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- Publisher: Bookouture (June 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XX5SL3K
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Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream: The perfect feel good holiday romance (The Ice-Cream Cafe Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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First off, this is THE PERFECT summer book! Not just because there's tons of ice creams flavours mentioned (OK, that's a big bonus), or even because it's set in a beautiful, picturesque place by the sea, Appledore. In my opinion, what makes this book the perfect summer read is that strong feel good factor that oozes through the pages and that effortless humour which is undoubtedly Sue's forte. It's definitely one of the wittiest and most fun books I've ever read and though I already loved every single book Sue's written, this one was sheer brilliance. It's actually the book I wish I had written (Ha! IF only I had Sue's talent).
'Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice-Cream' is the second installment in The Ice Cream series, and while I really enjoyed the first one and could feel this will be a terrific series, this book simply exceeded all my expectations. Once again we're back in beautiful Appledore where we also meet some of the characters from the first book (Ella and her cousin Gina, who own Caprioni's Ice-Cream Cafe and amazing Sue is there too). I loved reading about Ella and seeing how life turned out for her. However, the main character in this book is Dani, the assistant manager at Caprioni's. Dani is simply brilliant! Think of Jemima J approaching her 40s. She's the ultimate chick lit heroine, upbeat, single and with such zest for life (and ice creams). She's a big foodie, always has been. Chips, chocolate, doughnuts, and of course ice cream is on her daily menu. She's always been on the plus size, however there's a big reason why she's so much into comfort food. Now she's approaching 40 and wants to finally solve this problem. 40 is the new 20 (or so they say) and is there a better way to reclaim the power in your life (and get your revenge for the broken heart) than by becoming an attractive and stylish adult?
Each of the chapters is named after a diet she's tried in her life (and boy, she's tried so many of them!) and starts with a Diary entry which will make you laugh out loud. As in all of Sue's books, there's a message for every woman out there, a message that will warm your hearts. As we follow Dani's story, from one failed diet to the next, one gym injury to the next, through tears and laughter we get to realize (once again) that there's more to life than having the 'perfect' body. And what's a perfect body anyway? We all definite it differently, right?
Yet as light as this book is, it still speaks about many important subjects such as self love (or the lack of it) and body shaming (which we see so often in today's society). Everywhere we go we're bombarded by these skinny and unhealthy girls looking at us from the cover of those glossy magazines and our culture demands we follow their example. Many times those who don't follow this trend are mocked and bullied in such horrific ways it scars their personality for life. Through Dani, Sue speaks on behalf of many women out there, women who just want to be accepted. This is why I think many women will be able to connect to Dani on so many levels and cheer for her from the start. She's such a lovable character and definitely one of my fave book heroines.
This is also one of these rare books where I liked all the characters (except for Jude) and all of them were so interesting. I really wish I get to see more of Karla, she's Dani's BFF and one fantastic lady. She's always there for Dani and has been her biggest support for the last two decades. I absolutely loved their bond, how strong it is and how much they accept each other's differences.
If you were wondering if there's any romance, oh yes there is. It's Classic Sue Watson so the romance is gradually built and will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. But there will be some drama too, so I won't say anything more to spoil it for you.
This is one hell of a gorgeous summer book and if you're looking for something light and easy, yet a book that will make you feel so so soooo good, this is definitely the one. Sue really sets the bar high this time and I can't wait to see what will be happening in Appledore next. While I was extremely sad to say bye to Dani, I have fingers crossed tightly she makes another appearance in some of Sue's other books. Yup, she totally got under my skin! Witty, delicious yet absolutely calorie-free, this is definitely Sue's best book yet. Even if you haven't read the first part in the series, you can easily jump into this one. I promise, you're going to love it.
Dani isn't happy with herself. She's overweight and doesn't like the way she looks at all. That's why she tries the local gym, where Chris, the owner, offers to train her. Her aim is to lose as much weight as she can before her fortieth birthday. Will Dani be able to resist the temptation of delicious ice cream whenever she wants while she's at work and will she indeed feel better when she trains more and eats less? Does she actually need someone else's approval or does it only matter how she feels about herself? Will she learn to enjoy life and be proud of who she is both on the inside and the outside?
Dani is training with Chris and this gives her the chance to get back in shape, but Dani has some other issues to work on as well. Her past keeps influencing her decisions and behavior. She has a lot of pain and self loathing to deal with and exercising is just one of the ways she can start feeling better about herself. I liked that she has so much support from people who love her because of who she is and not because of what she weighs. I liked her cheerful personality and impulsiveness and often had to laugh while reading Sue Watson's fantastic dialogue. I kept my fingers crossed that Dani would eventually see what a wonderful person she is and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out if she'd find the happiness she deserves.
Sue Watson writes about a sensitive topic, dieting, in a beautiful honest and sympathetic way. Due to her detailed descriptions of feelings and doubts she managed to make me understand what Dani is going through very well. The emotions she focuses on are realistic and I liked the way she addresses the subject of not being comfortable in your own body and having to lose weight. She writes about the struggles with food, the reasons behind Dani's eating patterns, the shame, the insecurity, the cravings and the happy memories in a fantastic believable way and I was greatly impressed by the many amazing layers of her story. Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream has a lot of depth and the many unexpected twists and turns kept surprising me.
Sue Watson writes about women with plenty of insecurities. When they look critically at their existence they find a certain emptiness and with a little help from their friends they decide to change their lives and feel empowered when they start achieving their goals. I absolutely love that about all of Sue Watson's books. Her vivid writing style, knowledge of her subjects, sense of humor and creative themes stand out and they always make me want to read more. She combines this with mouthwatering descriptions of food, gorgeous men and sparkling romance. I absolutely loved Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream and highly recommend this terrific humoristic story.