Is there anything worse than working with a best friend who’s betrayed you? Well, yes. Definitely. But it certainly doesn’t feel that way at the time, which is why Milla, Jane Linfoot’s worn but charming heroine in Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, whisks herself back where she grew up in Cornwall. Is she running away? Maybe, but it’s a lot more complicated than that.
Which is really Linfoot’s forte: complication. She introduces Milla at her absolute lowest point. She’s hurt, betrayed by individuals she assumed she could most rely on. In the beginning, she’s frazzled, something justified by the knotty situation. These early sections mirror her frenetic energy, and there’s a question as to whether she can ever sort herself. Yet Linfoot knows exactly when to weave in enough humor that some some of Milla’s earliest encounters take on slapstick qualities, ultimately lightening what’s really a dark moment. It’s both an effective introduction to the world and sets up for the later, more tender moments to have a strong impact.
And there’s plenty of emotion. It is a romance, after all, and soon a support system—including a downright sweet group of pals—has her bouncing around in an attempt to find herself. These scenes in particular, as Milla becomes more embroiled in a new business opportunity, are a joy. The fact that it’s centered around a wedding shop while Milla is treating her own recent heartache? Well, Linfoot knows how to craft a plot and, even though long stretches feel like pure fun, it all ultimately serves to make Milla a better person.
Her biggest potential change? Well, after a misunderstanding and a bit of forced flirting, she finds herself in the constant presence of Nic, who’s totally charming and seemingly totally unavailable. Here’s where Linfoot gets to really show off, dragging the two of them into increasingly closer scenarios that force them to confront themselves and each other. It’s tense, it’s sweet, and it’s impossible not to want to see these two together by the final page.
Adorable. Heartfelt. Rich. At this point, pick an adjective. Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea is about as much fun as you can have in 300 pages.
Title: Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea
Series: The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea #5
Author: Jane Linfoot
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication Date: August 20, 2020
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Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.