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.
This book had me just from the title. Who doesn’t love ice cream? I certainly do and was literally drooling at the most wonderful flavours that Ella was making.
Not only does Ella find herself out of a job, her ex also wants the house sold so he can get his share from the sale. I found myself getting attached to Ella right from the start as I had every sympathy for her. A forty plus year old woman, who not only has that to contend with she also has to cope with her mother as well as her children swanning off abroad for the summer holidays making her feel very much a spare part.
As soon as Ella finds herself in the wonderful idyllic Appledore, the story got even more better for me. The author manages to always take her readers off somewhere so picturesque that not only do we fall in love with the characters but the setting also.
The story is just wonderful. The author takes the classic romance and chick lit genres and wraps them up together, turning it into a wonderfully modern and empowered read. She takes me through the nicest of emotions that I never want to reach the end of the book.
Ella’s Ice Cream Summer is the sweetest of reads. It’s like that wonderful whippy ice cream you can get with lots of extra special toppings like chocolate, nuts and sprinkles. Great characterisation brings the whole story to life. Ella’s story absorbed me, heart and soul and I savoured every single word.
My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and biased in anyway.
Goodreads ratings 5/5 stars.
Ella’s Ice Cream Summer is available to purchase from Amazon.