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Summary

A warm welcome awaits...

The charming new arrival from the number one best-selling 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....

©2017 Cressida McLaughlin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A lovely, warm gem of a series that stays with you...I loved it." (Alexandra Brown)
"Like a lovely warm hug in a book." (Kirsty Greenwood)
"Warm and wonderful...bursting with characters you'll adore." (Miranda Dickinson)

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Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, although a little predictable at times.
reader was easy to listen too.

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A good life after death

Ever since listening to mothers hour in the 50’s with my mother and watching The Darling Buds... in the TV series, I’ve been a sucker for these gentle, twee country/ seaside stories. This is a good one with a well thought out story line that doesn’t get boring or too sappy. Well recommended for a few hours of happy reading . Great narration as well !!

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A slow-starter for me, glad I persevered.

I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. I found the narration very slow at the beginning and was so close to stopping and refunding it. I'm really pleased I persevered. I felt that the narrator, Emma Tate, read the story way too slowly at the start which made me question whether the writing was bad or the narration was too obvious and intentional.
This seemed to find a natural speed and flow as the book progressed and I ended up enjoying Emma's performance immensely and found Cressida McLaughlin's story to be very sweet and romantic.
I do recommend this book. I found the description of the beach rather relaxing and became quite pensive while imagining it.

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Bland formulaic

I stopped listening after an hour but decided to give it another chance. I actually finished listening but just couldn't get interested. I just found the whole book flat. not a particularly useful review but there we are.

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Great book - lovely story

Loved the story but was put off a wee bit by the narration - it was cut, so that the natural pause between sentences was missing most of the time. Felt a bit rushed. Lovely story though. Love this author.

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A descriptive writing masterclass but that's it!

A slow, steady story. Nothing spectacular. Makes you want to live by the sea, but was underwhelmed unfortunately.

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I loved it,just wanted to be there by the sea and the guest house too.

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Sadly not for me! Finding it hard to get through this book! Too mushy for me even with the few twists!

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I was recommended to a couple of authors. I am really not enjoying their books or the narrator.

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A very disappointing experience

This. was not an easy book to listen to. IIT quickly became the audible version of watching paint dry. The storyline was all but non existent and the narrator even seemed bored.

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  • Jan
  • 09-08-18

The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse

The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse. I am really trying to read this book just having so much difficulty. It is basically boring and I cannot get into it have tried and tried. Giving it up.

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  • Tina Oberson
  • 09-08-17

Blue Moon Guesthouse

Loved it! Sweet story about small town living, neighbor's & friend's there for each other through every day pleasures and struggles.

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  • SBWaltman
  • 14-04-18

Too Sweet and Sappy, Cheesy Narration Style

I’m sorry to be writing an unfavorable review. It just wasn’t very good. The narrator made the characters speak like people in a Micky Mouse Club skit—over the top cheesy, like injecting a cutesy laugh into a sentence, and other grating things. Writing “read” like a voice-over, repeating the plot turns over and over in leu (sp?) of developing their actual thoughts and ideas. We knew every single thing which was going to happen, then heard about it about 3 times at least. I’m sorry, I just don’t want anyone else to waste a credit. Sometimes a good story overcomes narration but not true in this case.