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Heartbroken after breaking up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jed, even baking in her beloved Cupcake Café while the summer sun’s shining on Berecombe Beach can’t cheer Millie up! So it’s time to bring in the big guns – her best friend, Dora. But when Dora arrives, it’s clear she’s busy licking her own wounds and Millie can only watch as her friend falls head over heels for an Heartbroken after breaking up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jed, even baking in her beloved Cupcake Café while the summer sun’s shining on Berecombe Beach can’t cheer Millie up! So it’s time to bring in the big guns – her best friend, Dora. But when Dora arrives, it’s clear she’s busy licking her own wounds and Millie can only watch as her friend falls head over heels for an old flame. With everyone around her finding love, should Millie give Jed the second chance he’s been asking for, or has the time come for a fresh start away from Berecombe?


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Heartbroken after breaking up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jed, even baking in her beloved Cupcake Café while the summer sun’s shining on Berecombe Beach can’t cheer Millie up! So it’s time to bring in the big guns – her best friend, Dora. But when Dora arrives, it’s clear she’s busy licking her own wounds and Millie can only watch as her friend falls head over heels for an Heartbroken after breaking up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Jed, even baking in her beloved Cupcake Café while the summer sun’s shining on Berecombe Beach can’t cheer Millie up! So it’s time to bring in the big guns – her best friend, Dora. But when Dora arrives, it’s clear she’s busy licking her own wounds and Millie can only watch as her friend falls head over heels for an old flame. With everyone around her finding love, should Millie give Jed the second chance he’s been asking for, or has the time come for a fresh start away from Berecombe?

