Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer by Sue Watson


Ella’s life just hit rock-bottom, but can a summer by the sea mend her broken heart? When life gives you lemons… make ice-cream!

Life hasn’t always been easy for single mum Ella, but she has just hit an all-time low; she’s jobless, loveless, very nearly homeless and, to make matters worse, now the owner of a pocket-sized pooch with a better wardrobe than her.

Packing her bags (and a bigger one for the dog), Ella sets off for the seaside town of Appledore in Devon to re-live the magical summers of her youth and claim her portion of the family ice-cream business: a clapped-out ice-cream van and a complicated mess of secrets.

There she meets gorgeous and free-spirited solicitor, Ben, who sees things differently: with a little bit of TLC he has a plan to get the van – and Ella – back up and running in no time.


This is a lovely, summery book. I got into it straight away, loved all the characters, and really enjoyed the story. Ella’s summer where everything changes for her is a feel good, interesting read, and the bit of intrigue about what has happened in her family history adds another dimension. Her characters are great, Ella’s mum is so funny, with her newfound love for social media, which doesn’t always go as planned, and her adventures with her little dog, Delilah, are wonderful.  The descriptions of ice creams are mouth watering, and there’s even some recipes at the end of the book. Really a great book to get you in the mood for summer.



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