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The two strands of the narrative – Bramble’s inheritance of Polgarry Manor, and the other goings-on in the village of Tremarnock – felt rather disconnected at times and it was Bramble’s story that definitely took the starring role. I’ll admit I struggled to keep up with all the different characters in the village and how they were related, despite the potted histories provided. A few characters were introduced and then despatched in quite short order and, given such a large cast of characters, it was inevitable that some had walk-on parts only. For maximum enjoyment, I would definitely recommend reading the books in order.
Bramble was an engaging character and I liked her desire to escape her humdrum life. I did have to keep reminding myself that she’s supposed to be twenty-five because some of her decisions seemed quite naive. I liked how the author showed Polgarry Manor gradually working its magic on Bramble.
‘She wanted the place to feel happy, its ancient walls and rattling windows, its brick chimneys and creaking floors to be able to breathe easily. She wanted to release it from the strange gloom that had descended on it in latter years, for it to feel free.’
‘She couldn’t explain it, but she felt as if it had somehow become part of her, like a child, perhaps, that needed her love and protection.’
I admired the author for choosing not to give us a completely saccharine view of a Cornish village, instead touching on issues of rural poverty and unemployment. The sense of community spirit in the village, the villagers’ willingness to support those less fortunate and to rally round in times of need are heart-warmingly described.
At the end of the book, rather than feeling her grandfather has handed her a poisoned chalice in the form of the dilapidated Manor, Bramble discovers he has actually provided its salvation and that new possibilities lie ahead for her.
Bramble Challoner is feeling a little dissatisfied with her safe little life - living with her loving parents, dating Matt who has been her boyfriend since they were teenagers and her 9-5 call centre job just down the road. So when she receives a letter informing her that she is heir to Polgarry Manor in Tremarnock following the death of her estranged grandfather, Bramble feels like it is a sign that everything is about to change. With the support of her best friend Katie, the two women arrive in Cornwall full of excitement and joie de vivre. But when they realise that nothing is quite what it seems, Bramble and Katie will soon show the locals exactly what they are made of. But is this magical place enough to make them want to stay forever?
The community in this story are centre stage as we get to learn how life is treating its members - for some life is everything they dreamed of, while others are struggling on the periphery, determined to remain isolated. You really get to experience the true meaning of community spirit in this book, and all of the characters will worm their way into your heart. TREMARNOCK SUMMER by Emma Burstall is an easy-paced, relaxing read with stunning scenery and interesting issues throughout, and I really enjoyed reading it. Perfect for a quiet evening outside with a cup of tea or a glass of wine in your hand.
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