Spring at Lavender Bay
A season for change…?Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a-brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!Vowing to restore it to its former glory, she only intends to stay until the end of the season. Although the longer she spends in the colourful seaside town, the more she falls back in love with everything she left behind…and quite possibly, with her best friend Eliza’s older brother, local chef Sam Barnes!Why didn’t she notice he was quite this gorgeous before? And will their spring fling be enough to convince her to stay?Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.Book 1: Spring at Lavender BayBook 2: Summer at Lavender BayBook 3: Snowflakes at Lavender Bay

Spring at Lavender Bay Details

TitleSpring at Lavender Bay
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 2nd, 2018
PublisherHQ Digital
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance

Spring at Lavender Bay Review

  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars.Sarah Bennett’s Butterfly Cove series was one of my favourites of both 2017 and the genre, so to say I was a teeny bit eager to pack my bags and head off to discover what treats Lavender Bay held for me, is a bit of an understatement. And those treats come in the form of Beth, Eliza and Libby: lifelong friends who may have miles separating them but haven’t lost the tight bond they share. It didn’t need to be anything serious, a spring fling, maybe leading to a summer romance if they 4.25 stars.Sarah Bennett’s Butterfly Cove series was one of my favourites of both 2017 and the genre, so to say I was a teeny bit eager to pack my bags and head off to discover what treats Lavender Bay held for me, is a bit of an understatement. And those treats come in the form of Beth, Eliza and Libby: lifelong friends who may have miles separating them but haven’t lost the tight bond they share. It didn’t need to be anything serious, a spring fling, maybe leading to a summer romance if they were both so inclined.” Beth’s return to Lavender Bay isn’t under the happiest of circumstances but it quickly becomes evident that one resident in particular is over the moon to see her—Eliza’s older brother Sam *insert happy sighs here*. And whilst he and Beth and their burgeoning feelings are at the heart of this story, it isn’t just theirs with introductions to the residents, their relationships and the wealth of possibility they will bring to the series along the way.I was dropped right into the centre of the bay, quickly falling in love with the scenery, the characters and the stories unfolding around them. For a large part of the book, Beth and Sam’s relationship simmered in the background with the focus laying on the girls’ friendship, their personalities, families and pasts, and for me this worked well in creating build-up for Beth and Sam who have a natural ease around one another highlighting their fun natures, but also that wariness crossing the line between friends and lovers brings. You’re mine, Sam Barnes, do you hear me? For as long as this fling between us lasts. You. Are. Mine.” Spring at Lavender Bay is a delightful read full of love, life and pursuing your dreams and I’m looking forward to seeing where life will lead Libby and Eliza. One word of warning though, if you’re cutting back on the sweet stuff beware, because Sam has mad baking skills and I could murder one of his concoctions right now. Copy received courtesy of HQ Digital via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    3 - Let’s have a spring fling! Stars!Sarah Bennett, begins her new Lavender Bay series with Spring, an albeit easy, but pretty underwhelming read."It’s a bad idea…"I loved this authors previous series; Butterfly Cove and have since also discovered that she writes erotica under another name, the two novellas of which I have also read and enjoyed, so I started Spring at Lavender Bay with high expectations. What the author did deliver on was characters and locale, I loved the scene she set with r 3 - Let’s have a spring fling! Stars!Sarah Bennett, begins her new Lavender Bay series with Spring, an albeit easy, but pretty underwhelming read."It’s a bad idea…"I loved this authors previous series; Butterfly Cove and have since also discovered that she writes erotica under another name, the two novellas of which I have also read and enjoyed, so I started Spring at Lavender Bay with high expectations. What the author did deliver on was characters and locale, I loved the scene she set with regards to Lavender Bay itself, as well as Beth and her friends Libby and Eliza, and the wealth of secondary characters introduced also ticked all the expected boxes, but what I found lacking was the story line between her and Sam, and the drama in general. "If things were different…""But they’re not.""No, they’re not."Don’t get me wrong, this was still a pretty enjoyable beginning to the series, and as I already said, the author introduced everyone and set the scene really well, but I was expecting to feel more invested, everything just sort of muddled along with them both not seeing much of each other due to their work lives, then in the next breath love was declared and all should have been well. But it turns out Beth is a runner, that frustrated me somewhat too because to be honest there wasn’t much reason for it, and it seemed to be added just to give a little drama to the end of what was a pretty lacklustre story.You won’t struggle to read this book, but you may struggle to remember it a couple of months down the line. That said, I am looking forward to spending some time in the summer in Lavender Bay with the next book due for release in July. This is an author that is still an auto-buy for me, but maybe my expectations were just a little too high on this occasion.ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I became a fan of Sarah Bennett last year when I jumped in part way in her Butterfly Cove series so I was so pleased to be able to start her new series at the first book. She has a lovely way with words and writes the sweetest romances with realistic and wholly relatable characters that you can’t help but fall in love with! Add in an idyllic, quaint setting and you have the perfect recipe for a charming read.This book introduces us to three friends, Libby, Eliza and Beth and focuses primarily on I became a fan of Sarah Bennett last year when I jumped in part way in her Butterfly Cove series so I was so pleased to be able to start her new series at the first book. She has a lovely way with words and writes the sweetest romances with realistic and wholly relatable characters that you can’t help but fall in love with! Add in an idyllic, quaint setting and you have the perfect recipe for a charming read.This book introduces us to three friends, Libby, Eliza and Beth and focuses primarily on Beth though it provides enough of an introduction to both the residents of Lavender Bay and the town itself that I’m eager to see what happens in the next two books. Beth was a sweet person and I loved her friendship with Libby and Eliza, they have a blast together and have genuine relationships. As much as this is a romance there is a heavy emphasis on the importance of female friendships and a strong sense of community spirit and goodwill as well making it a perfect read for those that don’t want a cheesy, over the top romance novel. There’s a bit of drama as well to keep things interesting and the dash of romance was a combination of sweet and spicy with a side of adorable. I can’t wait to read the next book this summer!Spring at Lavender Bay in three words: Cute, Picturesque and Endearing.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 35%.I adored Sarah Bennett's Butterfly Cove series so I was stoked to see this up for request at NetGalley.Sadly, after two attempts I just couldn't get into this book.Beth Reynolds spent the best part of her childhood at Lavender Bay but left to forge a career in London. However, when her mentor Eleanor dies and leaves her Eleanor's Emporium in Lavender Bay she burns her boats and comes back home.There are plenty of characters and old school friends but I didn't warm to anyone and at ove DNF at 35%.I adored Sarah Bennett's Butterfly Cove series so I was stoked to see this up for request at NetGalley.Sadly, after two attempts I just couldn't get into this book.Beth Reynolds spent the best part of her childhood at Lavender Bay but left to forge a career in London. However, when her mentor Eleanor dies and leaves her Eleanor's Emporium in Lavender Bay she burns her boats and comes back home.There are plenty of characters and old school friends but I didn't warm to anyone and at over a third through the book I just had the overwhelming feeling that nothing was happening, and frankly I didn't care.I've been on a book downer this year so maybe I'm being overly harsh but I just didn't feel interest in finishing the book.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.Bumped for release.
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  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    January 1, 1970
    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comAfter falling in love with the authors first serial (and not just because it contained the word 'Butterfly'), I had absolutely no idea how she was going to trump that serial. I mean really, if you've read the 'Butterfly Cove' series, you'll know fine well what I'm talking about. Whilst I knew deep down that Sarah Bennett would not disappoint, I felt like I was cheating on the characters of the previous series. I think I All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comAfter falling in love with the authors first serial (and not just because it contained the word 'Butterfly'), I had absolutely no idea how she was going to trump that serial. I mean really, if you've read the 'Butterfly Cove' series, you'll know fine well what I'm talking about. Whilst I knew deep down that Sarah Bennett would not disappoint, I felt like I was cheating on the characters of the previous series. I think I have a problem - I struggled to let them go!After giving myself a pep talk and telling myself that the previous bunch of characters would be happy that I've moved on, knowing that I would never forget them (ahem), I snuggled down in bed with 'Spring at Lavender Bay', excited to see what waited for me beyond the front cover...Oh Sarah Bennett, what have you done to me woman!!!! I knew it all along that this author wouldn't disappoint with her new book, after all she never disappoints me with any of the books she produces, but reading about Beth's new venture made me feel like I was coming home. How? I have absolutely no idea, but it did. I cannot explain it. I really wish I could. All I know is that Sarah Bennett is an absolute genius.Poor Beth Reynolds was merely going through the motions in her day to day life. Feeling as though she had the weight on