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 neighboring 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. Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published September 3rd 2015 by Bookouture
Three stars: A book that starts strong with a focus on friendship and new beginnings, but then falters in the second half.
Kate is once again pouring her heart out to her best friend. Her marriage is struggling, and she is considering leaving and starting over, but she is too afraid. Nick, Kate's husband, makes the decision for her by leaving her. Kate decides to take a chance and answer an ad to work in a coffee shop in a neighboring town. Meanwhile, Chloe, at eighteen is trying to decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life, and so she also answers the ad for the coffee shop. Lily is looking for good people to help her restart her business after her husband's death. Together, Lily, Kate and Chloe plan to remodel and start up a coffee shop. Will they find something more in their endeavors?
What I Liked:
- Stirred with Love is a nice, cozy read with a strong focus on friendship. I enjoyed watching the three different women come together and form a friendship where they loved, supported and listened to one another. The friendships the three cultivated were wonderful, the highlight of the book.
- Even though it took a little time to settle in with the three different personalities, since this book is told from three view points, once I adjusted to each woman, I liked getting to know them. Kate was the character I was most interested in. In her late thirties, Kate's life is falling apart. She takes a chance and answers the ad to work in the coffee shop, hoping for a new beginning. I liked watching Kate grow and heal as she started over. Lily is an elderly woman, looking to establish her legacy after the death of her husband. Lily is kind, caring, the matronly character of the story, she was easy to love. Chloe was a tough sell. At eighteen, she is fiery and impetuous and prone to bouts of pouting and not so flattering behavior. I got so I liked her though in the end because she showed tremendous growth. This is a book all about three different women, one in the prime of her life, the other in the middle and going through turmoil, and the third at the end. What follows is a lovely friendship that anyone can appreciate.
- I loved the first part of the book as the three women got to know one another and as they worked together to remodel and establish the coffee shop. I enjoyed watching them lean on one another as their friendship formed. I also liked seeing the coffee shop come together.
- The book ends on a high note after some sadness. I liked seeing how it all settled out, and I was pleased with where the women ended up. This is a stand alone.
And The Not So Much:
- I struggled with the second half of the book. I think because it lost focus and the storylines where all over. The first portion of the story is all about the women coming together and creating the coffee shop. Once the shop opens, the story moves in several different directions. I loved the first part of the book, but the second half completely lost my attention because it was too unfocused.
- The book opens with Kate struggling with her failing marriage. I was invested in watching Kate recover from her broken marriage. I was disappointed though that there wasn't more on Nick. There was a big development with Nick, and I was left wondering what happened with him. Did he stay in the relationship? I did appreciate that Nick and Kate where able to come to an agreement amicably.
- Both Kate and Chloe enter into romances during the second part of the book. I was not a fan of either romance. Kate's was better than Chloe's but I felt that they both lacked spark and chemistry. I absolutely hated the mess that Chloe got herself into, and I could have done without her relationship drama. Kate's relationship was okay, but I thought it needed much more development.
- The whole situation with Lily was clear from the get go. I wished that the author had made it more of a surprise. Instead she foreshadowed what was to come heavily, and so the reader was expecting it all along.
- The book ends a bit abruptly, and I was left with a few questions. I would have liked an Epilogue perhaps a year or so down the road to catch up on the ladies and the coffee shop.
Stirred with Love is a nice, pleasant read that focuses on positive female friendships. I enjoyed getting to know the three women at different points in their lives, and I loved watching them come together, support one another and work to establish a business. The first part of the book is fantastic, but the second half falters with scattered story lines, and two romances that lack chemistry. I can recommend this for those who enjoy a good chick lit read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.