30 review for Summer Loves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    4 - "Right pair, aren't we?" Stars! I really enjoyed the first novella in the Millie Vanilla Cupcake Café series, so it was great to go back to the seaside town of Berecombe and have a Summer catch up with some of them. You could probably read this installment without getting confused too much about who was who, but I would recommend that you read the first novella if you can, as it gives you the beginnings of Jed and Millie’s relationship, and also gives the reasonings as to why it is at the stag 4 - "Right pair, aren't we?" Stars! I really enjoyed the first novella in the Millie Vanilla Cupcake Café series, so it was great to go back to the seaside town of Berecombe and have a Summer catch up with some of them. You could probably read this installment without getting confused too much about who was who, but I would recommend that you read the first novella if you can, as it gives you the beginnings of Jed and Millie’s relationship, and also gives the reasonings as to why it is at the stage it is in this novella. "I’d forgotten how good snogging in a car could be." But this novella also focuses on newly returned residents Dora and Mike, the former from a successful acting career in the U.S, and the latter a successful directing career in the theatre. This is a couple with a past, and that is bought firmly to the fore when they find themselves involved with a production of Persuasion being bought to the towns run-down theatre. Mike as director is trying to bring some money into the theatre for desperately needed repairs, Dora for the same reason, but also to keep busy. "There’s something about you that makes me behave in a very ungentlemanly fashion." I took a while to warm to Dora to be honest, she was a bit of a self-entitled cow at the beginning, but once the author gives you a little more insight into the past relationship between her and Mike, you can understand why she’s a tad prickly around him. "You don’t have a bad side… Never did." The four POVs from Millie, Jed, Mike and Dora, keep the story moving along and it’s essentially two stories running concurrently. I am a little frustrated with the Millie and Jed side of the equation, and hope that the author, gives them a little more page time and a chance to work things out in the final novella; Christmas Weddings due for release in September. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review in exchange.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    Excellent to go back to the lovely Devon village and hear more about Millie's cafe. She had just at the end of part one said she didn't want to be with Jed as he worked for the large cafe chain that is still threatening her cafe. We also hear about new characters Dora and mike Dora is an actress who has been in America after her parents wanted her away from mike and to become an actress but her series she's been in has come to an end so she comes back to Devon. She joins the theatre in the small Excellent to go back to the lovely Devon village and hear more about Millie's cafe. She had just at the end of part one said she didn't want to be with Jed as he worked for the large cafe chain that is still threatening her cafe. We also hear about new characters Dora and mike Dora is an actress who has been in America after her parents wanted her away from mike and to become an actress but her series she's been in has come to an end so she comes back to Devon. She joins the theatre in the small town and comes across an old flame and can they sort things out and can she be happy or does she want to head back to America. Millie sees that Jed has come back and she still has feeling for him and they slowly try to build their relationship up but does she learn something else out about him that makes her want to end it or can they be happy ever after. Her cafe is still in threat of closing and she's been working hard to keep it going and has people working for her so she cha try and have some time for her. Very well written and has you gripped to what will happen and you just have to keep reading. Very romantic no fun and set in such beautiful countryside well worth reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    An easy and light read! So glad I continued with the series. However to avoid confusions, I would recommend anyone interested to read book one prior to this because in that book you will be introduced to the characters in Millie's life. I love the settings, the characters, and the plot! I will definitely continue with the next book of the series. An easy and light read! So glad I continued with the series. However to avoid confusions, I would recommend anyone interested to read book one prior to this because in that book you will be introduced to the characters in Millie's life. I love the settings, the characters, and the plot! I will definitely continue with the next book of the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    A story told in four points of view, there are two romances winding their way through a story that focuses on a local play as a means to raise money. Newly returned residents of town, Mike and Dora, have left successful Hollywood careers to return home. There is a past between them, not always a happy one, and their story unfolds as they learn to work together in this new dynamic. Mike is the director and a bit difficult - as all are – because he sees the success of the production as a feather i A story told in four points of view, there are two romances winding their way through a story that focuses on a local play as a means to raise money. Newly returned residents of town, Mike and Dora, have left successful Hollywood careers to return home. There is a past between them, not always a happy one, and their story unfolds as they learn to work together in this new dynamic. Mike is the director and a bit difficult - as all are – because he sees the success of the production as a feather in his cap: raise money to refurbish the town’s theatre and whip a bunch of amateurs into shape. All will look good on his resume. Dora, returning afer a cancelled series is good friends with Millia, and not entirely certain she wants to work with Mike again for several reasons, but she makes it difficult to empathize with her at first: pulling Diva-like stunts, often to the chagrin and dismay of her friend Millie. But, all is not lost for Millie: she’s still stuck in to making her café a success, and while she’s thrilled to have her friend back, two things are weighing on her. There’s competition and her shop is truly past needing a makeover: but she is cash poor and work heavy. Add to that her continued concerns about her new maybe-love relationship with Jed, and her worries about his trustworthiness. With Dora about and needing friendly chatter and distraction, she’s completely focused on her work and can’t seem to find a way to make time for herself. Her moments with Jed, especially to work /move forward on their relationship, and to settle her own concerns about him seriously take a back seat to the drama surrounding the production and her friend Dora’s own situation. This was fun and clever with plenty of moments where it was easy to picture (or almost taste) the scene. The town comes alive with vivid descriptions and the addition of just about anything you might find in a small British town: a theatre, cafés, tea, Austen references and plenty of ambience. Food is also a character: Millie’s first love is baking and her creations are mentioned and described well enough to taste. While we see the gradual reforming of a relationship with Dora and her childhood first love Mike, we also get a taste of Millie and Jed’s relationship, but each falls into the background as the play, and all the issues that would arise with the production, including the fallout to the other characters takes the main stage. I’ve purchased the first and hope to read it soon, to discover Millie and Jed’s start: and can’t wait for the next. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this review copy. This is the second instalment of Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café series. This series is best read in order to understand the story properly. We are back in Berescombe and back with Millie and her Cupcake Café. We are introduced to new characters, mainly Dora and Mike. Dora is a successful Berescombe actress who has made her name as a soap star in the States. Unfortunately, her series has been cancelled and she returns home for a while Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this review copy. This is the second instalment of Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café series. This series is best read in order to understand the story properly. We are back in Berescombe and back with Millie and her Cupcake Café. We are introduced to new characters, mainly Dora and Mike. Dora is a successful Berescombe actress who has made her name as a soap star in the States. Unfortunately, her series has been cancelled and she returns home for a while and gets persuaded to star in Berescombe’s own theatre performance directed by her first love – the aptly named Mikey Love. I loved the first book, and felt that it was left on a bit of cliff-hanger between Millie and Jed. I was excited to receive this book and couldn’t wait to get stuck back into the ‘will they-won’t they’ storyline. I felt this instalment look a little longer to get into than what the first book did. It focussed more on Millie’s actress friend Dora and felt that you didn’t really get back on to the Millie/Jed storyline until well into the book. I did enjoy this book, but not as much as the first one. It felt, for me, that there was just too much Dora/Mike and not enough Millie/Jed. There was also not enough Cupcake Café!! In the first book, the setting of the café on the seafront was just as enticing as the romance building between Millie and Jed, but a lot of this book was based in the theatre, which wasn’t as exciting for me!! But, as before, the story is left on cliff-hanger and I can’t wait for the next and final instalment in Millie’s life!! I’m sure I will love the final part and it will wrap everything up nicely!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    I quite liked this second book of the Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café but not as much as the first book. I really like to be back in Millie's life and Jed's life. We also get to know Dora, Millie's friend and Dora's highschool sweetheart. The story was lovely but a bit too much focused to my liking on the theater play that Dora is working on. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. I quite liked this second book of the Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café but not as much as the first book. I really like to be back in Millie's life and Jed's life. We also get to know Dora, Millie's friend and Dora's highschool sweetheart. The story was lovely but a bit too much focused to my liking on the theater play that Dora is working on. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Truusje

