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About Laura Briggs
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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From the author who brought you the bestselling series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL comes a funny, sometimes nuptially-fabulous sequel …
Julianne is thrilled to finally have her own event planning business in Cornwall with her long-time friend Kitty. Save the Date specializes in wedding ‘rescues’ for last-minute celebrations and dreams gone awry—and their latest client couple’s nuptial plans are plenty tricky, since the bride suffers from a classic case of ‘runaway bride’ syndrome which dashed her previous engagements to pieces.
Enter the perfect new client – in need of help with a huge wedding on a tight timeline, with plenty of society connections who would spread the word far and wide about how perfectly it went afterwards, and willing to take a chance on their talents – but there’s a catch. She’ll only hire Julianne and Kitty if she’s impressed with the work they do on their latest wedding. The one with the bride quite possibly poised to make a dash for freedom on cold feet.
Is their latest wedding rescue a hopeless cause? Julianne isn’t sure what to do, torn between being loyal to her client and hoping that things will last until the big day for her business’s sake. This first book in the sequel series RETURN TO CORNWALL brings on delightful characters, romance and escapism, and a few touches of reality involving career, kids, and marriage that most readers will find altogether relatable in Julianne’s crazy life.
Julianne couldn’t be more excited to have the show filming its special wedding-themed edition in her business’s own rustic, renovated barn, especially with her old friend and former Cliffs House manor’s chef Dinah among the competitors. But Dinah’s competition is stiffer than ever for this baking challenge, especially from a certain ‘queen bee’ baker from Devon whose perfectionist style and uncanny parallel creativity to Dinah’s own has the normally sanguine baker seeing red.
Meanwhile, the village prepares a welcome fete for the competitors and their judges, the reunited Harriet and Pierre, who are still seemingly at odds over their reasons for parting company with the baking program in the past; and newcomer police sergeant Charlie must track down some village pranksters before they can sabotage the final competition. As if Julianne doesn’t have enough to do as the program’s ‘wedding consultant’ and a volunteer biscuit baker for the welcoming committee, she finds herself helping out one of the program’s new comic hosts … and accidentally engaging in a little matchmaking in Cliffs House’s kitchen, it would seem.
Readers are invited to share in the delightful chaos of Julianne’s latest adventure just before Valentine’s Day, with summer dreams and wedding cake fantasies destined to satisfy the sweetest of romantic cravings!
Between organizing an elegant Nutcracker ballet-inspired wedding and running a booth at the village’s upcoming Christmas market and fete, Julianne’s festive season has never been busier. Things at home are equally chaotic, with foster child Joel struggling to open up to them, and daughter Sylvia acting out at school. Cue a parent-teacher meeting with charming new instructor Ben, the latest addition to the village school’s faculty. Maybe his advice will shed some light on Sylvia’s behavior…or maybe he’ll think Julianne and Matt have taken on more than they can handle. Even Julianne thinks it might be true this time, as she juggles work, family time, and another baby on the way—all with Christmas right around the corner!
But Julianne isn’t the only one feeling the time crunch this Christmas. Lady Amanda has her hands full coordinating the Frost Fair fete, and with too few volunteers, the job of creating the children’s village falls into the cold but capable hands of … Mrs. Norris? Adding to the list of questionable seasonal recipes, chef Michael is rumored to be seeing a pretty sous chef—only Julianne can’t help wondering if he’s not quite over his feelings for a certain comedienne named Kimmie.
Will Julianne and Matt finally strike the right balance when it comes to family life? Will the strict housekeeper surprise everyone with her design, or is the beloved children’s tradition doomed? More importantly, will Julianne survive all this chaos without losing her Christmas spirit?
With plenty of seasonal cheer, sweet spices, and a sense of excitement filling the air, Ceffylgwyn welcomes another idyllic celebration for Julianne’s friends and family in this heartwarming new installment.
What began as a bit of teenage mischief in the village quickly became stories of spooky lights and ghost sightings in the wood. Being sensible, Julianne is more worried about whether she can finish her kids’ costumes in time for the annual Halloween contest—and whether husband Matt and his eager assistants will be selected for the exclusive Brookshire Garden Design Competition. So when everyone in town begins flocking to the local ‘ghost walk’ tours Julianne assures her wide-eyed children it’s just a case of imagination run wild...until she experiences her own brush with the supernatural, that is.