her shoulders, Beth's day gets a lot worse when she finds out someone she knew has passed away. From then on, everything else that was bothering her seemed unimportant and frivolous. Life is far too short to be working with a twonkwomble, right?What I loved most about Beth was how real she was. She didn't pretend to be something she wasn't which, considering the amount of rubbish she had gone through in such a short space of time, is highly commendable. I adored the community spirit which seemed to engulf the storyline from the get go, holding Beth up when things became too much for her to handle (or when she decided to give up after a short amount of time). Even though I could understand why she felt like giving up, the way she went about it really irked me as it was like she was slapping all of the people who went out of their way to help her, round their faces. I'm probably going to sound a little mean here, but I found her to be a little selfish because of that. That said, I still absolutely loved her as she was hilarious and, like I said above, real.The storyline itself is full of hilarious anecdotes, heart-warming situations, and enough love to warm every single person's hearts ten times over. Yes it was pretty clear where a certain situation was heading, but weirdly enough, it didn't bother me as it just fit with the vibe of the book and everything the storyline stood for. A match made in heaven if you will.'Spring at Lavender Bay' highlights the importance of not giving up, regardless of how hard things are. It also highlights the importance of bouncing back, even after you have given up. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right. If you really want something, you'll walk through fire and rain to do it. Plus, more importantly, it made me realise that there is always someone there for you - the one's who really love you will always be by your side, regardless of the time.Sarah Bennett's new book brought many smiles to my face, made me giggle like a little child, and brought tears to my eyes due to sadness and warmth. This new series has started off with a bang and, in al honesty, it truly is the start of something incredibly special.Delightful, touching, beautiful, and the hug in a book I so desperately needed, Sarah Bennett has written a story which will be there for you in your time of need. A story which will hug you from the inside out, reminding you that even books can be there for you when you need someone to care. A story which will make you realise that showing negative emotion is in no way a bad thing, so why hide it? I wish I could bottle up the feeling this book gave me, just so that I could hold onto it forever. Especially when I'm feeling lonely.This is.....beautiful.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Beth gets left the Emporium b.y the lady who took her in as a teenager. She is keen to make it a going concern so that she has an option to sell it. She loves being back amongst friends in Lavender Bay and they take one of their own back into their hearts. She starts to feel at home and sorts out plans for the shop. I loved her friendships and the way everyone rallies round. I also loved the romance You feel a part of the shop coming together and the lovely romance creates a real feel good feeli Beth gets left the Emporium b.y the lady who took her in as a teenager. She is keen to make it a going concern so that she has an option to sell it. She loves being back amongst friends in Lavender Bay and they take one of their own back into their hearts. She starts to feel at home and sorts out plans for the shop. I loved her friendships and the way everyone rallies round. I also loved the romance You feel a part of the shop coming together and the lovely romance creates a real feel good feeling around the book.I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series to see where we will explore next.
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  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in the lavender bay series and I loved Sarah's first series and can really see enjoying this series to as full of romance and finding out uwho you really are and finding a new life for herself and being with friends and in a place she loves and not following her mums dreams. Very well written with great characters and wonderful story line and has you thinking and very heartwarming. Beth was born in lavender bay and when her mother moved away to start a new life she moved i This is the first book in the lavender bay series and I loved Sarah's first series and can really see enjoying this series to as full of romance and finding out uwho you really are and finding a new life for herself and being with friends and in a place she loves and not following her mums dreams. Very well written with great characters and wonderful story line and has you thinking and very heartwarming. Beth was born in lavender bay and when her mother moved away to start a new life she moved in with a neighbour to finish her schooling. She wants to please her mum and moves to the city but although she has a boyfriend is very unhappy. Her boyfriend finishes with her and Eleanor who brought her up passes away leaving everything for Beth so she moves back to the bay and can she make a go if it with old and new friends and be happy and find out what really is best for her or not. This is a must read as such a great book highly recommend it. Well done Sarah can't wait for the next book.