    Summer Loves is the second book in a three-part series about Millie and her cupcake café. Confusingly, the story opens with Millie’s friend Dora meeting Mike, her boyfriend when they were teenagers, for the first time in ten years. In fact, I assumed that Dora and Mike’s romance was the focus of the book, with Millie and Jed’s as a secondary plot line. It wasn’t until I checked Goodreads after I finishing the book, that I realised the series is all about Millie. Which made me wonder why Dora and Summer Loves is the second book in a three-part series about Millie and her cupcake café. Confusingly, the story opens with Millie’s friend Dora meeting Mike, her boyfriend when they were teenagers, for the first time in ten years. In fact, I assumed that Dora and Mike’s romance was the focus of the book, with Millie and Jed’s as a secondary plot line. It wasn’t until I checked Goodreads after I finishing the book, that I realised the series is all about Millie. Which made me wonder why Dora and Mike were so prominently featured in this book. Like I said, confusing. So clearly the book suffers from a lack of focus. It also doesn’t work very well as a stand-alone. As I haven’t read the first instalment I had clearly missed quite a lot of drama involving Millie and Jed, and also some other characters. I really felt as if I didn’t have all the relevant information. As for the romances, Millie’s hasn’t been resolved yet, but I expect that’s going to happen in the third part of this series. Dora and Mike do find their HEA in this book, but I was not particularly impressed with their journey towards that point. As said, they haven’t seen each other in ten years, but they still love each other and realise they will never love anyone as much. The tiny bit of conflict there is, centres around a misunderstanding so small that just one line in a conversation could’ve solved it. Furthermore, I really don’t see why they still love each other that much. We’re told several times, but never shown. We’re also told some of their backstories but I don’t feel they were fleshed out enough. The reason why both Dora and Mike are back in the little seaside town is a play Mike is directing. It’s a performance of Persuasion, and of course there are lots of parallels with Dora and Mike. At the end there’s a problem with the theatre but of course Dora comes up with a solution. However, we never see how that works out. Very strange. There were also lots of little things that bothered me about this book. There were some punctuation errors and some very strange sentences. Besides, Millie and Jed kept using each other’s names in the dialogue. It made it so wooden, and – to be honest – very annoying. The setting is sweet and cute, and I supposed the author aimed to do the same for the romance. While I don’t mind that aren’t any explicit sex scenes, I felt the romances were underdeveloped and not quite believable. For me this book just didn’t work as well, but I’m sure other readers will be charmed by Millie and her friends. *** I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe in Berecombe is still open, but she has some serious competition and it isn't easy to keep her business afloat. Her cafe needs a makeover, but Millie doesn't have any funds. She took over the business after the death of her parents and has been running it ever since. When she met Jed she thought she'd met the love of her life, but she isn't sure if she can trust him. What will she do when he's back in her life once more? Dora finally has the chance to stay in her hom Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe in Berecombe is still open, but she has some serious competition and it isn't easy to keep her business afloat. Her cafe needs a makeover, but Millie doesn't have any funds. She took over the business after the death of her parents and has been running it ever since. When she met Jed she thought she'd met the love of her life, but she isn't sure if she can trust him. What will she do when he's back in her life once more? Dora finally has the chance to stay in her hometown for a while and is spending as much time as she can with her friend Millie. Dora's childhood sweetheart Mikey is visiting Berecombe as well. Mikey is a director and he's working on a theater show. Dora is a famous actress. She's on a break and auditions for Mikey's play. What will happen when they're back into each other's lives? Will they be able to forget the heartbreak of the past? Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe is a wonderful place to read about. Millie is kind, generous and talented and I loved reading about her life. Baking is her passion and I could easily picture her delicious creations. However, something is missing. Millie only works and has no time for herself. I kept hoping she'd find her spark back and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out what would happen between her and Jed. She deserves a chance at happiness more than anyone. Dora is an actress and in some ways she's spoiled. She's made a name for herself in America, but circumstances have brought her back to her hometown for a while. I liked reading about Millie's interesting friend a lot. They have a close connection and it was fun to find out more about their high school years. Mikey is Dora's true love, but so much has happened between them. It's a lot easier to reconnect with friends than with an old lover, but Dora certainly tries to mend fences. I admired her spirit and enjoyed reading about her adventures very much. Georgia Hill has chosen a great setting for her story. I love Berecombe and its inhabitants. Her vivid descriptions are making the place come to life incredibly well. It's a fun setting and I enjoyed reading about it again. Summer Loves has all the right ingredients for a sunny story, good weather, charm, cheerfulness, love, friendship and delicious food. I really liked this second Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe story and can't wait to read more about this fabulous setting and main character.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    After being introduced to the Cupcake Cafe, I was intrigued to see what would happen in the summer. Millie is on her own again after her Spring romance with rich boy Jed, but her cafe is surviving and so is she, especially when her school best friend returns to Berecombe unexpectedly. Dora, a successful actress returns home and finds Millie's love life in tatters. Determined to see her friend happy she doesn't expect her own heart to be threatened when someone from her past returns to challenge After being introduced to the Cupcake Cafe, I was intrigued to see what would happen in the summer. Millie is on her own again after her Spring romance with rich boy Jed, but her cafe is surviving and so is she, especially when her school best friend returns to Berecombe unexpectedly. Dora, a successful actress returns home and finds Millie's love life in tatters. Determined to see her friend happy she doesn't expect her own heart to be threatened when someone from her past returns to challenge and allure her. Dora and Mike's love story is poignant and steamy in equal measures and mirrors the theatre production they both find themselves involved with. Millie and Jed's path to true love is equally frustrating and seems unlikely to have a happy ending until Millie can trust Jed again. The older generation is determined not to be outdone in the romance stakes and provide much of the humour in this story, which seesaws between laughter and tears. Another cliffhanger ending makes reading the festive chapter of this story a must. I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    3.5 stars. What a charming second part of the Millie Vanilla's series. In this book we meet new characters and learn about new relationships. I will be honest and say I preferred Millie's part of the book - and her relationship with Jed - than I did Dora and Mike's story. I'm not sure why, maybe it was because the first book was all about Millie that I expected the second to be the same? But overall I definitely preferred Millie's story. I loved the growing relationship between Millie and Jed and 3.5 stars. What a charming second part of the Millie Vanilla's series. In this book we meet new characters and learn about new relationships. I will be honest and say I preferred Millie's part of the book - and her relationship with Jed - than I did Dora and Mike's story. I'm not sure why, maybe it was because the first book was all about Millie that I expected the second to be the same? But overall I definitely preferred Millie's story. I loved the growing relationship between Millie and Jed and even though Millie didn't think that they suited, I thought that they did! I found Jed to be so gentlemanly and romantic! He was very kind and loving towards Millie and isn't that what every chick lit reader wants to read? Their relationship developed hugely in this second part of Millie Vanilla's and I found their relationship interesting and really lovely. The story was easy to read and I really enjoyed it. Overall, I loved reading more about Millie's relationship with Jed (if you couldn't tell) and I found this book quite heartwarming. I'm looking forward to the next one to see where the story can go!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Grace J Reviewerlady

