Series: The Ice-Cream Cafe

Blog Tour Review: Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream

Posted 29 June 2017 by Emma Poulloura in Blog Tours, Reviews / 1 Comment

Blog Tour Review: Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream

I received this book for free From Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review: Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice CreamCurves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream by Sue Watson
Also by this author: Petit Four, Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake, Ella's Ice-Cream Summer
Series: The Ice-Cream Cafe #2
Also in this series: Ella's Ice-Cream Summer
Published by Bookouture on 27th June 2017
Genres: Chicklit, Love & Romance
Pages: 280
Format: eARC
Source: From Netgalley
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Dani’s on a mission to get her life back on track by the end of the Summer. Running, rowing, aerobics and more, but perhaps all she needs are sweet treats and a second chance?

Twenty years ago, Dani fled Appledore with a broken-heart and a suitcase full of shattered dreams. Only now is she brave enough to put her past behind her and return for a summer selling homemade ice-cream and getting fit by doing sit-ups by the sea.

But the new-look cafe is filled with old memories of Jude, her teenage sweetheart-turned-sour. She thinks of him every time she swirls warm sauce onto a “chocolate-bockaglory” and even with the help of Chris, her gorgeous personal trainer, the urge to break her diet is everywhere she turns.

When Jude makes an appearance at the cafe on the eve of Dani’s birthday party, history threatens to repeat itself. Is Dani strong enough to say no? And is the love she’s been longing for much closer than she thinks?

Thank you to Kim for letting me part of this blog tour. I have to confess that I didn’t read the blurb before I agreed to the tour or even before I started reading this book so I was kind of expecting this to be a continuation of Ella’s Ice Cream Summer. It wasn’t, nevertheless this was quite a book. Just a warning this is going to be quite a personal review.

This book hit quite a personal note for me. I have always struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I have always been overweight. Not excessively but I have always been at least a stone overweight but closer to two.   I am an emotional eater. I eat when I am happy, I eat when I am sad and I eat when I am bored. So I completely understand Dani’s emotional relationship with food. Sue does a brilliant job of explaining Dani’s feelings about food and I connected with this very easily.

I also understand her new found love for working out. Like Dani I hated PE at school. I am not very coordinated and I didn’t ever enjoy exercise. When I joined a new gym at the beginning of the year I signed up for a weight loss scheme there the content is similar to what Dani does in this story although nowhere near as tough. Through this I found a love of spinning which I never would have expected. I love Dani’s determination in this story. She is very inspiring and really made me want to be healthy even if for a few minutes.

I loved every page of this story. It is the perfect summer escapism that will inspire you to go for a walk before that yummy ice cream.

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About Sue Watson

Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about ‘having it all,’ and her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act.

So after much soul searching (and comfort eating) Sue abandoned her TV career, bought a pink laptop and wrote a novel. ‘Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes,’ tells the story of Stella Weston, whose life is a constant struggle with a nasty boss at work, the weighing scales and being a mum, wife and daughter.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire. When she’s not toiling over her latest novel, Sue bakes (and eats) cake and enjoys very large tubs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream all to herself while watching ‘The Biggest Loser USA.’

Sue’s second book, ‘Younger, Thinner, Blonder’ was released in October (2013) and her third book ‘Love, Lies and Lemon Cake’ is released on June 27th 2014.

Emma Poulloura

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 Goodreads Challenge
  • 2017 Netgalley

Review: Ella’s Ice Cream Summer

Posted 27 June 2017
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Review: Ella’s Ice Cream Summer

Ella’s life just hit rock-bottom, but can a summer by the sea mend her broken heart? When life gives you lemons… make ice-cream! Life hasn’t always been easy for single mum Ella, but she has just hit an all-time low; she’s jobless, loveless, very nearly homeless and, to make matters worse, now the owner of a pocket-sized pooch with a better wardrobe than her. Packing her bags (and a bigger one for the dog), Ella sets off for the seaside town of Appledore in Devon to re-live the magical summers […]