The story of Sadie and the love of her family in The Waffle House on the Pier was sweet just like the waffles Sadie’s Gammy made. I really enjoyed reading this story as there was depth and the complications of the heart woven within the thread of the story that were realistic and relatable.
As Sadie came to the realization that teaching wasn’t for her and that she gave up a lot; including a loving boyfriend, Declan, for a career that she sadly realized was not going to work out, I felt bad for her. I, too, have also felt lost at some point in my life where I needed to start over career-wise. And I did!
However, Sadie is complex. She was thoughtful in that she wanted to keep the waffle house going for her Gammy who clearly did not want it to be closed after the death of her grandfather who ran the business with Gammy. On the other hand, she was selfish when it was very apparent that her Gammy was losing her memory and train of thought that could have posed as a danger to herself and others. It was quite frustrating to read about Sadie’s stubbornness and sticking her head in the sand when she did not want to see what was right in front of her. It had to take Gammy locking Sadie in the waffle house and leaving with the key for Sadie to finally realize that running the waffle house with Gammy was also another thing that was not going to work out her. Sadie was also a victim of not knowing what she had until it was too late:
She’d been fickle, silly and headstrong; she hadn’t realized what she’d had until she’d driving it away. And all because she’d been searching for something more, something she hadn’t really needed in the end, something she though was beyond border of the town.
If you got some time, this is a great beach read. The story took some time to develop and introduce Sadie’s love interest, Luke nearly 50 per cent through the story, but after that it seemed to pick up and become a lot more interesting.
I loved how Luke also had some deepness to him and even though he and Sadie’s relationship was put into high-drive and quickly got serious, it was written in a way that did not detract from the story.
Overall, this was a cozy beach read that was about true-life issues, finding oneself and being open to new opportunities and love.
Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Run away to Sea Salt Bay, where the sand is warm and soft, the sea is a perfect blue, and a candy-coloured waffle house is about to change Sadie’s life… For as long as she can remember, Sadie’s grandparents have run the waffle house on the pier at Sea Salt Bay. With its pretty painted chairs, sweet smells, and the warm advice of her beloved grandparents, the waffle house is like a second home But when Sadie’s grandfather dies, leaving her grandmother without an anchor, Sadie must make a difficult decision. She quits her job and moves back home, determined to keep things going. The trouble is, she knows nothing about running a business, and learning at a million miles an hour with a shop full of hungry people isn’t easy. When she nearly burns the waffle house down, she has to admit she needs to get some help. Her ex-boyfriend Declan promises to be there for her but Sadie worries that getting too close is a mistake – especially as he has a new girlfriend now. And anyway she’s just met newcomer Luke, with his gorgeous suntan and mellow voice… Sadie’s family have always loved Declan and they’re not too sure about Luke, leaving Sadie unsure which way to turn. A terrible accident at sea forces her to look into her heart, but what if it’s already too late to tell the right man that she loves him? If you love stolen kisses under the pier, walking along spray-capped shores eating ice cream, and books by Lucy Diamond, Jill Mansell and Jenny Colgan, you will fall in love with this romantic, heart-breaking read.
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them. Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.
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