The Waffle House on the Pier has been in Sea Salt Bay for what feels like forever and for Sadie it is a place she has grown up in and when the threat of it closing and being sold sees Sadie make some rather immediate life changing decisions.
Sadie feels that the Waffle House needs to be kept in the family and even though her grandfather has now sadly died, her grandmother can still help Sadie with keeping it going. The family have other ideas. But Sadie is determined.
However, Sadie is perhaps hiding from the truth, the truth that maybe her grandmother April is no longer capable of running the Waffle House nor perhaps even help there. And what does Sadie know about running a business? It seems everything and everyone is against her.
Being back in Sea Salt Bay means that Sadie is back with her friends Natalie and Georgia as well as in closer contact with her ex Declan. He has moved on, but has Sadie? When Luke bumps into her, perhaps she can finally see a different life in the town?
I was expecting one thing from this book, bringing a waffle house back from the brink, a common theme to be had amongst popular women’s fiction: cafes, pubs, shops all would fit the bill. I did not get that, this book very much focuses on family and how it copes dealing with death and the worry of those left behind and their strange behaviour. The waffle house became secondary and whatever was related to that part of the plot was rushed and glossed over.
Sadie’s family were strong and dominant throughout, in fact I could see why Sadie always felt pushed around by them, but I could not connect to her as much as some of the other secondary characters. We went from family gatherings and debates to arguments and back again. This left me feeling a bit disappointed by the book.
It is a good book to while away a few hours, but lacked the fun and humour that I was expecting which might have made it stand out from some of the other books I have read so far this year.
Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
The Waffle House on the Pier is published on 25 June.
I have found Tilly Tennant’s books a bit hit and miss, not as consistent as you get with some of the authors I read and I felt like this book was a chore to read. It should never be that. I knew I have felt like this before about her work and I think perhaps it is time for me to move on from this author for a while.