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#Book Review #Confetti over Bluebell Cliff by Della Galton #Contemporary Romance #Clean Romance @Boldwood Books @bookandtonic @DellaGalton

From the blurb:

Art dealer Ruby Lambert is on a mission to lose her baby weight ahead of her sister’s Olivia’s wedding in 6 months’ time.
To add fuel the fire, Ruby has also been ‘honoured’ with the unenviable task of being Head Bridesmaid. So determined not to let Olivia down, she signs up to a swanky new diet & fitness club, The Bluebell Booty Busters.

Uncertain of what to expect Ruby meets Harry Small, a wealthy local businessman who ‘joins’ Booty Busters, after pressure from his wife, who’s worried about his health and growing waistline.

Ruby and Harry soon team up as diet buddies, supporting each other through their dieting crisis’s. But something seems amiss at Booty Busters when they both discover that if it looks too good to be true; it probably is….

Will Ruby and Harry ever reach their targets?

And will Ruby do her sister proud and be the Belle of the Ball?

Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication Date: 2 March 2022

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My thoughts:

This is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone as the author provides brief recaps of the story so far.

The cover is just gorgeous, isn’t it? You can see it’s a time for reflection and taking a breath in a beautiful seaside setting. Can there be a better setting for a romantic book than lovely Dorset?
There are two main storylines- Ruby Lambert’s who is trying to lose baby weight to look good for her sister Olivia’s wedding and Harry Small’s who has also joined the same weight losing program to save his marriage.

A quick and easy read, although the topic isn’t something I’d usually go for. I guess more than anything else Ruby wants to take control of a part of her life. She’s generally confident and decisive, but having to raise her newborn son on her own obviously brought a lot of changes in her life. I adored her tender moments with Simon and her constant realisation of the love she is feeling for him.

Harry’s story was also very curious, although, compared to Ruby with her healthy family support network, he seemed more isolated and even lonely.

Personally, I wasn’t very invested in Mr B’s tricks and practical jokes side. Perhaps, there was more about him in the first book and this is just a catch-up? For those who haven’t read either book, Mr B is a celebrity (well, in his own opinion) chef who is supervising the meal part of Ruby and Harry’s weightlosing program. I felt there could have been so much more to explore with this kind of character.

In case you’re wondering there is a happily-ever-after and things work out wonderfully for all the main characters. If you are looking for a bit of positivity and an escape from reality, this is a book for you.

Thank you to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
3.5

Author Bio

Della Galton is the author of 15 books, including Ice and a Slice. She writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine. She lives in Dorset. Della’s new fiction series launched with Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff in May 2020.

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3 replies on “#Book Review #Confetti over Bluebell Cliff by Della Galton #Contemporary Romance #Clean Romance @Boldwood Books @bookandtonic @DellaGalton”

    1. Thank you, Louise! It is very readable (maybe the last couple chapters got a bit ‘mushy’)- I wish I could write like that! 🙂 I’m very lucky to be and always have been happy about my weight whatever it was at various points. I could relate much more to Ruby’s sister, although she is a secondary character.

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