REVIEW: Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements


The back of the book says:

‘When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien’s ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside-down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but while it’s big on charm it’s critically low on customers. If the sisters don’t turn things around quickly, their grandmother’s legacy will disappear forever.

With summer looming, Imogen and Anna devise a plan to return Vivien’s to its former glory. Rather than sell up, they will train up, and make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map.

While Imogen watches the shop, her sister flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream-making course. But as she works shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best chefs in the industry, Anna finds that romance can bloom in the most unexpected of places…’

My opinion:

Let’s start with the cover – how cute is it?! Very scrummy indeed!

With both Imogen and Anna combining their individual talents they turn a previously flailing business into one that is the go to place in Brighton. Between trips to Italy to perfect the art of Gelato and falling in and out of love these two go through so really personal moments that would trigger most heart-strings.

The sisters bounce off each other throughout the story and the fact that they are such different personalities really intensifies not only their characters but the storyline itself. With predictability as one end of their very bouncy spectrum and absolute spontaneity at the other the twists and turns are just as tasty as the ice cream being made.

This book reminded me very much of Jenny Colgan’s Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe etc. The epitome of chick lit with a tad of drama and lust for all things sweet!

Now onto the location of the story – between Italy and Brighton. How much more perfect can you get. Not only do I love Italy but Brighton has some very happy memories for me. Just so you know this book isn’t all a bed of rose petals and delicious ice cream. There are some parts where things look like they are about to fall apart but at that point the sisters really put in their all and with their united front the good times do roll.

At the end of the book the selection of ice cream treats was just the cherry on top for me and Salted Caramel has made it into my recipe book for this summer!

This book was the right mixture of light-hearted, comical and romantic.



worthy fix

It’s Monday What Are You . . .


A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

So far so good and almost finished so the review will be up ASAP! Just keep checking back.

Reading Next

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene

I am looking forward to reading both of these books. Have you read either of them?

What are you reading?


jordans 1st pair

After returning from the US with this truly AWESOME pair of Jordan’s they are all I want to wear. Sadly they do not go with everything and I don’t want to wear them out quickly so they do go back in the box every now and then!

If you have Jordan’s – How do you wear yours? If you don’t buy some because they are über comfortable!

Skin Care

Ginger wake up shower gel

This delectable bathroom goody has made me want more than the regular three showers a day (it may seem excessive to some but oh well!). Have you tried it?

Hair Care


These bad boys have not only tamed my locks but also kept away the split ends and made my hair feel sleek. Very happy at the moment!

Listening to . . .

This is the clean version of the tune as I thought it was only appropriate for the blog. However if you would like to watch the original then please do find it on You Tube!
I listen to a variety of music but this song right now has made a regular recurrence on my playlist. What is on yours?



This show is highly addictive and there is something that I cannot identify about Benedict Cumberbatch that is just so HOT!

How is your Monday panning out?

Do let me know :Dmonday love!

It’s Monday Again!

monday again

There are some Monday’s that I honestly could just crawl back into bed but this is one that I have no intention of leaving. As I worked most of the weekend on nights and spent the majority of yesterday having a lovely afternoon celebrating my best friends birthday, today is my official day of rest. There will be reading, knitting and many movies watched today.


Currently Reading

Inferno - UK cover

The first couple of pages had me less than hooked to say the least. However now I am slowly getting into it and pushing past Brown’s monotonous tones (yes even in the book!) I am beginning to enjoy the similar storyline of a city chase.

On my Kindle

gillian flynn gone girl

Whilst I was travelling I downloaded this and the two follow-up books. Hopefully it will be read next but who knows!

Skin Care

ufm kiehls

I am love with Kiehl’s in general but this face cream is fantastic and keeps my skin hydrated for most of the day. I keep a little sample pot in my bag just in case I have an emergency dry spot but once is usually enough for the entire day.

kiehls creme de corps

Quietly sobbing to myself as my bottle is pumping out the dregs and I need a new bottle. I have the large bottle and have managed to work my way through the entire thing in less than a month. That being said I was moisturised incredibly well for the entire month (dusk until dawn!).

Both of the Kiehl’s products are a must have and a purchase I will be making when I go away again.


zara two sided soft scarf

This scarf came home with me all the way from Kuala Lumpur – I was glad of it on the chilly plane and I am more than glad of it now our weather has decided to slowly but crisply blow us all into oblivion. Toasty warm and extra snug this scarf is with me most days.

What are you up to this week? 


May Wishlist


May Books Wishlist1. Haruki Murakami – 1Q84 – Book Three

2. Haruki Murakami – 1Q84 – Book One & Two

3. F Scott Fitzgerald – The Beautiful & The Damned

4. Sophie Kinsella – Wedding Night

5. Robin Sloan – Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

All of the above books have been on my want list for a while. Number one and two intrigue me especially as I have never read anything by Murakami and that I am taking part in a challenge to read one of his books. It may be a bit ambitious reading those two books as first reads for Murakami however why not just get them out-of-the-way!  These books have either made it to my Goodreads list or will make a stealth like entrance very shortly!

Hair Care

May Hair Care Wish List

1. RedKen – Curvaceous Ringlet – £16.35

2. RedKen – Curvaceous Conditioner – Leave In/Rinse Out – £11.99

3. Moroccan Oil – Hair Treatment – £30.45/100ml – Out of Stock :(

4. Organic Virgin Coconut Solid Oil – £9.99 + £1.49 postage

The one thing out of the four lovelies above that I am most looking forward to getting my mitts on is the Coconut Oil as it is multi use and smells soooooo good! Despite the lack of fancy packaging this stuff is immense – this is a different brand than I have previously used so I am hoping it is just as good or better! 

Make Up, Nails & Tools

May Wish List Make Up

1. MAC – Lipstick – Yash – £14.00

2. YSL – Touche Éclat Collector – Complexion Highlighter – £25

3. Chanel – Kabuki Brush -£30.00 – can be found at House of Fraser Croydon :D

4. MAC – Betty Opulash – Optimum Black – £15.50 – SOLD OUT – Lusting after this!

5. Chanel – La Vernis – Holiday #617 – £18.00

6. MAC – Mineralize Rich Lipstick – Luxe Naturale – £20.00

Just look at that list – how could I pick a favourite! It was narrowed down massively as it is. Enough said! 

Skin Care

May Wish List Skin Care

1. Dr Lipp – Original Nipple Balm for Lips – £11.50/15ml

2. Green People – 24 Hour Vita Min Fix – £14.95/50ml

3. Elizabeth Arden – 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant – Fragrance Free – £25/50ml

4. Shu Uemura – Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil – £72.00/450ml

5. MAC – Gently Off Eye and Lip Make Up Remover – £14.00 – SOLD OUT :( another lust fest for me!

This list makes me sad – not only because two of the products I have recently run out of but one of them has been out of stock for well over two weeks – what is the deal with that?! All of these beauties I want but only some I can have! HELP!


Wowza – What a round-up. I am sure that a couple of the lovely products displayed above will make it into the bought pile this month but I have to admit buying all of them would leave me around £1 short of a monthly bankrupt figure. One thing that I will be hitting hard this month and it is cheap and cheerful is:

Evian 1Litre

Virgin Active

After a few not too heavy but worth it gym sessions I always tend to feel like I am back on the wagon and ready to go hard – so here is hoping that I get my rhythm and tone back. Go on send me love and support you know you want to!