Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review: Stirred with Love by Marcie Steele

Book Blurb:

Sometimes the best friends can be found where you least expect them … 

Still grieving after the loss of her beloved husband, Lily Mortimer is determined to do something with the time she has left. 

After the end of her fairytale marriage, thirty-something Kate is trying hard to mend her broken heart. 

Chloe, a young woman with the world at her feet, is struggling to know what to do with her life. 

When Lily embarks on a new venture in the picturesque town of Somerley, the three women come together to open The Coffee Stop, the most charming café for miles around. 

But opening a coffee shop is never as simple as it seems, especially when you add neighbouring competition, local heart throbs and heartbreak to the mix. 

When tragedy strikes, can the three women pull together to make the new business fly, or will Lily’s last chance disappear down the drain along with yesterday’s coffee grinds? 

As comforting as a cappuccino and a better pick-me-up than a grande Americano, Stirred with Love will captivate readers of Milly Johnson, Carole Matthews and Jenny Colgan.

My Review:

It starts with a coffee shop, and Stirred With Love evolves into a great story about three different women who are all at different points in their lives, all at a turning point in their lives.

I liked how Marcie brought Kate, Lily and Chloe together in a realistic way.   I enjoyed getting to know them and watching them move forward.  They each have struggles to overcome, and they find unexpected friendship and support in Stirred With Love.

These characters all had a little something I could relate to, and they were all believable.  I loved the different age groups of these women and how it didn't really seem to matter most of the time.  Sometimes the age differences between these new friends was very noticeable, but most of the time these three women were just women being friends.  

Marcie moves the plot forward at a smooth pace and I was drawn into the lives of Kate, Lily, and Chloe.  I liked the central theme of the plot about Lily reopening The Coffee Shop, and how this pulls the characters together.  Each of the women have a strong presence in Stirred With Love, and I felt like I got to know each of them well.  With sub plots involving them and secondary characters, Stirred With Love is a multi dimensional, character driven read.

With heart, humor, hope, love and tears, Marcie weaves a tale that really made me feel and I'd recommend it to any women's fiction reader.

4/5 stars

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