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  • Grass monster
    January 1, 1970
    The Blurb :Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a-brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!Vowing to restore it to its former glory, she only intends to stay until the end of the season. Although the longer she spends in the colourful seaside town, the more she falls back in love with everything she left beh The Blurb :Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a-brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!Vowing to restore it to its former glory, she only intends to stay until the end of the season. Although the longer she spends in the colourful seaside town, the more she falls back in love with everything she left behind…and quite possibly, with her best friend Eliza’s older brother, local chef Sam Barnes!Why didn’t she notice he was quite this gorgeous before? And will their spring fling be enough to convince her to stay?.My Thoughts :Part of a new series, Spring in Lavender Bay is the first of three books set in the Bay.We meet Beth Reynolds and her two best friends, Libby and Eliza. Primarily this first book focuses on the life of Beth, so I am guessing the next two books will focus on the other best friends.Living in London, Beth is in a job she hates and a flat that is damp. When she gets unexpected news that Eleanor, the woman who brought her up when she was younger has died suddenly, Beth hot foots it back to Lavender Bay for the funeral and gets more than she was expecting when she is told Eleanor has left everything including her seafront shop the Emporium to Beth in her will.As Beth has to make a decsion weather to sell or run the shop, she has also had a thing for her best friends brother, Sam Barnes over the years and it seems Sam is back in the bay to help put his mum whille his dad is very sick. As sparks fly and theres a lot will they, wont they moments we are in for a treat as Lavender Bay delivers not only a beautiful seaside setting but wonderful charactors, drama, friendships, romance and adventures.Sarah Bennett, once again gives her readers a series that is sure to be a winner. Looking forward to book two, Summer at Lavender Bay.
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  • Didi
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsSpring at Lavender Bay is the first Sarah Bennett’s books I read and I grabbed at the chance to read it as it’s also the first of a new series. Set in a fictional seaside town of Lavender Bay, this book is a delightful introduction to the author’s writing and the message the story bore: never give up and plan might alter for the best. Lead characters and voices of the stories were Beth and Sam, childhood friends who grown up living next door to one another. A series of trials caused Bet 3.5 starsSpring at Lavender Bay is the first Sarah Bennett’s books I read and I grabbed at the chance to read it as it’s also the first of a new series. Set in a fictional seaside town of Lavender Bay, this book is a delightful introduction to the author’s writing and the message the story bore: never give up and plan might alter for the best. Lead characters and voices of the stories were Beth and Sam, childhood friends who grown up living next door to one another. A series of trials caused Beth to leave London and back to Lavender Bay. Driven by love of the late Eleanor who bequeathed wealth and property to her, Beth decided to reopen Emporium, Eleanor’s bric-a-brac shop. Sam left his dream of becoming renown chef when his father fallen ill and had to take over the running of the family pub. Random exchange turned to candid discussion that soon draw them close and see the other in a new light.I just love the slow-burn romance between Beth and Sam. Not only they complete each other by being the ear to listen to when needed, their friendship also served to boost up confidence and nudge them in reshaping their dreams. This, more than the physical attraction between them, that gripped me whilst reading. The casual way the flirting started that developed into much deeper feeling made the romance more real and believable. Then there’s also the tight friendship between Beth, Libby and Olivia; not to mention Sam’s relationship with his family, and the tight-knit community of Lavender Bay that spiced-up the story! Not saying I had no issue with this book, though. In the sense that the heroine predictably appeared like a doormat and needed rescuing too often. What piqued me no end was the accident and the subsequent effect that follow close to the end of the book. And here I thought Beth had toughened up and got more confidence!! I mean, darn it! So close to the end; I wish there was other way to prove steadfast love without making one party look weaker than the other!!I’m still going to continue following this series though. At least I’m intrigued with what would happen between Libby and a certain gentleman on the next installment. While waiting, I think I’m gonna check out the author’s other books and have a look and see. Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.Beth is stuck in a miserable job where she is underappreciated and overworked, her boyfriend just upped and left her high and dry, life in London s lonely and not at all what she had hoped for. Then she gets the devastating news that Eleanor the woman who practically brought her up in the small seaside town of Lavender Bay has died, breaking her heart.Returning to Lavender Bay for the funeral she learns that Eleanor has left her everything, he This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.Beth is stuck in a miserable job where she is underappreciated and overworked, her boyfriend just upped and left her high and dry, life in London s lonely and not at all what she had hoped for. Then she gets the devastating news that Eleanor the woman who practically brought her up in the small seaside town of Lavender Bay has died, breaking her heart.Returning to Lavender Bay for the funeral she learns that Eleanor has left her everything, her business, her home, her money. It’s time for Beth to make decisions about her future and with the boy next door, her best friend’s brother Sam making it clear he has more than a passing interest in her it starts to look like there could be more to stay in Lavender Bay for than she thought.I really liked Beth she is clever and tenacious yet she is vulnerable and needs help and guidance to get where she needs to go in life. Her relationship with Sam is sweet and slow, but still sparks and sizzles leaving you wanting more as a reader.I loved Sam, he was quite a similar character Beth, with a similar set of dreams and ideals. On paper, they were such a good match and the fact the chemistry between them was so perfect just made it all the better.I loved this book, the conflicts, the laughter, the sadness, and the joy. They all came together to create a fabulous book full of the wonders of Spring and a love story to refresh your heartstrings.Sending a huge thanks to Sarah Bennett and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
