Back in January 2019, I bought some light reads from The Works, only to discover that they were all books in series. I’ve read all the Philippa Ashleys I bought then (and the third series, oops) and then I filled in the Jane Linfoot gaps towards the end of the year and read the first of them when I needed something light back in February, “The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea“. What with what I’m calling Circumstances, my reading called for some more lightness, so I gave up hanging onto the other three in the series until Christmas 2020 (two of them, as we will see, are Christmas-themed!) and devoured them, finishing the third early this month (I was kind of alternating them with Ada Leversons). So here are three reviews as they’re pretty short. Good escapism has been had!

Jane Linfoot – “Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop”

(January 2019)

In this second instalment of the series, we concentrate on Sera, who makes exquisite wedding dresses for the Shop but is sad and shy. When she’s thrown into organising the final details of her sister’s wedding (that’s the organised sister with the wedding manual and Requirements), she also has to contend with the two best men, both there to ostensibly help but really to joust with each other and mess things up (in one case). Worst still, one of them turns out to be someone she’d rather not see from her past? But will he or the arrogant posho from a local family who can’t concentrate on details (I love how this runs in the family) win out in the end, and will the wedding be saved?

This book starts the day after the last one finished, and it’s nice to have the characters from that one reappearing in this one, with their stories updated.

Jane Linfoot – “Summer at the Little Wedding Shop”

(17 December 2019)

Lily comes home after losing her job and is pounced on to be the shop’s stylist. But then she somehow also ends up working for Kip Penryn, another posho brother with an inability to concentrate on detail, who’s running a rival wedding venue to series favourites Poppy and Rafe’s slightly ramshackle farm. Meanwhile, her mum’s busy making an unsuitable second marriage with a cringey man and Nicole the bridezilla from book one is back and getting married on the same day as Immie and the man she jilted in that book. Who will win the battle of the weddings and the battle of the wedding venues?

Hat-tip number one of the week to Bookish Beck and her serendipity posts as we’ve only just had another unsuitable second marriage in “Does it Show”.

Jane Linfoot – “Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop”

(20 December 2019)

Those two were read in March, this was my first finish of this month. It’s Christmas again and Holly has come down to stay at the flat above the shop to escape Christmas, which she’s always loved in memory of the sister she lost as a child, until she fled a proposal last Christmas. She’s a food photographer and somehow gets roped in to do wedding photography through the season, helped, unwillingly for both of them at first, by Rory, the local bad boy who teased her on the school bus and is now a bit scatty and failing to cope with two small children.  All the ensemble cast are there with their own plot developments, which is nice, with even Jess, the shop owner, getting her bit of romance.

However, the bullying in this one about Holly’s blushing was a bit extreme and mean, and the gay characters in it are a bit clumsily stereotyped, which did blur my enthusiasm for this one. It does tie up the series well.