- File Size: 1266 KB
- Print Length: 203 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital; 1 edition (March 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2017
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JKGQEF4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There’s Something About Cornwall Kindle Edition
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The heroine, Emilie Roberts, is a photographer who was supposed to be off on her dream job in Venice . . . well that was the plan before she caught her so-called boyfriend, Brad, cheating and then he had the nerve to go bad mouth her to their boss and grab not only her dream assignment but took her prize camera with him! Instead of Venice, Emilie sets off to Cornwall to take photos offend created by television chef and perfectionist Lucinda Carlton-Rose as she tours the county creating delicious desserts in a variety of locations. Lucinda has a terrifying reputation from previous photographers who worked with her - one nicknamed her “The Devil wears an apron”! Fortunately Emilie will also be working with her friend, super organised Alice who has already sorted out the layouts to be used for each location and has all the props to be used with each shoot. It is Alice who has hired the camper van - which she has also nicknamed the Satsuma Splittle! Unfortunately life just doesn’t run smoothly for Emilie but sometimes that’s a sign of better things to come - well, you can always hope, can’t you?
When Alice is unable to continue on the tour, Emilie invites hunky surf instructor Matt Ashby to drive her between the venues. From this inauspicious beginning, there are so many laugh out loud moments on their delicious journey. I loved how the characters true natures were gradually revealed as the story progressed, giving the reader the sensation of slowly getting to know them and their raison d'être. It is great how the author showed that sometimes there are great motivations for people’s apparent attitudes and behaviour - and that the facade people show to the world is just that, a facade, and they can be so different when you actually get to know them. It is a story of being brave enough to follow your dreams and aspirations, facing life and all it throws at you with a positive attitude and trying to achieve whilst enjoying life. I had a big grin when I read of the guest appearance of another of my favourite authors, TA Williams, in the story. I wasn’t so happy at Emilie’s reaction to someone else’s accident!
There are also plenty of twist and turns - and misunderstandings, too. Nothing is really straightforward but it is still another delicious, heartwarming romantic comedy that I thoroughly enjoyed - mind you, I’ve found that true for every novel I’ve read by this hugely talented author! If you’re looking for something to cheer you up and you enjoy romantic comedy, I highly recommend you look no further - go grab yourself a copy of this story to enjoy!
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
And her first day doesn’t disappoint: from Emilie’s tripping over a box to her own bemoaning her unsuitability, the first day was rough. Very rough. Lucinda is known for her perfectionism, tight timelines and expecting a smooth and hassle-free experience with each shoot. After her very clearly expressed doubts in Emilie’s skills and suitability for the work, which threw Emilie’s confidence even further down the chute. But. Alice being the uber-organized (bordering on obsessive) insists that each day will improve, and beside the wonderfully unique transport cum living space in the orange and yellow camper van that she’s organized, there is a beach party that is a “must see” as it’s the wrap party for the local surfers.
And here – the story flips. Alice goes down on the uneven ground in her heels, as the two leave the party in the wee hours. Along with Emilie’s plummeting self-esteem, her ex also robbed her of the willingness to take chances, or to step behind the wheel again. Needing to continue the shoot, despite having no idea of how she will manage it, a wild idea hit, and one that, unbeknownst to her, will prove to be the first of many life-changing events.
Matt is a surfer-bum, chasing the waves and new experiences in an attempt to put his old life behind him. Relentlessly positive and encouraging, he’s captivated by Emilie and intrigued by her job And, it doesn’t help that he’s attractive, so much so that Lucinda’s PA, Marcus was keenly interested, so he signs on to deliver Emilie to each location, and hoping to show her a bit of adventure along the way.
James pens a lovely story that shows the growth and rejuvenation that comes with confidence, the mistakes often made when judging or making assumptions at first encounter, and the need to let go and move forward, both to enhance your own life but honor the pieces you lost along the way. Emilie was always easy to relate to, even as she was so self-deprecating until Matt’s magic started to work its magic. With a real eye for capturing an image, Emilie had the talent, but her constant worst-case-scenario attitude needed to be checked frequently, and fortunately she got that bit of kick in the pants she needed to see the possibilities. Hard to put down, the trip through Cornwall and the various treats (baked and liquid) added plenty to my ‘must check this out” folder.
I received an eAr copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Overall, this book is highly enjoyable and imaginative (I felt like I was there with the characters) and I can't wait to see what Daisy James comes up with next!
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