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  • Nicola Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Spring at Lavender Bay is billed as a delightfully uplifting romance. And I can say, most categorically, that it is that. Many times during the two days it took me to read it, I smiled and melted at the sweet scenes within.I think what drew me to this book in the first place was Eleanor's Emporium, a seaside shop. It's one of those eclectic shops that sell a bit of everything, some of it a bit tacky and some of it rather lovely. I'm always drawn to shops in novels, and it was so enjoyable to rea Spring at Lavender Bay is billed as a delightfully uplifting romance. And I can say, most categorically, that it is that. Many times during the two days it took me to read it, I smiled and melted at the sweet scenes within.I think what drew me to this book in the first place was Eleanor's Emporium, a seaside shop. It's one of those eclectic shops that sell a bit of everything, some of it a bit tacky and some of it rather lovely. I'm always drawn to shops in novels, and it was so enjoyable to read about Beth taking on the shop.Beth is left the shop when Eleanor, who looked after her as a girl, passes away and so she returns to Lavender Bay from London. She doesn't know whether to stick around or whether she can make the shop work, but the presence of Sam Barnes, her friend's older brother, helps. I loved Sam, he's a lovely character. Strong and caring, I was just rooting for this couple to make a go of it. Their scenes together are written with such intense feeling that I was enthralled by them.I also loved Lavender Bay. It's by the sea and is a real community. Sam and his family run the pub next door to the emporium, Beth's friend, Libby, and her family run the chip shop. There's a lovely friendship between Beth, Libby and Eliza (Sam's sister) that has been there since childhood. This is the first in a trilogy set in Lavender Bay. It would be lovely to meet up with some of the characters again and return to such a beautiful setting. This book is just adorable and so sweet.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    This is my second book by Sarah that I have read and I must say I like this one better than the last book I read.  Don't get me wrong, the last book Christmas at Butterfly Cove was a wonderful book.  I just loved this story more.In this story Beth Reynolds has not had the most easy life.  Beth was raised in Lavender Bay by her mom's neighbor Eleanor.  Eleanor took it upon herself to raise her so her mother can move away with her new hubby, so that Beth could finish her schooling.  Even from afar This is my second book by Sarah that I have read and I must say I like this one better than the last book I read.  Don't get me wrong, the last book Christmas at Butterfly Cove was a wonderful book.  I just loved this story more.In this story Beth Reynolds has not had the most easy life.  Beth was raised in Lavender Bay by her mom's neighbor Eleanor.  Eleanor took it upon herself to raise her so her mother can move away with her new hubby, so that Beth could finish her schooling.  Even from afar her mother wanted Beth to have the perfect city life and city boyfriend.  Beth is unhappy trying to live up to her standards. When Eleanor suddenly passes away and leaves Beth everything, Beth sees an opportunity to try to do something different.  Can she have another life other than the one her mother wants her to have?This is a wonderful and emotional story of a women who has a very low self-esteem and confidence.  It tells of how she blossoms into another person and struggles with relationships and not running away when things become difficult.  Her adventure into her new life is full of  friends, family and love.I truly enjoyed the characters and world of Lavender Bay.  It introduces us to the world of Lavender Bay and all the adventures to come.  It is a truly romantic tale of discovering ones self and overcoming the fears that hold us back.So come and join the Lavender Bay residents and fall in love.  I know I did.*ARC provided by Neverland Book Tours & Sarah Bennett
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  • Joanne D'Arcy
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Bennett who delighted me and many others with her Butterfly Cove series is back with Spring at Lavender Bay, the first in another trilogy.In this first book of course we meet all the characters that we are going to grow to love and possibly hate in the coming pages and subsequent books.Beth returns to Lavender Bay when she discovers that the woman who brought her up has in fact left her a shop - not any old shop but an Emporium. Having not really left much of a life back in London, Beth st Sarah Bennett who delighted me and many others with her Butterfly Cove series is back with Spring at Lavender Bay, the first in another trilogy.In this first book of course we meet all the characters that we are going to grow to love and possibly hate in the coming pages and subsequent books.Beth returns to Lavender Bay when she discovers that the woman who brought her up has in fact left her a shop - not any old shop but an Emporium. Having not really left much of a life back in London, Beth stays for a while in Lavender Bay and it brings her closer to her old friends. Libby still helping her father in the local fish and