What better way to while away a few days in Clifton on Sea, a seaside town on the northwest coast of Britain. Where there is everything you want from such a place.
A pier, with the candy floss stands, and the arcade machines where you spend hours watching two pence pieces move in a machine. where getting a cuddly toy out the machine is more than luck than judgement
A fish and chip shop, where you can take the delicious food next door to the pub and enjoy a pint as you devour the salty chips.
The ice cream van which specialises in different flavours and a unique host.
The little shops where you can get something unique to remind you of your visit.
A beach, cliffs, coves and breathtaking views of the sea and the landscape.
Of course what better place to stay than at the Bed and Breakfast run by Mae. Helping to make ends meets, she has opened up two of her rooms to guests. She is pretty much booked out until the autumn until she suddenly has two cancellations.
It just so happens, that Melody is looking for some where to stay as she completes a photographic project which is very personal to her, otherwise she is just going to move on.
Willow has nowhere to stay, her house she is renovating is no longer safe for her to stay in and her husband is away and not offering much support.
Both Melody and Willow find themselves staying with Mae and a friendship forms between these women.
Mae suddenly realises that being single is perhaps not the answer for the rest of her life and she perhaps should listen to all the advice that is being given to her.
Willow is struggling to find contentment in what she has got and stop dreaming about what could be. She feels alone with no support.
Melody is running away from her past and when she befriends a local innocently, she can see that perhaps life does go on and there is a future.
As the book shifts between the three main female characters you begin to care about them, you want only the best for them and of course this is a reflection on the writing. I felt I was privileged to be allowed a snapshot into their lives.
An engaging summer read and to be honest would be an engaging read whatever the season or the weather!
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
The Bed and Breakfast by the Sea is out now.