Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli

Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli

by Portia MacIntosh

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ISBN-13: 9780008297718
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/18/2018
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 306,180
File size: 951 KB

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Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I have one in-between the two. Sorry. Welp there go my chances. Your turn. Truth
Valerian70 11 months ago
Maybe it was because I was on holiday when I read this but I really enjoyed this tale of a mis-placed Southerner trying to make a new life for herself in a small Northern Village for her and her son. You do have to suspend disbelief that a large deli chain would open a branch in a small seaside community like this one but seeing as they seem to be the hippy alternative to Whole Foods why not? I loved the frosty reception from the majority of the locals, none of them want the new Deli and many fear it will affect their livelihoods so you can understand it. There is also the undercurrent of simply not liking strangers moving in to disrupt their community. Only Alfie, Clara and her husband are welcoming and they make a great contrast to the behaviour of everyone else - particularly the mums at the schoolgate. Whilst not something I have ever experienced having never moved far from my home town it does have a ring of authenticity to it. There are all the expected trials, tribulations and false romantic starts that are beloved of the genre. However, the turning up of Frankie's dad (who is a real waste of skin) threw a rather fresh spanner in to the works and delivered some moments of genuine humour. Lily's parenting style is rather unrealistic though - she never seems to lose her temper with Frankie and talks everything through with him instead - whilst we would all love to be this perfect it just doesn't happen as situations overtake us. Thoroughly enjoyable and I did find myself struggling to put it down.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Lily Holmes is given the opportunity to move out of London with her son Frankie and into the Yorkshire countryside when the company she works for expands their business and need someone to run their new store. The pair moves into Apple Blossom Cottage, which looks gorgeous from the outside, but dated and small on the inside. Things don’t improve with the local school either when all the kids take a dislike to Frankie as the new place his mum has come to run is a deli, and the locals don’t want a high-street chain opening up in their village. They also believe the deli will take effect the local businesses. Lily has her work cut out, not only trying to make a success of the deli, but convincing the locals that the store won’t hit their businesses. She does find an ally in local farmer, Alfie, who has been on the receiving end of the locals not welcoming him with open arms. Can Lily cope with the animosity, or will she pack up her car and head back home to London? Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli is a delicious, summery read. Single parent Lily has only one thing on her mind when she is offered the job in Yorkshire, to get her son out of London and into clean, fresh air and a better life. She didn’t expect the locals to of taken such a dislike to the deli, which in turn makes them take an instant dislike to her and her son too. With everything going wrong she invites her mum, Viv, to stay for a while to help her. What she didn’t expect was her to turn up with an unwelcome guest, one that makes her life go from bad to worse. I love how the story follows Lily’s life, but more than one part of it, mixing old problems and new ones together. The book flowed at an easy-going pace and was an effortless read. The characters were all a delight to get to know and the setting was just perfect. This is a heart-warming, uplifting book that had me captivated from the first chapter and had me eager to keep on reading. I can honestly say I completely adored this book, hopefully, you will too.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Comical, uplifting, and delightfully sweet! Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli is a charming, summery read that takes us to Marram Bay and into the life of Lily Holmes as she meanders through all sorts of highs and lows, from single motherhood, moving to a new town, disgruntled locals, opening a new restaurant, an unexpected visit from her ex, and a blossoming new romance. The prose is well turned and light. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are amusing, quirky, authentic, and cordial. And the plot is a fun, flirty, beguiling tale full of tricky situations, tender moments, humorous mishaps, self-discovery, friendship, family, community, happiness, romance, and scrumptious food. Overall, Summer Secrets at the Apple Blossom Deli is another entertaining, refreshing, enjoyable treat by MacIntosh that reminds us that life is truly an adventure!