chip shop and not having grown out her dark hair and dark clothes is glad to see Beth back as she now sees what sort of life she could have had if she had left Lavender By. Eliza has moved away to be with her husband and she doesn't come back home too often, but when she does all three girls get together. But it looks like Eliza is going to move even further away from Lavender Bay. Of course this book has romance, and that is provided by Eliza's brother Sam. A chef. And a man who has a caring streak which simply jumps off the page as you read about him. Sam is also back home, because his father is ill and needs to take things easy. He has left behind a prosperous career to come back to the pub he knows as home. Sometimes it is nice to come home but you still need aspirations and when Sam meets up again with Beth, he realises that perhaps what he can achieve is actually in Lavender Bay.Plenty happens in this book and just when you think everything is going well, there's a twist and it is almost like everyone has to start again. Sarah Bennett manages to weave a story with warmth, humour, love and a sense of community and brings to life a fictitious place as if I could pop down to Lavender Bay to breathe the sea air and perhaps wander into the Emporium before popping to the local pub for a swoon over the hunky barman and chef!I look forward to my return to Lavender Bay in the Summer.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    So after reading the wonderful Butterfly Cove series I literally could not wait to read Sarah Bennett's new series. Spring at Lavender Bay is one of those stories where in no time at all I felt so at home in this wonderful community aswell as feeling part of a wonderful friendship that Beth, Eliza and Libby share. The characters are brought to life perfectly with it being the first book in the series it can be a fine line between introducing the characters but also getting the story just right a So after reading the wonderful Butterfly Cove series I literally could not wait to read Sarah Bennett's new series. Spring at Lavender Bay is one of those stories where in no time at all I felt so at home in this wonderful community aswell as feeling part of a wonderful friendship that Beth, Eliza and Libby share. The characters are brought to life perfectly with it being the first book in the series it can be a fine line between introducing the characters but also getting the story just right and Sarah Bennett manages this brilliantly. Even the minor characters shine through and bring something lovely to the story. I have to mention Sam (I may be sighing okay swooning a little here) he is practically perfect along with being able to cook. I was pretty jealous that I couldn't try any of the gorgeous desserts. This story has a wonderful balance of love, friendship, emotional moments and a beautiful chemistry filled romance. Even though there is emotion there is also a positive and uplifting feeling throughout, making it a perfect combination for me! Sarah Bennett always manages to pull me fully into her stories with lovely friendships and that all important emotional connection. I was smiling away to myself while reading this book and after a day of running around this really was the perfect tonic to relax and unwind with, I loved it. I really can't wait for my next visit to Lavender Bay and to catch up with everyone!A book to lose yourself in, it was so easy to be completely wrapped up in such a gorgeous and uplifting story. Five stars from me!With thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours, Sarah Bennett & HQ Digital for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Carol Beasley
    January 1, 1970
    This book focuses on three friends, Libby, Eliza and Beth with this book mostly looking at Beth. I loved the whole setting of Lavender Bay and those who live there. The friendships portrayed are strong and sweet and a nice secondary focus to the romance. There is drama, intrigue of course romance which is the perfect combination for a wonderful spring/summer read. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series. I was sent this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Paula Pugh
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic story about new beginnings and opportunities. There is such charm in the setting on the seaside filled with so many delightful characters. Beth Reynolds leaves a crummy job in London and moves to Lavender Bay when she inherits a curio/gift shop form Eleanor Bishop a woman who took her in and raised her when her mother married and left to live in Florida. In Lavender Bay, Beth discovers her true self and finds love out of the blue.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    The characters here just never connected with me. The story was too messy and not properly developed. Beth teetered back and forth from just plain rude to whiny and childish. Sam had an unnatural way of talking about Beth as a child while at the same time trying to get into her pants as an adult. Nothing clicked here for me. I sound rather have read about Libby and Mr Stone.
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  • MetLineReader
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely tale of living life and not fulfilling other people’s ambitions for your life!
  • ShinyObject
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Overall, this was a quick read that made time move by. I didn't love the main characters, Beth and Sam, but I did find their dynamic to be interesting. What I did like most was that the plot wasn't perfectly pat and "just so" - kind of like life - but the characters still prevailed (obviously...it's a romance). Fun read; I liked it.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    A new Sarah Bennett part series and I am super excited. Sarah jumped into my must buy author list after reading the butterfly cove part series. If this book is anything to go by. Then we are in store for another treat. It is full of female friendship, family love, drama, heart break and romance. I absolutely loved it and if this book is an indicator of how the rest of the book will go. I cannot wait to read it.
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