Dear Tesco Blog Readers,
Our great (ahem!) British Summer is finally here, for you to spend relaxing with friends and family, indulging in a delicious ice cream or three. It’s the perfect time for sitting back in a deckchair with a paperback or your eBook reader and letting the day drift by…
Or could it be that this year you feel like doing something different – taking a chance on life, going on a travel adventure, or embarking on a new romance? Can one summer really change your life? These warm, carefree days are ideal for making a leap of faith. So, what would you do, if you weren’t afraid?
My biggest fear was opening my laptop and getting started on my first novel: would what I wrote be any good? It was daunting at first, but I’ve never looked back, and now one of my favourite things about writing is that I get the chance to throw my characters into experiences I might not dare to try myself. Sink or swim, it’s great fun to see how they cope!
Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop is about two sisters in their twenties who take a chance on life and start over. They follow their dreams – abandoning their past lives and taking over their grandmother’s ice cream parlour on the Brighton seafront, a place that’s big on charm but in need of a major image overhaul. Older sister Anna – a foodie at heart – gives up her job to make the shop a success, concocting addictive ice creams and fresh fruit sorbets. Her younger sister Imogen gives up a laidback travelling life in Thailand to return to Britain’s drizzily shores – and soon wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. But despite the sacrifices, they are both committed to preserving their grandmother’s legacy.
Anna, passionate about food, but cautious and a nervous traveller, takes the leap of her life when she goes to study ice cream-making in Florence with a top chef – and she’s immediately seduced by the culture and romance of the Italian city.
While Imogen may be an adrenalin junkie, addicted to diving and partying, she’s not as fearless as she seems. For her, taking risks is easy, it’s coming home and proving herself to her family – and letting herself fall in love – that is the hard part.
The summer in Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop is one the two sisters will never forget. Come and join them on their journey!
Love, Abby xx
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