Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Today I’m on the blog tour for The Bistro at Watersmeet bridge and am delighted to bring you a review and giveaway for this wonderful, feel good read!

the blurb

When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?

Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.

Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…

Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills, Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan. 

When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.

But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?

A feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.

Where to buy: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my review

This is a fabulous, feel good read in a beautiful setting!

Olivia works for her Dad and is desperate for the opportunity to run her own restaurant but has never been given the chance.  Until her Dad buys a small failing bistro in Devon.  When she arrives, she meets Finn – the previous owner of the bistro who is staying on as a chef, as per the deal her Dad struck when he purchased.

Although it seems that they may be in for a bumpy ride, they soon realise they have a common goal – to see the bistro succeed.  Despite taking a number of risks, things start to look up, but then they are hit with a bombshell and it appears that the bistro will once again be sold on….

But can they pull together and save the bistro? And will their mutual attraction for each other turn into something more?

I really enjoyed this.  Olivia appears to be a straight talking, frosty business woman, set out to achieve her goal.  But she’s this way for a number of reasons, and as time moves on she thaws out and we start to see the real her; and you can’t help but love her.  I fell in love with Finn from the beginning, and his passion for his restaurant.  He’s put some much blood, sweat and tears into it that you really want him to succeed.  The supporting characters are fantastic – especially the people in Devon.  There’s a real community spirit which is wonderful.  And even some of the thorny, mean people in this story come round in the end!

Julie’s description of the places and scenes in this are fantastic; they’re so authentic and well described that you can’t not bring them to life in your head.  I could just SEE the bistro and the beautiful setting it’s in.  I just wanted to get in the car and go to Devon to see it for myself!

Not only is this a story of romance, but also of second chances and the rebuilding of damaged relations.  A beautiful story of love, family, heartbreak, friends, community, passion and resilience.

This is the perfect, emotive summer read that comes highly recommended by me!



about the author

Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. Julie’s next novel, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, will be out in summer 2019. If you’d like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here: https://mailchi.mp/f3a7d28c0ab8/julie-stockcouk. As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the From Here to You series, for free.

You can connect with Julie via her website – www.julie-stock.co.uk, on Twitter – @wood_beez48, via her Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/JulieStockAuthor, and on Instagram – @julie.stockauthor. Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

When she is not writing, she works in communications. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

tour hosted by

Rachel’s Random Resources

Massive thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Julie and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

UK Giveaway

Win Signed copy of The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridget and goodies 

The prize will contain

  • Signed paperback,
  • Notebook with front cover on
  • Postcard magnet with front cover on
  • Bookmark with front cover on
  • Bag of Devon fudge

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Good luck lovelies, and have a wonderful day!

Chelle x

One Reply to “Blog Blitz, Review and Giveaway: The Bistro and Watersmeet Bridge by Julie Stock”

  1. Thanks so much, Chelle, for this wonderful review of The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it. I really appreciate your lovely words 🙂

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