REVIEW: Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

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The back of the book says:

‘When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien’s ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside-down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but while it’s big on charm it’s critically low on customers. If the sisters don’t turn things around quickly, their grandmother’s legacy will disappear forever.

With summer looming, Imogen and Anna devise a plan to return Vivien’s to its former glory. Rather than sell up, they will train up, and make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map.

While Imogen watches the shop, her sister flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream-making course. But as she works shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best chefs in the industry, Anna finds that romance can bloom in the most unexpected of places…’

My opinion:

Let’s start with the cover – how cute is it?! Very scrummy indeed!

With both Imogen and Anna combining their individual talents they turn a previously flailing business into one that is the go to place in Brighton. Between trips to Italy to perfect the art of Gelato and falling in and out of love these two go through so really personal moments that would trigger most heart-strings.

The sisters bounce off each other throughout the story and the fact that they are such different personalities really intensifies not only their characters but the storyline itself. With predictability as one end of their very bouncy spectrum and absolute spontaneity at the other the twists and turns are just as tasty as the ice cream being made.

This book reminded me very much of Jenny Colgan’s Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe etc. The epitome of chick lit with a tad of drama and lust for all things sweet!

Now onto the location of the story – between Italy and Brighton. How much more perfect can you get. Not only do I love Italy but Brighton has some very happy memories for me. Just so you know this book isn’t all a bed of rose petals and delicious ice cream. There are some parts where things look like they are about to fall apart but at that point the sisters really put in their all and with their united front the good times do roll.

At the end of the book the selection of ice cream treats was just the cherry on top for me and Salted Caramel has made it into my recipe book for this summer!

This book was the right mixture of light-hearted, comical and romantic.

Rating

rating4*

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