    It's very comforting to be back in Berecombe, thrust back into the life of Emilia Fudge and, this time round, her friend Dora. This novel continues Millie's story - with or without Jed is what all readers want to know - and also opens up the world of theatre in this seaside town as bad-boy-made-good Mikey Love returns to give something back to his roots; The story really moves forward in this second book without losing any of the great characters and fabulous setting - oh how much do we all want It's very comforting to be back in Berecombe, thrust back into the life of Emilia Fudge and, this time round, her friend Dora. This novel continues Millie's story - with or without Jed is what all readers want to know - and also opens up the world of theatre in this seaside town as bad-boy-made-good Mikey Love returns to give something back to his roots; The story really moves forward in this second book without losing any of the great characters and fabulous setting - oh how much do we all want to head to Berecombe for a holiday? Lots of happenings, ups and downs, sad moments and real laugh-out-loud ones make this an uplifting and completely entertaining read. This is a light-hearted, fun read which I have no hesitation in recommending, either as a good beach book or if, like me, you're suffering a very wet summer and need some sunshine in your life! I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Received this book as an ARC for my honest review. This isbook 2 out of 3 in a series. You can read this book as a stand alone. Dora has come back home from America. She is an actress and was just let go from her tv series. Millie owns Cupcake cafe and has just let go of her love of a lifetime. The book is ok, a little slow. I liked the characters and the story but just a little wordy. I would like to read the rest of the series just to see how everything develops

