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A warm welcome awaits…the charming new arrival from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat Cafe.Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she’s set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse. Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn’t take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeove A warm welcome awaits…the charming new arrival from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat Cafe.Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she’s set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse. Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn’t take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeover. Perhaps throwing herself into the task will help to heal her sadness at the tragic end to her dreams in London. As she gives the guesthouse a new lease of life, Robin encounters old friends and new, including old flame Tim, who’d clearly like to reboot their romance. But what about Will, the new arrival at No. 4, who’s rocked up with the cutest dog ever? Caught up in a flurry of full-English breakfasts and cream teas, Robin’s never sure what, or who, the next check-in will bring…This is the first part of a four-part serial.


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A warm welcome awaits…the charming new arrival from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat Cafe.Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she’s set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse. Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn’t take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeove A warm welcome awaits…the charming new arrival from the No.1 bestselling author of The Canal Boat Cafe.Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she’s set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse. Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn’t take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeover. Perhaps throwing herself into the task will help to heal her sadness at the tragic end to her dreams in London. As she gives the guesthouse a new lease of life, Robin encounters old friends and new, including old flame Tim, who’d clearly like to reboot their romance. But what about Will, the new arrival at No. 4, who’s rocked up with the cutest dog ever? Caught up in a flurry of full-English breakfasts and cream teas, Robin’s never sure what, or who, the next check-in will bring…This is the first part of a four-part serial.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    This is a great introduction to this new series. It is a fun and romantic book. About seaside, friendship, old flames, love, romance, family, and renovating old guest houses. It had wonderful links to other books that the author has written to which I loved. When Robins best friend and partner in once a blue moon days events and holiday organising company dies at a young age. Robin doesn't know how to carry on with the company alone because Neve would be the one to bring in new clients ect. Robi This is a great introduction to this new series. It is a fun and romantic book. About seaside, friendship, old flames, love, romance, family, and renovating old guest houses. It had wonderful links to other books that the author has written to which I loved. When Robins best friend and partner in once a blue moon days events and holiday organising company dies at a young age. Robin doesn't know how to carry on with the company alone because Neve would be the one to bring in new clients ect. Robin decides to return home to Campion Bay where her parents own a guest house. Although once there her parents tell her that they cannot keep up with the rat race and have decided to retire aboard. Robin cannot let the guest house where she grew up and has so many memories to go to wreck and ruin and so with the help of some inheritance from her grandmother. Her friends and parents hard work and determination they update the hotel into a Posh guest house. With each room having its own theme. It sounds heavenly. I would definitely love to stay in statcross and gaze at the stars. Robin is determined to make it a success for her parents and for Neve. While being back in Campion brings back lots of memories. It also brings Tim back into her life. Her first love who broke her heart badly when they were younger. Being back in town stirs up feelings between them that she thought were long gone. However Tim is a real estate person who wants to change the landscape of the seaside into expensive holiday let's and shopping villages. Is their reunion all it appears to be on the surface or does Tim have an ulterior motive? Then Will stumbles onto the scene he claims to be a relative of an old friend of Robins family whose house is next door to the guest house. Will is back in town to make sure that his families house doesn't turn into luxury apartments. But no one has heard of him before and the old lady never mentioned having any grandchildren and no one came to visit. Is Will all he claims to be? Or is he just trying to claim inheritance that isn't his? Robin is stuck in a love triangle but who is the right man for her? And will the guest house be a success? I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series as I really enjoyed this opening book. I love books about the sea and guesthouses/restaurants ect so this series is right up my street. I have already enjoyed lots of books by this author and they always put a smile on my face. Great for fans who love chick lit, romance and contemporary romance. Be sure to check this series out. Happy reading everyone

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eve beinguniquebooks

    In this book we see Robin return to her hometown where her parents want to leave to go abroad to live, leaving their guesthouse business to Robin to run and turn around as business is dire she sets to work with gusto wanting to keep it going. With her best friend Molly by her side, she also has to face her cheating ex Tim but as a newcomer next door Will,with his dog arrive they may just change Robin's world... This was a great first part to this story and made me want to read on and discover if t In this book we see Robin return to her hometown where her parents want to leave to go abroad to live, leaving their guesthouse business to Robin to run and turn around as business is dire she sets to work with gusto wanting to keep it going. With her best friend Molly by her side, she also has to face her cheating ex Tim but as a newcomer next door Will,with his dog arrive they may just change Robin's world... This was a great first part to this story and made me want to read on and discover if the hotel survives, who Robin falls for, what Tim will do to cause trouble and had so much action for only around a hundred pages!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sarene

