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One ambitious businesswoman.

One irresponsible heir.

A deal that will turn both their lives upside down…

To save her business, All Things Crafty, Nancy is in desperate need of two things: help and money. After a pitch goes horribly wrong, Nancy is convinced she’s failed to secure either. But, when a potential investor recommends an assistant, she jumps at the chance to hire them – hoping it will help her land a much-needed deal. 

Enter Freddy Astley-Davenport, a notorious socialite with zero work experience. He’s poised to inherit his family’s estate in sunny Seashell Bay, but only if he can hold down a job for six months first. Nancy is not impressed. Freddy’s late, rude and totally incompetent – and that’s just the first day!

Nancy is further horrified to learn of Freddy’s plan to take the assistant role in name only, then do the least work he possibly can, expecting Nancy to lie to his parents on his behalf. She has other ideas, though, and the pair butt heads from day one.

However, as they argue, sparks begin to fly…

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My Review

How exciting – a new series from this author! This book is only a short read, being Part 1 of a 4-part serialisation, and whilst you are usually left on a bit of cliffhanger at the end of each part, I’m just about patient enough to wait for the next one! This new series starts off really well, and had me laughing my way through the pages! We meet Nancy and Alice – friends and housemates! Alice being a teaching assistant and Nancy is running her own business, All Things Crafty! Both women have a lot going on in their lives, and the chapters are split between both of them! I did love the chapters though where they’re back home together, going over what was happening and trying to sort each other’s problems out! They really do have a good relationship together, and seemed like really good friends.

The storyline was great and I was hooked from the very beginning! I knew what was going to happen following Nancy’s run in at the coffee shop, and I loved where the storyline went after that. Freddy Astley-Davenport is just absolute class, and I already have a picture in my mind of what he looks like (I can see him in Made in Chelsea!!) The book’s location begins in London so I’m definitely curious as to where the Seashell Bay reference comes in! Whilst I said I can be patient for the next instalment, after reading this part I am a little eager to get going with the rest of the story! Full of fun and laughs, this book is everything I would expect from this author!! Fab! Would definitely recommend! Roll on Part 2!!

The Author

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written a number of best-selling romantic comedies and book club reads and won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2022.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Her novels are often serialised in four parts ahead of the full book publication.

Bella lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

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