Katie is desperate to leave her stressful job, so she doesn’t think too hard about moving to Devon to run a B&B, even if it means uprooting her family. She is certain that she and Jason have a strong and loving relationship which can weather any storm.
Hooked by the beauty of Torringham with its quaint harbour and stunning coastline, they purchase Flotsam Guesthouse which needs more than a lick of paint to keep it afloat. Soon, Katie finds that renovating and running a guesthouse is taking its toll, especially when dealing with challenging guests and madcap neighbours, Shona and Kim. Katie comes to learn that trouble is afoot whenever Shona begs a favour.
However, when her adored daughter moves back to their old hometown, she wonders if they’ve made a huge mistake, especially when cracks begin to show in her marriage.
Her seaside idyll is crumbling along with her relationship. Should she let Flotsam Guesthouse founder while she salvages her marriage? Katie needs to decide where her priorities lie. The only issue is, she doesn’t know.
Review by Fany Van Hemelen:
What an hilarious and warm-hearted story about a couple, who is going to run a guesthouse in Devon. The writer of this books owns a guesthouse and even this narration is fiction, I do think it’s not so easy as it looks to run this in real life. In the book are plenty off guests with special wishes and ordinary events told in a funny and kind way.
When Emily the daughter goes back to their first home, a new life is starting for the lovely owners Katie and Jack. Katie has to get settled with the past and has to trust and let things go. Jason and Katie left their busy jobs to have quality time together, but if this will be true…?
You have to read this book and discover yourself what actually happens at their new start.
By this novel I had an entertaining time and a glimpse of how adventurous running a B&B can be. How romantical you may think this is, at such a lovely place, don’t forget the pressure on your family and you. The book is well-written and has a witty story with wonderful characters. This book is a must read if you want to escape reality and just have a nice time with a good tale!
While ‘Bedlam & Breakfast at a Devon Seaside Guesthouse’ is fictional, I am a guesthouse owner. Thankfully, we have been blessed with lots of amazing and kind-hearted guests, who are nothing like some of the characters featured in this novel and the subsequent books in the series. I would be a lot greyer if they were.
Likewise, Jason is quite different to my husband, who I sometimes nickname Victor Meldrew. He is lovely though and has a fab sense of humour, although some of his dryness has rubbed off on Jason.
Bedlam & Breakfast is set in South Devon, in the fictional town of Torringham, which is loosely based on Brixham. If you’ve been to Brixham you may recognise some of the local features, including the seals, fishing industry and the fantastic lifeboat crew, but the businesses, people and a number of settings are fictionalised.
The same applies to the B&B owners featured. Many guesthouse owners undertake work when they move into a property and our current B&B was not an exception. While, thankfully, our previous owners were nothing like Jim and Maureen, this also means we don’t get to live next door to the fabulous Shona and Kim. But we do have many lovely B&B friends. B&Bers are a wonderful and hardworking bunch, although the ones we know have a perchant for parties in the low season. That’s why I had to end Bedlam & Breakfast at a party.
Titel: Bedlam and breakfast at a Devon Seaside Guesthouse | Leesfragment | Auteur: Sharley Scott | Uitgeverij: | Categorie: |Feelgood-romans| Uitvoering: Paperback of E-book | pagina’s | ISBN13: | Verkrijgbaar sinds:|Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 30-3-2019 | Prijs vanaf: €1,15 | Bestellen