Real or imagined, Julianne can’t shrug off what she saw, or even bring herself to confide in sympathetic Matt for advice. Best friend Kitty is on hand to help, despite her usual family battles, including that of her cousins’ shady new scheme to profit from the town’s ghost mania. But even Julianne’s friends can’t fully understand her need to find a solution this time, one that leads her on a quirky quest from local lore, to meetings with the village’s ragtag paranormal club, and even a creepy abandoned cottage hiding secrets in the woods.
Join Julianne for suspense, surprises, and (of course) heartfelt moments as book four in the series brings an autumn like no other to sleepy Ceffylgwyn.
Meanwhile, Lady Amanda and the rest of the council are at odds over the village's usual welcome for a summer carnival, filled with daredevils, prize stalls, and circus feats under a marquee. Despite her hectic schedule, Julianne agrees to help smooth the conflict, but a chance meeting with a stranger and an apparent case of mistaken identity highlights the mysterious past of ... Mrs. Norris?
It's a typical season of surprises, setbacks, and unusual circumstances for Julianne and all of her friends in their idyllic slice of Cornwall, so brew a cup of tea and curl up for the latest revelations yet to unfold in this latest installment of A WEDDING IN CORNWALL's popular series sequel.
Baking champion Dinah returns to her roots to open the village’s first new bakery in ages. With mouths already watering for her famous marmalade creations she’s sure to be a hit—until her archenemy from the reality baking show, perfectionist Prue announces she’s also setting up shop in town. Is there room enough for the two of them? And what will Dinah do when Prue attempts to steal her thunder at every possible turn?
Meanwhile, Julianne is tempted to play matchmaker for old friend Gemma, setting up the romance novelist with a certain eligible bachelor for her latest visit. But Julianne’s ploy to get them together doesn’t go quite the way she pictured…and neither does the wedding she and Kitty are organizing for a bridal magazine’s exclusive Cornish wedding contest. With the magazine’s obsession for picture-perfect moments overshadowing the bride’s own wishes, Julianne worries the couple’s special day can only end in disaster.
Can Julianne salvage her most unusual wedding yet while also fixing poor Gemma’s romantic woes? And when tempers flare, will Dinah be the last baker standing—or will she go down in the flames of defeat? It’s a summer of rivalries and romantic sparks in the series’ latest volume meant to satisfy the sweetest of reader cravings.
Back from globetrotting in South America, Percy the earl is adventurous as ever when he pays a surprise visit to Ceffylgwyn. Also back in the village’s midst—in this case to oversee another groundbreaking archaeological find—is Percy’s ex-fiancee, the eminent Dr. Elaine Pierce-Bishop. Coincidence? Julianne doesn’t think so, but she resists prying, especially after Percy enlists her aid with a far more delicate issue: a mystery surrounding Elaine’s new intern, a bright young student named Cecily whose aspirations hinge on the secrets of her own family background. With a historical legacy at stake and Cecily’s reputation on the line, it’s obvious that Percy means to do all that he can to help uncover the truth—and the fact he’s doing it for Elaine’s sake as well couldn’t be more obvious, despite their failed wedding of the past.
But turning sleuth for Percy’s quest isn’t the only thing on Julianne’s plate: she and Kitty have taken on bookworm and brief acquaintance Paula as a trial secretary for Save the Date, even though her skills may not be quite suited for the event planning world. Plus, there’s a wedding to plan, and among its bridesmaids is none other than Kimmie, the television celebrity who stole the heart of manor house chef Michael during the bake off. When it becomes clear that Kimmie is still pining for him despite her own engagement, though, Julianne struggles to find the right words of advice for their romantic dilemma.
Will Kimmie find the courage to tell Michael how she feels—and is it too late for them even if she does? What about Percy’s attempts to solve a mystery that reaches decades into the past? And will Julianne regret entrusting uni student Paula with her business’ phone and filing system while she balances the usual chaos of life?
Filled with romance, intrigue, and laughter, this latest addition of the series delivers a bouquet of spring surprises for Julianne and her friends at Cliffs House.
Dance fever has hit Julianne's home village with the announcement that popular competitive dance program 'Dance With Me' will be hosting its latest challenge near Ceffylgwyn, and -- in a bombshell revelation -- that none other than the village's own police sergeant Charlie is among the latest and most unlikely of competitors.
With his secret hobby now public knowledge, and a nonchalant attitude of confidence with regards to a possible win, Charlie looks to his friends for practice-time encouragement, and Julianne, Rosie, and Lorrie soon find themselves enlisted as his confidants and itinerant dance coaches -- particularly the village's school headmistress, with her credentials as a former dance coach for a failed girl's competitive team. But does Charlie really have what it takes to beat a roster of driven amateur hoofers -- not to mention live down local gossip and teasing for the idea of a 'copper' in big boots waltzing his way to victory?
