Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream by Sue Watson

What They Say.....Dani’s on a mission to get her life back on track by the end of the Summer. Running, rowing, aerobics and more, but perhaps all she needs are sweet treats and a second chance? 

Twenty years ago, Dani fled Appledore with a broken-heart and a suitcase full of shattered dreams. Only now is she brave enough to put her past behind her and return for a summer selling homemade ice-cream and getting fit by doing sit-ups by the sea. 

But the new-look cafe is filled with old memories of Jude, her teenage sweetheart-turned-sour. She thinks of him every time she swirls warm sauce onto a “chocolate-bockaglory” and even with the help of Chris, her gorgeous personal trainer, the urge to break her diet is everywhere she turns. 

When Jude makes an appearance at the cafe on the eve of Dani’s birthday party, history threatens to repeat itself. Is Dani strong enough to say no? And is the love she’s been longing for much closer than she thinks? 

What I Say.....Super cute read - just straight chick lit, which is my favorite in the summer.  There is nothing more relaxing that floating in the pool reading a story that you know will end up on a good note.  It's a great way to relax after a long week of work.

Dani ran away from her hometown years ago, leaving all memories of her alcoholic mother and cruel boyfriend behind.  But she hasn't found happiness anywhere else so she decides to return to the town she loves.

With her birthday fast approaching, Dani decides to make some changes.  She is tired of being a fat girl working in an ice cream shop, wondering what everyone is thinking about her.  So she sets a goal to slim down before her birthday party, hopefully making her ex-boyfriend rue the day he gave her up.

Dani joins a local gym and promptly embarasses herself multiple times.  But she keeps going, supported by the gym's owner and trainer.  Dani keeps up her self-deprecating humor, but Chris sees through it and refuses to let her make fun of herself. 

As Dani begins to make diet changes, her confidence grows, even though she makes a ill advised interview with a local journalist who has her pose for some awkward photos that show just how much she likes ice cream......

Her birthday has arrived, and the ex-boyfriend is around, showing interest in rekindling their relationship, but now Dani isn't sure that her goals are the same.

Watching Dani's journey, surrounded by her eccentric but loving tribe made for a very good weekend.   I laughed a little, cheered on her fitness journey and enjoyed her happy ending.

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