Title: The Cafe At Marigold Marina
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: April 8th 2022
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: March 5th 2022
Pages: 312

“You never know what you’re capable of until you’re forced to try.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I’ve been meaning to try one of Tilly Tennant‘s books for a while now, and I was immediately charmed by the blurb of The Cafe At Marigold Marina when I spotted it. The cafe and the bookshop barge, the seemingly slowburn romance, the marina in general… I thought this was going to be the perfect heartwarming romance, and just what I was in the mood for. Unfortunately, this story and me most definitely didn’t get along instead.

I still really like the marina setting and the cafe made a great backdrop for the story. The community spirit in general was great too, and it’s probably one of the reasons I kept reading for this long. I love a good slowburn romance, and I understand that the main character is still grieving, but still… I wasn’t a fan at all by how everything was developed. Rosie basically has no backbone and not only did her husband treat her like garbage before he died, she clearly didn’t see that how he treated her was wrong. On top of this, she keeps calling Nicole her friend and says she has to keep her promises even though both clearly don’t make sense at all… The constant mention just how much she is still grieving, how she can never be with someone again and the whole ‘Fergus said’ became so frustrating that I had to force myself to keep reading.

On top of this, we have to deal with not only a love triangle vibe, but also with a cheating element. Both are major pet peeves, but I can overlook them depending on how they are developed. In this case, I really couldn’t stand how they were incorporated into the plot though… Especially with the main character Rosie being so blind to it all when it’s all SO obvious. I felt the reactions of the characters in general was a bit all over the place and not consistent enough to turn them into believable and rounded characters. The tone of the writing itself wasn’t for me either… And I confess that I started skimreading somewhere after the halfway mark just to be done with it sooner.

All in all this wasn’t the positive and uplifting romance experience I was hoping for… I might give her books another try, but The Cafe At Marigold Marina was a clear miss for me.

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