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol Beasley

    This was a cute little read which didn't take too long at all. It was a nice next installment in this series though not a lot of time was dedicated to Millie and I would have liked to see a bit more of her story evolve in this. Though the characters the story did focus on were nice and their own story was sweet. Again it's an easy summer read and a nice little getaway. I was given this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute little read which didn't take too long at all. It was a nice next installment in this series though not a lot of time was dedicated to Millie and I would have liked to see a bit more of her story evolve in this. Though the characters the story did focus on were nice and their own story was sweet. Again it's an easy summer read and a nice little getaway. I was given this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    I am loving this series and was wonderful to be back in berecombe and Emma's life at milles cupcakes. This book really moves forward in the story without losing all the sparkle that the first one brought. I would seriously love a holiday in Berecombe where can I sign up? There really is a lot happening in this book and you will go through a journey of feelings. Happiness, sadness, lots of ups and downs and is a lovely read. Perfect for a beach holiday. I am loving this series and was wonderful to be back in berecombe and Emma's life at milles cupcakes. This book really moves forward in the story without losing all the sparkle that the first one brought. I would seriously love a holiday in Berecombe where can I sign up? There really is a lot happening in this book and you will go through a journey of feelings. Happiness, sadness, lots of ups and downs and is a lovely read. Perfect for a beach holiday.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Read_by_KAT

    The story was good a few editing errors though confused for a while are we in Dorset or Devon and using opening speech marks but not closing them and vice versa other than having to reread those bits to understand it was good enjoyed it

  16. 4 out of 5

    Circlestones Books Blog

    Much better than #1, entertaining afternoon read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Georgie

    Not as good as the first one. Story follows different characters but still an enjoyable light hearted read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Boult

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Will Millie ever get her happy ending??

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    loved this one can't wait for next one loved this one can't wait for next one

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    So love this book and it keeps you on the edge not knowing where a certain romance will lead to.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an advance copy of Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café book 2 in exchange for an honest review. I am thoroughly enjoying this series and it's great how each book is based around a different person in the village. There's a lot happening in this book and you go through a journey of feelings - happiness, sadness, lots of ups and downs and some really funny moments. Perfect for a beach holiday. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an advance copy of Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Café book 2 in exchange for an honest review. I am thoroughly enjoying this series and it's great how each book is based around a different person in the village. There's a lot happening in this book and you go through a journey of feelings - happiness, sadness, lots of ups and downs and some really funny moments. Perfect for a beach holiday.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    This is the second book in the series and this time we get to know Dora and Mikes story. I loved hearing their story but after waiting so long to hear how Mille and Jed were getting on I have to say I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more focus on them. They seemed to be demoted to secondary characters. In saying this I still love the series and cannot wait to see what happens next. I’m also hopeful that the next instalment will be all about Millie and Jed! Thnaks to NetGalley and the p This is the second book in the series and this time we get to know Dora and Mikes story. I loved hearing their story but after waiting so long to hear how Mille and Jed were getting on I have to say I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more focus on them. They seemed to be demoted to secondary characters. In saying this I still love the series and cannot wait to see what happens next. I’m also hopeful that the next instalment will be all about Millie and Jed! Thnaks to NetGalley and the publisher for an arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne L Gagnon

    Fun summer read Two friends from way back when meet again after years of separation. Millie who has taken over her parent's Cafe in the village where she grew up by the sea. Dora, now a famous actress, after her TV series was cancelled in the US. It doesn't take long before these two are fast friends again. When Jed, Millie' s x boyfriend is spotted in town, Dora plans to bring them together again. Needless to say that Millie has a similar plan for Dora when Mike, her past love interest, returns Fun summer read Two friends from way back when meet again after years of separation. Millie who has taken over her parent's Cafe in the village where she grew up by the sea. Dora, now a famous actress, after her TV series was cancelled in the US. It doesn't take long before these two are fast friends again. When Jed, Millie' s x boyfriend is spotted in town, Dora plans to bring them together again. Needless to say that Millie has a similar plan for Dora when Mike, her past love interest, returns to town to help save the art centre by staging a play. Things progress quite nicely for Millie and Jed but Dora seems bent on believing the worst of Mike so it's not until the night of the big storm that...well you'll just have to read the book for this last part.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sammm

    A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Mini review WIP, not anytime soon.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Mclean

  27. 4 out of 5

    annette humphrys

  28. 5 out of 5

    joanna wilson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mrs G B Challis

  30. 5 out of 5

    J BENNETT

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