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5*Review: Phillipa Ashley – Summer at the Cornish Café

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Blurb - Coastal

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.

That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.

Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi’s own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .

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Summer at the Cornish Cafe

This story is a slow burner, but after a few chapters, Demi gets under your skin, especially with her ever faithful companion, Mitch. Angry, brooding Cal, with so many secrets and far too much emotional baggage, for our intrepid heroine to take on, is a hero you can’t ignore. His charm and vulnerability win through. Even though he is often a little callous of others’ feelings, I like him.
This contemporary interpretation of the historical romantic tale; ‘Poldark’ is cleverly done; with just enough parallels, both in relationships and plot to recognise for ‘Poldark’ fans. The Cornish setting is breathtaking and the locals, perfectly pitched. They are authentic and vivid and enrich this romantic story. Mitch is a fabulous ‘doggy’ hero, who provides the humour in this lively tale.
The ending is undeniably romantic but whilst the future looks bright, there is still a story to be told, making book two a must read Christmas book for me.

Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa

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4* Review: I Take You – Eliza Kennedy

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I’m getting married.

He’s perfect!

It’s a disaster.

Meet Lily Wilder – New Yorker, lawyer and the luckiest woman in the world. She has a dream job, friends who adore her, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiancé.

Also? She has no business getting married.

Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and completely incapable of being faithful to just one man. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he really know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights – and mornings, and afternoons – of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.

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I Take YouThere’s nothing sweet about Lily and yet she makes an instant impression that deepens as her story unfolds and despite her lack of tact, questionable morals and other faults I ended up liking her.

I like to escape to another world, when I read and this book certainly delivers. I’ve never visited New York but the characterisations and ethos appear realistic, as you might expect from someone who lives there.

‘I Take You’, is deliberately controversial. Lily enjoys sex and fails to be monogamous even when she is supposedly in a committed relationship with Will and many readers of RomCom and Chick Lit may find her difficult to empathise with, or even understand. I let the story flow over me, laughed at the ribald humour and read the story in a few hours.

The pacing is fast, except for the last couple of chapters, which slowed down the story and didn’t deliver any surprises. The ending too is a little anticlimactic, although romantic. The characters are vivid, I especially liked Freddy. Will is harder to like, read the story and see if you agree.

I received a copy of this book from Vintage Books Random House via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

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