The Cosy Canal Boat Dream: A funny, feel-good romantic comedy you won't be able to put down!

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream: A funny, feel-good romantic comedy you won't be able to put down!

by Christie Barlow

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ISBN-13: 9780008240899
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 273,422
File size: 901 KB

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The Cosy Canal Boat Dream: A funny, feel-good romantic comedy you won't be able to put down! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Nell Andrews had it all: great husband who happened to be the love of her life, a best friend in Bea, a supportive Mum and a lovely canal boat, lovingly decorated, always cosy and in the middle of the little marina community, But her husband is gone after a tragic accident, and now two years on, Nell is still searching for something to fil the Ollie-sized hole in her heart and life. Being run down by the large red setter wasn’t in her game plan at all, let alone the man being walked by the dog, here to help out his brother. Irish accent, sparkling eyes and a ready smile. Guy Cornish is here to help out his brother Ed at the marina, while Ed recovers from an operation. He’s brought along Sam, a setter ful of the goofy good-natured bonhomie that the breed is known for, and a penchant for checking out a new arrival in the harbor – another canal boat moored at the outer edges. Taking a break from his office job, Guy is reconnecting with his brother and his love of being outdoors, building and using his hands, following in the footsteps of his grandfather. When you add in Bea, Nell’s best friend and supporter to the mix, one who knows Nell so well and is anxious to see her friend move forward toward happiness in her life. The café may help to keep both Bea and Nell busy, and the constant flow of locals and tourists have made it the centerpiece of the little community, but Nell and her husband always dreamt of a space that would bring all of the community together – and it’s for sale. When you add in Nell’s decision to buy the old property, her mother’s strange behavior as she hides away secrets from Nell, the budding relationship that explodes in spectacular fashion between Nell and Guy, a reconciliation for Bea and her sister after a great loss, and the nomination of Bea’s café as one of the Best in Britain, the characters, charm and elements combine to provide a wonderful read. This is a story that tugs at heartstrings and brings so many emotions, and instantly you are drawn into the story and the marina: cheering, caring and even shedding more than a few tears as the story unfolds. A wonderful introduction to this author, and I can’t wait for more. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review. All conclusions are my own responsibility.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
Take a look at this striking cover … the sheer brightness and charm sums up The Cosy Canal Boat Dream perfectly. From the very first page I was transported to the Little Rock marina and aboard the ‘Nollie’, the home so called by Nell and Ollie! Tragedy has struck though, Ollie is no more and Nell is living alone on her floating home coping with her grief. She is supported by her best friend Bea, their relationship is so sweet and natural, Bea has a Deli Cafe where Nell works on the basis that they are helping each other out. The delicious foods on offer there will make your mouth water, so don’t read if you are feeling peckish. Life goes on, Nell literally bumps into a rather hunky stranger called Guy, she is drawn to his gorgeous dog or is it his twinkling eyes and Irish charm!? They share a passion for old picture houses and Nell embarks on purchasing the vacant cinema and revamping it to it’s former glory. What trials and tribulations will that venture bring! It wouldn’t be a story without a huge quota of secrets, friendships, romance and community spirit. I enjoyed getting acquainted with all the locals around the marina, it seems such a perfect location to live. So many books these days are based around seaside cottages or hotels/guest houses etc it made a refreshing change to be on a canal boat! Not my ideal place to live but I can certainly appreciate the connection to water. There are plenty of sub plots interlinking the main tale which revolves around Nell, quite a few times I thought I knew where it was going and Christie threw in another curve ball. This is an absolutely delightful read, perfect for anyone who enjoys a romantic comedy that has a bit more substance, it delves a little deeper into the readers emotions creating a few stifled sobs moments before dealing another smile inducing situation. Christie Barlow has a flair for writing mood enhancing warmth and comfort books to brighten any day. My thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
It is difficult to ever imagine a world without the person you expect to spend the rest of your life with. There one minute and gone the next. Nell still hasn’t regained her feet after the sudden death of her husband, but takes solace in their floating home The Nollie. She isn’t expecting to find another chance at love or to find something special to put all emotions and aspirations into. Her pet project is the restoration of an old movie theatre, which seems to hold more than a few secrets. More than she can even imagine. The only downside is the fact she may have to let her best friend down when it comes to helping out in her local bakery. She has to choose whether to follow her own dreams or those of her friend. It’s a tale of grief and the painful discovery that life can and does go on after the death of a loved one. New doors open, new people arrive and lot of new opportunities arise. If you are looking for the kind of read that will help you relax and forget about your worries and your strife, then this will do the trick. Barlow brings the drama, there is no doubt about that, but she also delivers it with a huge portion of humour and love. *I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.