Book Review: An Invitation To Seashell Bay

To grow her craft business, Nancy is in desperate need of two things: help and money. So when a potential investor she’s looking to impress recommends an assistant, she jumps at the chance to secure both.

Freddy Astley-Davenport is a notorious playboy with zero work experience. He’s poised to inherit his family’s estate in sunny Seashell Bay – but only if he can hold down a job for six months first. His plan is to take the assistant role in name only, then do the least work he possibly can.

Nancy has other ideas, though, and the pair butt heads from day one. However, as they argue, sparks begin to fly, and they soon discover exactly why opposites attract…

My review


The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that I often give a book 5 stars. Is this because I’m uncritical? No, it’s because if I haven’t enjoyed a book and can’t recommend it, I won’t feature it on my blog. Since becoming an author myself, I know how much reading a bad review hurts, so I no longer review books I haven’t enjoyed.

Anyway, this was the first book I’d read by Bella Osborne and it’s certainly made me want to seek out more. It’s full of mishaps and misunderstandings. If you’re looking for something light, easy and entertaining for the beach this summer, this definitely hits the spot.

I liked the main romance between Freddy and Nancy, but also enjoyed the subplot with Alice the teaching assistant, who is Nancy’s housemate. People often say that romance books are predictable and yes, they are. It’s pretty clear from the word go that Nancy and Freddy are destined for each other, but that isn’t the point. The point isn’t whether or not they’ll get together, but how they get together, and in this book, their journey towards each other is anything but predictable.

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About the Author

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written nine best-selling romantic comedies, two best-selling bookclub reads and won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She lives in Warwickshire, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

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