Monday, February 9, 2015
Book Review: The Boardwalk Antiques Shop
I really loved the first book these three ladies did called The Fortune Cafe, and this new one, The Boardwalk Antiques Shop, is just as awesome and has some tie-ins to it that made me smile. (You can read my review of The Fortune Cafe here)
The way the books are written is that there are three separate novella that each tell a story revolving around something on Tangerine Street. The first book was the cafe, obviously, and the second is an antiques shop.
In The Boardwalk Antiques Shop, the first story is about Jennifer, who has inherited the antiques shop on Tangerine Street, but she wants to sell it. Maybe. Her real estate agent, Paul Studly, is drawn to her and her dilemma of what she should do with the property now that she's starting to question her decision to let it go. And it would be a plus for Paul if the very attractive and intriguing Jennifer stuck around. I really liked the interaction between these two and how Jennifer saw a different perspective not only about her own life, but her aunt's as well. It was a light, fun read.
The second story is about Abbie and Holden, two very opposite people. Abbie sees an antique toy soldier set in the antique store window and goes in to buy it, but Holden also sees the set and offers triple the asking price. Their reactions to each other are surprising and witty and fun and I had to keep reading to find out how this story would end up! Can Holden win her over? Will Abbie give him a chance when her past experience with men have been so terrible? One of my favorite stories for sure.
The third story is about Cate who is in Europe when her beloved grandmother passes away. The only thing she wants is an antique sewing machine that her grandmother promised her, but by the time she gets back in the States, her cousin has sold the sewing machine to an antiques dealer. Henry bought the sewing machine for a special reason and he doesn't want to give it up, no matter what Cate says. But the more they get to know each other, the more the sparks fly, but who will end up with sewing machine?
I love that there is a central theme of the antique shop and Tangerine Street. I could imagine all the places on this street and the setting was really done well. The characters were great, the romances clean and fun, and the stories engaging. You know it's good when you wish it had been a full-length novel to see more!
You can get your Kindle copy here for $4.99
Here's the back copy:
Boardwalk Antiques Shop
A Tangerine Street Romance
(a novel in three parts)
Welcome to Tangerine Street
Tangerine Street is a must-see tourist stop with a colorful mix of one-of-a-kind boutiques, unique restaurants, eclectic museums, quaint bookstores, and renowned bed-and-breakfasts. The Boardwalk Antiques Shop is an exclusive shop where every antique has a story, and each story possesses the gift to match true love. The customer who buys an antique also buys its story and soon discovers that its story unites the past with the present, creating an unexpected romantic future…
“Where Every Antique has a Story”
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: Jennifer is newest owner of The Boardwalk Antiques Shop, inherited from her aunt. When Jennifer arrives in Seashell Beach, her first priority is to meet with a realtor to sell the place. She laughs out loud when she discovers the realtor’s name is Mr. Studly. But the more Jennifer gets to know Paul Studly, the more she finds reasons to stay and run the antiques shop herself.
SOLVING FOR X: Abbie is only a little bit obsessed with antiques, okay, a lot. So when Holden, an out-of-town business executive, tries to purchase the tin soldiers that Abbie’s had her eye on, Abbie refuses to back down. The antiques shop owner issues a challenge: whoever comes up with the best story for wanting the soldiers, will become the new owner. Abbie isn’t about to let some fancy executive beat her out, no matter how charming he is.
A STITCH IN TIME: When Cate learns that antiques dealer Henry Lancaster has purchased the sewing machine left to her by her grandmother, Cate is determined to get it back. What she isn’t counting on is that Henry has just as much claim as Cate. And it doesn’t help that Henry is good-looking and apparently single. Getting to know Henry becomes an unexpected surprise, sending her life into a sudden detour.