Today I’m on the blog tour for Bedlam and Breakfast…..honestly if you’ve ever thought about running a B&B this is enough to put you off!!
Katie is desperate to leave her stressful job, so she doesn’t think too hard about moving to Devon to run a B&B, even if it means uprooting her family. She is certain that she and Jason have a strong and loving relationship which can weather any storm.
Hooked by the beauty of Torringham with its quaint harbour and stunning coastline, they purchase Flotsam Guesthouse which needs more than a lick of paint to keep it afloat. Soon, Katie finds that renovating and running a guesthouse is taking its toll, especially when dealing with challenging guests and madcap neighbours, Shona and Kim. Katie comes to learn that trouble is afoot whenever Shona begs a favour.
However, when her adored daughter moves back to their old hometown, she wonders if they’ve made a huge mistake, especially when cracks begin to show in her marriage.
Her seaside idyll is crumbling along with her relationship. Should she let Flotsam Guesthouse founder while she salvages her marriage? Katie needs to decide where her priorities lie. The only issue is, she doesn’t know.
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Honestly, at times this book had me cringing!! The story follows Katie and Jason as they move hundreds of miles away and start running a B&B that they’ve bought. Even their first day is nuts!
I don’t really want to say much about the story in the review….it has to be read for itself! But it takes us on a journey of new friendships, the worry and ache of being away from loved ones, rude people, nutty (but fun!) neighbours, police visits, that moment when you start questioning whether you’ve made the right decision, and relationship issues. Will the constant pressure of running a B&B cause a rift so big in their marriage that it can’t be saved? What sneaky (and funny!) things will their neighbours get up to next? What will the hotel inspector think?
There are so many funny moments throughout this….you just KNOW that although these characters are fictional, there really are guests like these out there! Scott is a guesthouse owner herself and dreaming up some of these characters must have been brilliant. I know for a FACT that there is no way I could deal with them!! But the way Katie and Jason manage is brilliant, and Bedlam & Breakfast will most certainly have you chuckling out loud!
about the author….
While ‘Bedlam & Breakfast at a Devon Seaside Guesthouse’ is fictional, I am a guesthouse owner. Thankfully, we have been blessed with lots of amazing and kind-hearted guests, who are nothing like some of the characters featured in this novel and the subsequent books in the series. I would be a lot greyer if they were.
Likewise, Jason is quite different to my husband, who I sometimes nickname Victor Meldrew. He is lovely though and has a fab sense of humour, although some of his dryness has rubbed off on Jason.
Bedlam & Breakfast is set in South Devon, in the fictional town of Torringham, which is loosely based on Brixham. If you’ve been to Brixham you may recognise some of the local features, including the seals, fishing industry and the fantastic lifeboat crew, but the businesses, people and a number of settings are fictionalised.
The same applies to the B&B owners featured. Many guesthouse owners undertake work when they move into a property and our current B&B was not an exception. While, thankfully, our previous owners were nothing like Jim and Maureen, this also means we don’t get to live next door to the fabulous Shona and Kim. But we do have many lovely B&B friends. B&Bers are a wonderful and hardworking bunch, although the ones we know have a perchant for parties in the low season. That’s why I had to end Bedlam & Breakfast at a party.
As always, check out the other bloggers reviews too:
Thank you to the author and to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All views are my own and I’m not affiliated with any links in this post.
Have a great Monday!