    Cute and fun! No descriptive sex scenes, but rather a budding romance and a lot of likeable side characters with their own backstories and adventures. It was a bit too predictable at times, but as I enjoyed the rather down to earth main characters (even though the main character used to run a luxury event business she isn't all about champagne and Chanel) I didn't mind it much. Lovely setting, both in the landscape and the Guesthouse, nice community, an all around heart warming "feel good" book! Ex Cute and fun! No descriptive sex scenes, but rather a budding romance and a lot of likeable side characters with their own backstories and adventures. It was a bit too predictable at times, but as I enjoyed the rather down to earth main characters (even though the main character used to run a luxury event business she isn't all about champagne and Chanel) I didn't mind it much. Lovely setting, both in the landscape and the Guesthouse, nice community, an all around heart warming "feel good" book! Extra points from me for a cute dog and a kitten! Definitely will read more by the same author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Any book that has the publication date as Christmas Day, is already earning brownie points in my eyes! I pre-ordered this book even before the author had shared her news on social media (eagle-eyed you see!). It wasn't until AFTER I pre-ordered it that I released it would be pinging onto my kindle on Christmas Day! Exciting! I'm sure you're pretty aware by now that I could not wait to get stuck into this book; I just hop All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Any book that has the publication date as Christmas Day, is already earning brownie points in my eyes! I pre-ordered this book even before the author had shared her news on social media (eagle-eyed you see!). It wasn't until AFTER I pre-ordered it that I released it would be pinging onto my kindle on Christmas Day! Exciting! I'm sure you're pretty aware by now that I could not wait to get stuck into this book; I just hoped my excitement would continue to shout loud and proud. At first, it took me a little longer than I expected, to get into the storyline and be wooed. There seemed to be a lot of character interaction to begin with, and a little less storyline action itself. However, after pausing Mcdreamy and Meredith Grey on my T.V, the Once In A Blue Moon Guesthouse got my full attention and before I knew it, the book had ended. Seeing as this is book one of four, it goes without saying that there will be a lot of unanswered questions at this stage in regards to individual characters and their circumstances. I for one am excited to get those answers. A couple of the characters in particular, gauged my attention more than others. I won't say who they are just yet as I want to see if that changes throughout the next three books. Cressida has gotten this series off to a flying start and her eye for detail is outstanding. The way the author described each room in the guesthouse, even down to certain lights, was unbelievable. Such vivid and enchanting descriptions, I really do think those rooms should become painted postcards! After my initial slow start to the book, my heart was rather cosy by the end and I am really looking forward to finding out what happens next! Open For Business (The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse, book one) is available to download now in e-book from Amazon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anitajt

    Loved this story, but really don't want to buy in instalments- why split one story into four parts? Loved this story, but really don't want to buy in instalments- why split one story into four parts?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Verity W

    Another fun start to a serialised novel from Cressida McLaughlin. I know Cress (a little) in real life so it's always fun to read what she's been up to (and I do pay for them, they're not freebies). This centres around a young woman returning to her home town to take over her parents' guest house. It sets up a lot - but with enough story and resolution of it's own as well. Another fun start to a serialised novel from Cressida McLaughlin. I know Cress (a little) in real life so it's always fun to read what she's been up to (and I do pay for them, they're not freebies). This centres around a young woman returning to her home town to take over her parents' guest house. It sets up a lot - but with enough story and resolution of it's own as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    A light and easy read. At times it felt heavy with descriptions that maybe could have been more tightly edited but having said that, I did finish the book. So for a story to escape with it has something to offer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yassy

    A really enjoyable, sweet read. I will look out for the next novella in this four part series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    andreagaines

    relaxing A very good book to read when you are chilling out before sleep i fell asleep a few times reading it

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    What a delightful read! Well written and such fun. I didn't realise this was a serialization, what a treat. Can't wait to read the next installment. What a delightful read! Well written and such fun. I didn't realise this was a serialization, what a treat. Can't wait to read the next installment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Annie Chairez

    Bored I could not get into the characters. Did not get my attention. Was bored! Will not recommend the reading of this book to friends.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Staceywh_17

    I love Cressidas little novellas. Just the perfect size to devour over a cup of coffee ☕ Looking forward to the next instalment.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    great

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sheerie

    4.5 out of 5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen Larvin

    Another lovely story It doesn't take long to feel part of the characters of this book. As with all of Cressida McLaughlin's stories they become your friends. You can't wait to get to the end to see how it finishes but you don't want it to end. I've enjoyed all of her books and find them hard to put down. They cheer up any rainy day and also a perfect read for a lazy sunny afternoon in the garden. Another lovely story It doesn't take long to feel part of the characters of this book. As with all of Cressida McLaughlin's stories they become your friends. You can't wait to get to the end to see how it finishes but you don't want it to end. I've enjoyed all of her books and find them hard to put down. They cheer up any rainy day and also a perfect read for a lazy sunny afternoon in the garden.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    . Enjoyable first part of a new series by this author. I look forward to reading the next instalments as they are released.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    loved it

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sherran

  19. 4 out of 5

    kelly smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    michael bolton

  21. 5 out of 5

    kev and jules

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Strong

  24. 5 out of 5

    DonnaMaynes

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Morrison

  26. 4 out of 5

    babs mcinrue

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne Gilholme

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Beanlands

  29. 4 out of 5

    DiDi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate Burton

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