the next one, Ms Clarke!

About the Author

Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels.

Karen has written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she's not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women's magazines and has had over three hundred published in the UK and abroad. Some of them can be read in her short story collection 'BEHIND CLOSED DOORS...and other Tales with a Twist'

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children and writes a blog at You can also follow her on Facebook at

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