The Little Market Stall of Hope And Heartbreak by Marcie Steele @marcie_steele @bookouture #review

Litte Market stall

It’s gone all girlie at A Knight’s Reads again. I’d been meaning to read the only Marcie Steele book I’d not read in a while. I loved Stirred With Love and The Second Chance Shoe Shop. And a number of you know I love Marcie’s alter ego, Mel Sherratt!

The Blurb

Best friends tell each other everything… right?

Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re still just as close, but life is a little bit more complicated …

Sam loves running her market stall with Louise by her side. They’re right at the heart of the community – and always one step ahead on local gossip. But Sam’s marriage is in a bit of a rut, and handsome stranger Dan has her wondering if the grass might be greener …

Louise is the life and soul of every party, but she’s hiding a broken heart, and worries about her beautiful but secretive daughter Charley. All she wants is someone to love – but could Mr Right be just around the corner?

Just when Sam and Louise need each other most, they suddenly have reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all. Can the two best friends put the past behind them, and help each other find love and happiness again?

An emotional and uplifting tale of love, secrets and the importance of having a best friend.

Previously published as ‘That’s What Friends are For’.

What Did I Think?

Right from the off, I took to Sam, Louise and Nicki. I loved the relationship between the three girls and the camaraderie they have with the rest of market. It felt like a big family and I’d like to think that it’s like that in my local market! But the trio each have their own stories and all (in the main) relate to their love lives. No matter how tight these girls are, each romantic status is very different and nothing is ever easy when it comes to love.

I felt huge sympathy for Charley. Teenagers can be a cruel bunch and Ms Steele has captured the teen angst perfectly.

This is a stand-alone story of friendship, lust, love with a smattering of intrigue. Ms Steele writes a cracking story with elements of grit and realism to the tale. I was in tears by the end as this is an emotional read that pulls at the heart strings.

Who Is Marcie Steele?

Marcie Steele is a romantic at heart and has always wanted to write about characters who were not necessarily involved in the darker side of life, like her alter ego Mel Sherratt. Coffee, cakes and friends are three of her favourite things, hence when she isn’t writing you can always find her in a coffee shop eating a chocolate muffing and sipping a cappuccino, staring into space as she dreams up scenes for her next novel.  

As Mel Sherratt, she writes gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as she calls it. Named as one of her home town’s top 100 influential people 2016, she’s sold nearly three quarters of a million books. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, her inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and make liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.

You can find out more at Mel’s website or on Twitter at @writermels

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