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#Review: A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick (@liz_fenwick) @orionbooks

~ Book Blurb~

Sometimes running away is the answer…

Running out on your wedding day never goes down well. When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at the altar, her mother in a fury, and the guests with enough gossip to last a year.

Guilty and ashamed, Jude flees to Pengarrock, a crumbling cliff-top mansion in Cornwall, where she takes a job cataloguing the Trevillion family’s extensive library. The house is a welcome escape for Jude, full of history and secrets, but when its new owner arrives, it’s clear that Pengarrock is not beloved by everyone.

As Jude falls under the spell of the house, she learns of a family riddle stemming from a terrible tragedy centuries before, hinting at a lost treasure. And when Pengarrock is put up for sale, it seems that time is running out for the house and for Jude.

~ My Thoughts ~

I first discovered Liz Fenwick’s writing pre-blogging days with A Cornish Christmas Carol and Under A Cornish Sky. After reading and reviewing her latest novel The Returning Tide earlier this year (read my review here), I have slowly been reading her earlier works.

A Cornish Affair, published in 2013, opens on Jude Warren’s wedding day. Jude knows that getting married to her childhood best friend John is the wrong thing to do. She is doing it for everyone else because she has spent her whole life doing what others expect her to do, particularly her mother. So, she runs out on her wedding day, leaving America for Cornwall to work for Petroc, an academic, cataloging his work in his enchanting house, Pengarrock. As we turn the pages, we see how Pengarrock, it’s history, mystery, and, people seduce Jude and how all of this allows her to grow as a person, discovering her true self.

This story is every bit as gorgeous as its cover. It is beautifully written, well-structured and was a pleasure to read. I found it easy to identify with all of the characters and my heart went out to Jude a few times, especially when delving deeper into Petroc’s family history, evoked thoughts of her home and all that comes with it.

Through telling Jude’s story, Liz Fenwick explores several relatable topics: the relationships we have with our best friends, the sometimes difficult relationships we have with parents, the interesting relationships we develop with strangers; courage; and learning to love ourselves before we can allow others to love us.

One of the many things I love about Liz Fenwick’s books is that they ooze with her love of Cornwall and the setting becomes a character in itself. This love is evident in A Cornish Affair through her beautiful descriptions of the Helford River, Pengarrock, and it’s surroundings. I read this book on holiday and I got so lost in the setting, and the story, that I forgot I was on holiday near the Indian Ocean and thought I was in Cornwall! It’s a wonderful holiday read.

I want to take up a few lines here to elaborate on the term ‘holiday read’. I sometimes think that people have misconceptions about this term that the story is going to be trashy, without depth, of mediocre standard. Well, I don’t know about you but when I go on holiday, I really spend a lot of time choosing my books. I want a story which is going to grab me, eases me in comfortably and flows really well so that I can get lost in it and escape for a few hours. I think this takes a lot of skill and hard work and Liz Fenwick has achieved this with A Cornish Affair. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I can’t wait to read Liz Fenwick’s other books, including her new one A Cornish Summer, which is due to be published in June 2018.

~ Where to find A Cornish Affair ~

Goodreads            Amazon UK          Amazon US

~ Where to find Liz Fenwick ~

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Books · Carol Drinkwater · Recommended Reads · Reviews · The Riviera Woman

The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) ~ Recommended Read ~ The Riviera Woman

Each month, I share one of my top reads from this blog over at The Riviera Woman.  Continue reading “The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) ~ Recommended Read ~ The Riviera Woman”

Books · Carol Drinkwater · Recommended Reads · Reviews

#Review: The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) @MichaelJBooks

~ Book Blurb ~

Her daughter disappeared four years ago. . .

Since her daughter went missing four years earlier, celebrated photographer Kurtiz Ross has been a woman alone. Her only companion her camera. Since Lizzie disappeared, she has blamed and isolated herself, given up hope. Until, out of the blue, an unexpected sighting of Lizzie is made in Paris. Continue reading “#Review: The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) @MichaelJBooks”

Books · Jan Harvey · Recommended Reads · Reviews

#Review: The Seven Letters by Jan Harvey (@TheJanHarvey) @matadorbooks 

~ Book Blurb ~

When Claudette Bourvil is recruited to the French Resistance the last thing she expects is that she will be sent to work in the heart of Paris to spy on senior Nazi officers. Continue reading “#Review: The Seven Letters by Jan Harvey (@TheJanHarvey) @matadorbooks ”

Advanced Review Copy · Books · Brigid Coady · Recommended Reads · Reviews · The Riviera Woman

Find my review of Persuading Austen by Brigid Coady (@beecee) at The Riviera Woman

Each month, I share one of my top reads from this blog over at The Riviera Woman. The Riviera Woman

The Riviera Woman, run by Anna Fill, helps women living or working on the Riviera live life to the full with it’s inspirational people and interesting articles.

This month, I have chosen Persuading Austen by Brigid Coady. You can read my review here.

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Advanced Review Copy · Books · Brigid Coady · Recommended Reads · Reviews

#Review: Persuading Austen by Brigid Coady (@beecee) @HQDigitalUK

~ Book Blurb ~

It is a truth universally acknowledged that working with an ex is a terrible idea…

Annie Elliot never expected her life to turn out this way: living with her dad, working as an accountant – surely the least glamorous job in Hollywood?! – and dodging her family’s constant bickering.

Landing a job as a producer on a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice seems like the piece of luck she’s been waiting for. Until the cast is announced, and Annie discovers that the actor playing Mr Darcy is Austen Wentworth: the man she’s spent nearly a decade trying to forget.

Not only is Austen her ex – but while Annie’s life has stalled, Austen is Hollywood’s hottest property…and has just been voted World’s Sexiest Man.

With nowhere to hide, there’s just one question. Now the one who got away has come back, should Annie stand by her pride? Or give into Austen’s powers of persuasion?

~ My Thoughts ~

One of the things I love about book blogging is having the opportunity to read books that, pre-blogger life, I probably would not have chosen to read. Persuading Austen is one of them. I would have thought that it wasn’t for me. Well, how wrong could I have been. It made me laugh out loud. It made me cry. It made me empathise. It made me sympathise. It made me happy. It made me sad. I absolutely loved it! Continue reading “#Review: Persuading Austen by Brigid Coady (@beecee) @HQDigitalUK”

Blog Tours · Books · Lesley Pearse

#Blogtour: #25in25 #TheWomanInTheWood by Lesley Pearse (@LesleyPearse) #LoveLesley @ed_pr @MichaelJBooks

I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this special blog tour celebrating the publication of Lesley Pearse’s 25th novel: The Woman in the Wood. Thank you to ed public relations for having me!

To celebrate this fabulous achievement, each stop on the blog tour has a fact from Lesley Pearse about one of her 25 books.

I am delighted to be able to share with you a fact about Lesley’s 23rd novel, Without a Trace. First, here is what the book is about.

Continue reading “#Blogtour: #25in25 #TheWomanInTheWood by Lesley Pearse (@LesleyPearse) #LoveLesley @ed_pr @MichaelJBooks”