Tell us the basic premise of your novel
The Little Ice Cream Shop by the Sea is about a close family who run a seaside business buried in tradition, but a sudden incident throws them into turmoil and they all try to cope with the repercussions in their own way. The main character Genie doesn’t know why her family suddenly decides to sell the family business that she’s worked in since before she left school, but she’s determined that they won’t throw away her heritage so easily and fights to make them stay.
The friendship between Genie and pensioner Ada, who starts as a customer, becomes a lifeline for both women. Throw in some dashing locals who set their heart on helping Genie and a furious grandson who is out to protect his grandmother, and you have a sizzling story full of sunshine, secrets and finding love when you least expect it.
How does the book involves second chances?
Genie, is a feisty young woman who has been dealt a cruel blow by her family. She wants to take over the business and prove that it can be a success without them. It's her chance to show the world that she has skills, even though she failed her school exams by working so many hours in the family business. Grieving widow, Ada, is living in the past, but a chance encounter with Genie gives her hope and a spark ignites for a brighter future. Both women cling to each other’s friendship and they fall into an adventure of saving the business and leaving loneliness and fear in the past.
The second chance element also brings love, romance and secrets from both Genie and Ada’s past. Ada’s grandson Cal flies in from America to protect his Gran from Genie and what he believes to be a terrible decision to invest in a run down seafront business, but his poking into Genie’s family history might be catastrophic for them all when he finds out why they sold up in the first place.
Congratulations, Lizzie! I have to say I’m really looking forward to this intriguing summer read. Here’s where you can get hold of your copy: viewbook.at/IceCreamShopByTheSea
International bestselling author Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, about women with unusual businesses, who are stronger than they realise.
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