Meet the author with Lizzie Chantree
I’m thrilled to have friend and fellow author Lizzie Chantree here today, introducing her latest book, The Little Ice Cream Shop by the Sea.
Lizzie is an entrepreneur herself and her novels always feature feisty businesswomen making their way in the world – and finding love along the way. I love this story because it includes all of that – and ice cream, too. Plus I love the seaside vibe. Here’s Lizzie talking about her book:
Love the cover, Lizzie! Tell us a bit about your novel?
The little ice cream shop by the sea is about a close family who run a seaside business buried in tradition, but a sudden incident throws them into turmoil and they all try to cope with the repercussions in their own way. The main character Genie doesn’t know why her family suddenly decides to sell the family business that she’s worked in since before she left school, but she’s determined that they won’t throw away her heritage so easily and fights to make them stay.
The friendship between Genie and pensioner Ada, who starts as a customer, becomes a lifeline for both women. Throw in some dashing locals who set their heart on helping Genie and a furious grandson who is out to protect his grandmother, and you have a sizzling story full of sunshine, secrets and finding love when you least expect it.
What inspired you to write this story? Are your characters based on anyone?
I was inspired to write the story from being in a seaside restaurant and seeing an elderly lady come in and become visibly upset. The young waitress jumped up to help the lady and they chatted for a while. When the first lady left, I asked the waitress if her friend was ok and she mentioned that they’d just met, but that she was ok now. This made me think how a beautiful friendship can come from an act of kindness and the story for The little ice cream shop by the sea, began to form in my mind.
Sounds great, Lizzie. Where can people find the book?
From the international bestselling author of If you love me, I’m yours, Ninja School Mum and Babe Driven.
Genie’s family is in crisis. Their seafront business is failing with the loss of Genie’s grandmother and her legendary ice cream flavours. Genie is determined to be the one to save her family’s heritage, but suddenly her mother wants to sell to developers and leave their shared history behind.
Buying the business and taking on a sixty-eight-year-old business partner, Ada, with a mysterious past and a gorgeous but distracting grandson, Genie sets out to prove her parents wrong.
Ada’s grandson, Cal, wants to protect his gran from ‘pensioner persuader’ Genie, but soon realises that living in a little seaside town and away from the paparazzi in Hollywood can actually give him time to heal his own wounds. But his meddling might also ruin Ada’s second chance at love.
Hiring a private detective and learning about Genie’s parents’ past makes Cal regret his own impulsiveness. The information he has unearthed could destroy their blossoming romance and turn Genie’s world upside down.
Genie soon discovers that friends can become enemies, and even your closest family may not always tell the truth.
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