This pretty novel, A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews, is about three best friends from uni, Grace, Ella and Flick, coming together for a holiday in Wales. They've shared secrets, bar jobs and flats. Now time has moved on from those carefree, fun-filled days. Grace is settled down and married to Harry. She is hoping that this holiday will be the fresh start for them, which they desperately need. Generous and talented Ella is long-term partner to Art. Then there is Flick. Well, she has never settled down, always after the unsuitable (i.e married) man and still living her life like it's her student years.
The three of them are staying for one week in a cottage by the sea, which is now owned by Ella. Each one bringing their partners. Flick, too. She is bringing her very recent chap, Noah.
But during the course of the week discoveries are made about relationships and themselves.The group are thrown into confusion.
At one point Grace and Noah find themselves in a tearoom after being caught in the rain on the beach. They're in absolute need of steamy hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. Plus a piece of chocolate cake for Noah and millionaire's shortbread for Grace.
Isn't that just the perfect pick-me-up? There you are, soaked through on a beach in Wales, confused feelings all over the place and not only do you find a tearoom, but one that sells the classic shortbread with a succulent caramel sauce and smothered in chocolate.
This was a lovely novel. If you haven't read it yet make yourself a tray of these and get stuck in.