Julianne's sympathetic ear is being bent in another direction, however, with the return of her old friend Gemma for an extended visit. Despite the pretense she's home to work on her latest novel, Gemma makes a confession regarding a deep-seated fancy she's been resisting for months, after Julianne's failed attempt to fix her up with one of the village's most eligible bachelors. She's begging Julianne for help in attracting her secret fancy's notice -- none other than the village's kindhearted and self-confessed nerdy schoolteacher Ben.
With Joel's role in the school's science team competition as a ruse, Julianne does her best to help Gemma gain his notice, but has her doubts as the plan -- and Gemma's courage -- unravels. Meanwhile, Charlie's chances of victory hit a snag, and Kitty's woes with her newly-single mum continue to grow. Outlandish comedienne Kimmie returns as the dance show presenter who gives Julianne the inside scoop on fickle judges and ever-changing odds as the competition heats up in its final days, with Charlie needing luck and Lorrie's best efforts to keep his hope alive.
Busy mother of two Julianne Rose has extended her talents beyond the manor house, opening her own event planning agency with the help of no-nonsense best friend Kitty. Balancing the chaos of daily life with their respective careers in their beloved Cornish village means Julianne can rarely snatch a romantic moment with handsome husband Matt. And just when it seems things couldn’t get any more chaotic, a sudden arrival at Cliffs House lands Julianne in the most unusual event of her career.
The reappearance of Percy or ‘the old earl’ after years of adventures abroad has temporarily shocked Lord William and Lady Amanda and set the entire village abuzz with gossip. Grizzled, spry, and delightfully eccentric, he’s returned with a most unusual set of traveling companions: an archaeological team digging in a spot whispered to have ties with the legendary Camelot. But it’s Percy’s ties with a certain charming woman among its team that has everyone taken by surprise, along with the news of their soon-to-be nuptials.
Tasked with planning the big day, Julianne and Kitty spring at this opportunity despite its rushed timeline and their own woes regarding the renovation of their future event space. But as the big day rolls closer for the earl and his bride-to-be – with cakes and wedding flowers competing with pottery shards and an ancient warrior chieftain’s grave for attention -- are there still surprising revelations to come?
Adding to the excitement is the return of former Cliffs House maid Gemma, whose posh new life as a novelist may not be all it seems … and Dinah visits in a flurry of festive baking for a holiday competition on everyone’s favorite baking show. Kitty’s life is in a tizz regarding both family and secrets … and Julianne’s happy marriage is challenged by an unwelcome sexy-and-persistent suitor among the summer visitors.
Filled with old friends, new adventures, and heartwarming Cornish charm, RETURN TO CORNWALL is an all-new, full-length novel—the first one ever to feature the characters from the original series!
With her chops as a new writer still less-than-perfectly established, Maisie has allowed her literary agent to persuade her into signing on as the ghost writer of a legendary YA heroine, with a tight Christmas deadline for her first adventure's publication.
Her new role at the eclectic Quillow publishing house is on tenuous ground, adding to her woes as a struggling author. Her personal life is tangled up in knots involving Alex, which have been pulled tighter after that emotional encounter with him last autumn—one which has changed everything between them without offering any clarity as to what happens next.
Meanwhile, the Penmarrow is busy once again during the busy Christmas season. The carnival troupe on the hotel's grounds is planning an idyllic pageant to entertain visitors for the hotel's winter fete, but its odd Punch and Judy show has unnerved more than one member of staff with uncanny scripts that seem to mirror their personal issues—Maisie's included.
Except for Molly, she has no one she can turn to for guidance on her new place in Alex's life. Dean's usual candor turns to hesitation after the truth about Alex's unhappy past is raised, including an unexpected revelation. Maisie is beginning to worry that the shadow of Lewiston —and its bitter secrets—are more of a threat to Alex and herself than all the memories he lost. Will Christmas bring her the answer she's been waiting for—or the disappointment that will confirm her worst fears?
But life in Cornwall isn't exactly as Julianne imagined it. Her first bride-to-be is a resentful, petted snob, the groom is immature and bored, and the Cornish staff of Cliffs House has a difficult time believing that an event planner from a mid-level position can handle a wedding this big. And then there's a personal matter -- the handsome, sometimes charming, sometimes standoffish gardener Matthew Rose. He and Julianne have a strangely complicated relationship somewhere between friendship and attraction. But with a secret in his past, and a scheming bridesmaid plotting to have Matthew all to herself, will Julianne find a way to untangle her feelings and the problems of planning a perfect Cornish wedding?