Ella's Ice Cream Summer by Sue Watson
Ella’s life just hit rock-bottom, but can a summer by the sea mend her broken heart? When life gives you lemons… make ice-cream!
Life hasn’t always been easy for single mum Ella, but she has just hit an all-time low; she’s jobless, loveless, very nearly homeless and, to make matters worse, now the owner of a pocket-sized pooch with a better wardrobe than her.
Packing her bags (and a bigger one for the dog), Ella sets off for the seaside town of Appledore in Devon to re-live the magical summers of her youth and claim her portion of the family ice-cream business: a clapped-out ice-cream van and a complicated mess of secrets.
There she meets gorgeous and free-spirited solicitor, Ben, who sees things differently: with a little bit of TLC he has a plan to get the van – and Ella – back up and running in no time.
What is the mystery?!?! I kept thinking I might know, then I wasn't sure, the I thought I knew again - well done to Ms Watson for keeping it going!
In fact, the author worked her magic yet again with this latest offering, and I settled down to enjoy another darned good read from her. Simply delightful - yummy ice cream, hunky guy, total change of lifestyle - all made for a great chick lit. Throw in a slightly odd mother and a mystery going back decades and you've got yourself a perfect beach read.
Some things really struck a chord with me too:
"I felt like I was giving to everyone all the time and getting nothing back." I wonder how many women can relate to that!
"I felt like a cat whose kitten had been returned smelling different and couldn’t rest until it was washed off." - About her daughter who had returned from a few months abroad. This little sentence encapsulated exactly how I felt when my daughter went to University and came back ever so slightly altered in subtle ways...
About the Author
Sue Watson was a journalist then a TV Producer at the BBC until she realised that instead of working, she could make stuff up, write it down and sell it! Sue's now written ten books, and some have even been translated into Italian and Portuguese (she's big in Brazil!) Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where she spends her days baking (and eating) lots of cake, while making big life decisions about whether to have Caramel Chew Chew or Peanut Butter ice cream while watching 'The Biggest Loser USA,' on TV. For more info visit Sue's website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/ Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter