Hey! I'm back with a Summer book suggestion today- THE LITTLE KIOSK BY THE SEA by Jennifer Bohnet. I'm currently reading this book, which I've been really enjoying so far. This book was initially published in 2015 as an eBook, but now it's out in paperback copies too with a new stylish cover. Please scroll down to read a guest post, in which the author talks about her love for the seaside town Dartmouth, where this story takes place and also for a chance to win the paperback bundle.
One summer they’ll never forget…
Meet Sabine, desperately fighting to save her little kiosk from closure whilst turning down her friend Owen’s proposals, time and time again.
Cue Harriet, returning to Dartmouth after thirty years, haunted by the scandal that drove her away and shocked by a legacy that threatens her relationship with her journalist daughter.
Enter Rachel, the mysterious newcomer who has an unexpected chemistry with a local widower, and who sets in motion a chain of events she could never have predicted…
One thing’s for sure, as the autumn tide turns, there’ll be more than one secret laid bare!
I LOVE DARTMOUTH
The Little Kiosk By The Sea is set in and around Dartmouth, South Devon which is one of my favourite places in the world. It’s such a special place.
It’s the place where, many years ago, while on holiday I met my husband, and where just three months later we spent our honeymoon. Fast forward just another 6 months and we bought our first house there.
This is the boat-float in the centre of town. The tower behind the row of buildings belongs to the ancient church that still has rings in part of its old wall where boats tied up when it was actually closer to the river. The small kiosk on the left hand side is typical of several kiosks placed along the embankment and is a sister to Sabine’s kiosk in my book. The white building just visible on the right of the photo is part of the 17th century Royal Castle Hotel where American ‘BB’ stays when he first arrives in Dartmouth researching his family tree and looking to buy a yacht to sail back home.
Dartmouth is full of history, a lot of which obviously stems from the river and its deep water harbour. Chaucer even gives the town a mention in his in Canterbury Tales -
‘A schipman was ther, wonyng fer by weste;
For ought I wost,he was of Dertemouthe’
From the Pilgrim Fathers setting sail in the Mayflower and the Speedwell, Sir Walter Raleigh and Spanish treasure, The Royal Naval College on the hill overlooking the town and river, through to the Americans and the preparations for D-day. So much history, so many secrets hidden in its ancient buildings and streets. Walking through narrow town lanes, up flights of steps that were originally conduits for water, makes me realise how the past is always there, influencing the future and the present.
Dartmouth’s ancient narrow street layout hemmed in by its medieval buildings struggles in summer to cope with modern day traffic and crowds but people still come and fall in love with the place. There is a real sense of community about the town and in my book I’ve tried to get a flavour of that over to the reader. The Little Kiosk is a book about secrets and relationships where characters lives entwine and change amid long lost secrets and hurt from the past. As one of the book’s tag lines says: One thing’s for sure, as the autumn tide turns, there’ll be more than one secret laid bare.
For lots of reasons Dartmouth is a place that captures your heart - and believe me once that happens you’ll never forget the place.
Meet the Author- JENNIFER BOHNET
I’m English but I’ve lived in France for the past 17 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard my husband was a guardian for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture shock to say the least! When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch - lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours. The Little Kiosk By The Sea is set in my absolute favourite place in England, Dartmouth South Devon, where we lived for several years before moving to France.