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- File size : 1799 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Bookouture (November 3, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Publication date : November 3, 2020
- ASIN : B08F5HTNGX
- Print length : 242 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1838888853
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #30,094 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When she gets to the beach house she sees how run down it is, there is a hole in the roof and no one is interested in buying it.
Brian Oakley is the local handyman and they strike up a deal to fix it up. Mara's twins love the hole in the roof because they can lay in bed and see the stars but it has to be fixed. A box of unopened letters starts to tell a different story of Mara's mother. At the beginning of the story, Mara's life and the beach house were both in shambles. But as the house begins to get fixed up and the secrets discovered, Mara's life begins to get better.
All of a sudden her husband wants her back and it looks like she is going to give up the life she has started to create for her and the twins and go back to the cold, empty marriage she was thrown out of.
She discovers more letters, that add to her mother's story plus she surprises me with her thoughts of her husband.
This was a wonderfully written book of unraveling secrets, facing the secrets that she learned, and watching her change along the way.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and Bookouture and this is my voluntary and honest review.
Book: The House at Magpie Cove
Publication Day: 03/11/20
The Cornish beach house creaked in the salty sea wind and, from the weathered wooden porch, Mara watched a lone magpie circle above. It was silly to think that her mother's spirit was still with her, but Mara felt as if there was something keeping her here. A secret that needed to be told...
When Mara Hughes inherits her late mother’s tumbledown beach house overlooking the bright, sandy sweep of Magpie Cove, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With her marriage on the rocks and her husband threatening to take the family home, the beach house – with all the bittersweet memories it holds – might be the thing that finally sends Mara’s world crashing down around her. She tells herself she’ll only spend a few days there: sell it and move on to rebuilding her life.
When Mara arrives, the house is in a worse state than she feared – holes in the bedroom ceiling, birds’ nests in the attic and the beautiful, wrap-around porch on the brink of collapse… but she loves it anyway. With all its history it feels like the last link to her late mother and, determined to do whatever it takes to keep it in the family, Mara strikes a deal with local handyman – and town heartthrob – Brian Oakley to save the crumbling cottage from ruin.
But when a box of unopened old letters arrives on her new doorstep – a bequest from her mother’s will – Mara’s resolve to save the beach house will be tested to the limit. Because Mara’s mother’s perfect childhood in Magpie Cove was forever spoiled by one haunting day in July, and the letters contain a secret about her family that Mara can scarcely believe to be true…
A story of secrets, family and forgiveness, this heartfelt read set in beautiful Cornwall is perfect for fans of Susanne O'Leary, Fern Britton and Rosanna Ley.
BLOG TOUR REVIEW
Review for 'The House At Magpie Cove' by Kennedy Kerr.
Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous
Publication date 3rd November 2020
This is the first book that I have read by this author.
I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching and beautiful cover and intriguing synopsis. I wanted something different to my usual psychological thrillers and this caught my eye. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book).
This novel consists of a prologue and 31 chapters. The chapters are short to medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!
This book is based in Cornwall, UK 🇬🇧 . I always enjoy when books are set in the UK as I'm from Wales and have sometimes visited areas mentioned in the book. This makes it easier to picture where the scenes are set at times. I have in fact visited Cornwall on many occasions so am looking forward to possibly recognising places mentioned in this novel.
This book is written in third person perspective and one of the main protagonists is Mara. I enjoy books written in third person with several protagonists as it let's you see the bigger picture of what's going on and you get to know more characters.
What an absolutely beautiful and perfect read, even better if it was summer!! This would be the ideal beach read where you could sit there and turn around and just imagine the house on Magpie cove. The book is very well written with beautiful descriptions that completely drew me in. The synopsis and the cover match the storyline perfectly!!
The storyline itself completely swept me away. It is filled with love, friendship, loss and drama. It kept me turning the pages late at night. I really enjoyed having the insights into Abby's life and seeing what brought all the pieces together. This book would make a beautiful movie!!
I was completely invested in the characters we were all absolutely fantastic with their own individual personalities and quirks. I loved watching how Mara developed and went from strength to strength. It is fantastic to read about strong females who make their own way in lives and she definitely made the right decisions. Gidoen is just a typical womaniser who I could not stand!!! I loved Brian and thought he was just a great guy. Again, it was lovely watching his personality and attitude change throughout the book. Serafina was amazing and another strong woman, she has a fantastic bubbly personality and take no crud attitude!!! I will definitely miss this gang!!
Overall a perfect beach read with a great gang of characters!! Pick this up and kept swept away at Magpie Cove.
Genres covered in this novel include Romance Novel, Domestic Fiction, Contemporary Romance and Holiday Fiction amongst others.
I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Nicholas Cage and any lovers of a book that you can float away with at the beach!!!
This book is £1.99 to purchase on kindle via Amazon or free which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!!
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Kennedy Kerr is the author of A Spell of Murder, a witch themed cozy mystery, and The House at Magpie Cove (November 2020) and The Café at Magpie Cove (coming in 2021). She adores beaches, lochs and magical places, and loves writing about small communities, mysteries and family secrets.
Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it.
He gave the air of considering himself too important for something as fanciful as reading a novel or a play or a poem. Privately, Mara had always thought that anyone who didn’t like books was either boring or an idiot. Turns out, I was right.
Life’s always easier when you’ve got your hair done and a good pair of knickers on, in my experience.
Ugh. I am sick and tired of men, she thought. Maybe I can go and live on some kind of women’s commune where everybody is nice and eats cake and plants lovely vegetable gardens and we have monthly moon rituals and community sing-songs and I could train to be a medicine woman, and no one would ever be mean or unreasonable.
This was an engaging, fairly quick, and entertaining read with relevant and relatable issues and knowable characters. There were several periods I wanted to give the main character of Mara a swift kick to dislodge her misplaced noggin from her colon and shake loose a few stagnate brain cells and some self-confidence in the process, but thankfully she saw the light before too much damage was done. The storylines were well constructed and smartly paced. I see this is only the author’s second book and I would never have guessed as the writing style was well developed with a smooth and inviting flow. Well done, Ms. Kerr, I am duly impressed.
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But what secrets does it hold? Why didn't her mum ever bring her here? Will the house turn out to be a blessing or a curse? As Mara navigates through the upheaval in her life, she has some tough decisions to face and must find the strength to believe that happiness shouldn't be on other peoples' terms.
The perfect holiday read, set in rural Cornwall in the autumn months leading up to Christmas, with wild seas and storms both actual and metaphorical and, of course, a rather handsome local surfer... The characters really got under my skin, and the story has all the right twists and turns to make it a really engaging page-turner. Exactly the sort of escapist reading I was looking for.
I'd also recommend Kennedy Kerr's 'A Spell of Murder'.
Excellent characters, especially the kids - and strong women that I would want as friends for getting through the rough times.
Kennedy has written a tale that many of us can relate to - a perfect storm of life’s tragedies challenging us to the core. Going over Niagara in a barrel has appealed to me too, but I root for happier times in a beautiful beach setting instead - thanks Kennedy :)