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Review: The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick (@liz_fenwick) @orionbooks

~ Publisher’s Description ~

When Maddie inherits a house in Cornwall shortly after the death of her husband, she hopes it will mean a fresh start. Maddie is enchanted by it and is keen to learn as much as she can about its past. As she discovers stories of generations of women who’ve lived there before, she feels her life is somehow intertwined within its walls.

~ My thoughts ~ 

I am writing this review having only finished The Cornish House about 15 minutes ago. It is very rare for me to do so as usually I need some time to allow my thoughts to order in my head, especially when I have felt such a deep connection with a book, as I did with this one. So, this review runs the risk of sounding like a series of ramblings rather than well thought out. What makes this one different? The effect that this particular book has had on me and how I needed to write my thoughts down straight away.

When Maddie and her 16 year old stepdaughter Hannah move to Cornwall, they are both hurting from Maddie losing her husband and Hannah, her father. Maddie has inherited Trevenen and feels it would be a fresh start for both of them.

The Cornish House is a story of love, loss, grief, and healing. It really shows how there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is so poignant and heartfelt and certainly pulled at my heartstrings – it had me in tears on a couple of occasions. There is a lovely romantic thread within it and a mystery to uncover too – especially as the house starts to reveal the secrets to its past.

I loved all of the characters in this story but Hannah was the one who had the most impact on me. At 16, she really is a moody teenager but as the story progresses we see and feel how much she is hurting from the loss of her father – something I can relate to. I am 15 years older than Hannah but I have felt those same raw emotions. However, I must admit that Hannah did get on my nerves at times but it is testament to Liz Fenwick’s great character creation to write a character in Hannah who was able to test my patience quite a lot!!

Another character to mention is Old Tom. A former teacher, now in his eighties, he comes into Hannah’s life right when she needs that sense of order and a voice of reason to help her on her journey. He is a delightful character and I think everyone should have an Old Tom in their lives.

I was so drawn into this story that I felt I was living both Maddie’s and Hannah’s stories and so it brought familiar emotions to the surface – but this can only happen if the writing is strong enough to create such atmosphere and Liz Fenwick’s writing is and does. This is her debut book, published in 2012, and I have read her later works prior to this. What a debut this must have been. I am so pleased that she has gone on to write and publish 5 more books and a novella and I look forward to reading A Path To The Sea next year.

~ Where to find The Cornish House ~

Goodreads            Amazon UK          Amazon US

~ About Liz Fenwick ~

img_0087Liz Fenwick, award-winning author, ex-pat expert, wife, mother of three, and dreamer turned doer, was born in Massachusetts, and at the age of twenty-six moved to London where she fell in love with an Englishman. After nine international moves, she now spends her time in Cornwall with her husband and her mad cat, writing stories inspired by the beautiful Duchy.

Find out more at www.lizfenwick.com, follow her on Twitter @liz_fenwick or visit her Facebook page @liz.fenwick.author.

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Blog Tour & Extract: The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S Moore (@LizzyMoore19) @RedDoorBooks

Today, I am pleased to be featuring an extract from The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S Moore as part of the blog tour.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Anna Burt at Red Door Publishing for asking me to take part in the tour.

Scroll down to find out more about The Man on the Middle Floor and to read an extract from the book. Continue reading “Blog Tour & Extract: The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S Moore (@LizzyMoore19) @RedDoorBooks”

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The Last Day by Claire Dyer (@ClaireDyer1) ~ Recommended Read ~ The Riviera Woman

I regularly share 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.

For April, I have chosen The Last Day by Claire Dyer. You can read my review here.

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Review, Q&A: One Cornish Summer by Liz Fenwick (@liz_fenwick) @orionbooks

I am absolutely delighted to welcome Liz Fenwick and her latest novel One Cornish Summer to my blog today. I have a great interview with Liz to share with you as well as my review of this awesome book.

Thank you to Orion for sending me an electronic proof copy of the book via Netgalley in return for an honest review and to Liz Fenwick for taking the time to answer the questions. Continue reading “Review, Q&A: One Cornish Summer by Liz Fenwick (@liz_fenwick) @orionbooks”

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Blog Tour, Review & Guest Post: The Last Day by Claire Dyer (@ClaireDyer1) @DomePress

I am absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Claire Dyer and her latest novel The Last Day to my blog today. I have a great guest post from Claire about other people’s wrongs as well as my review of this wonderful story to share with you.

Thank you to Emily Glenister at The Dome Press for asking me to be part of the tour and for sending me a proof copy of this gorgeous book to read and review. Continue reading “Blog Tour, Review & Guest Post: The Last Day by Claire Dyer (@ClaireDyer1) @DomePress”

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Blog Tour, Review & Extract: A Library Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey (@nonfictioness) @BodPublishing

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for A Library Miscellany. Thank you to Claire Cock-Starkey for asking me to be part of it and for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I have an interesting extract to share with you about Book Thefts followed by my review. First, to whet your appetite, here’s what the book is about: Continue reading “Blog Tour, Review & Extract: A Library Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey (@nonfictioness) @BodPublishing”

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#BlogTour: #Extract from Appetite by Anita Cassidy (@AnitaCassidy76) @RedDoorBooks

Today, I am pleased to be featuring an extract from Anita Cassidy’s debut novel Appetite as part of the blog tour.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Anna Burt at Red Door Publishing for asking me to take part in the tour and for sending me a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Appetite is an exploration of three characters relationships with food, change, and sex and what happens when these become out of control. I’m only a quarter of the way through but the story really packs a punch and I think it will have most readers reflecting on their own appetites.

Scroll down to find out more about Appetite and to read an extract from the book. Continue reading “#BlogTour: #Extract from Appetite by Anita Cassidy (@AnitaCassidy76) @RedDoorBooks”