A Secret Cornish Summer: The heartwarming, uplifting new book for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author
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Learning about how to roast coffee beans was fascinating and I swear I could smell the coffee whilst reading. Thanks to Netgalley, Avon books UK and Phillips Ashley for an advanced copy in exchange for and unbiased and honest review. Eden has had a hard time in her last relationship and is most definitely not wanting to get involved with anyone else. I could just imagine staying in the wonderful cottages and being invited to look around the lighthouse, enjoying the new coffee blends and collecting vegetables from the allotment and sitting to enjoy the views.
An unforgettable tale of romance, humour and heart set against the stunning backdrop of the Cornish coast, from the Sunday Times bestseller. The writing is so descriptive, I could almost hear the waves crashing on the rocks as I was reading. Levan, the hot new neighbour, Eden the girl whose ex-husband was a total cad, Eden's Mum, Sally, whose character was never expanded on, and the kick ass Granny, Iris.
As we were taken around the lighthouse, it was so easy to visualise the setting and hear the sound of the sea. The state it was a hard stressful job and how glad they were when in 1998 all light houses became altomated. Or, if you’re currently in the middle of winter, snuggle up by the fire with a cup of cocoa and dream of warmer days! As the characters follow a well-developed story arc, it’s impossible not to be drawn into their lives. I have always wanted to stay in a lighthouse which has been converted into a holiday cottage - maybe I should make it happen!
Levan makes a memorable appearance, as he indulges in a headstand, in his neighbouring garden, while wearing a pair of bright orange speedos. Most of the characters had secrets that they didn't want the others to find out, or were afraid of revealing. We are introduced introduced to Morwenna, Edan's best friend, she's been away for a couple of weeks so missed her talks about Simon and Levan, she is a photographer. It was delightful to learn about lighthouses and the close-knit family that serviced them for years. Three generations of woman in one family with a historic link to the area and its history, secrets from the past, previous trauma, new beginnings and wonderful friendships, community spirit and the healing power of love, openness and honesty!After her life in London ends in disaster, Eden moves back to Cornwall to live with the mother Sally in the lighthouse cottage she grew up in. When Eden steps out of her beautiful coastal cottage to find a Speedo-wearing, suntanned stranger doing yoga in next door’s garden, she is immediately on her guard. Although her chemistry with Levan is clear from the start, it also seems that he has past issues which he has tried to get away from. Her writing is incredibly addictive and I could almost smell the coffee in Eden’s roastery and the tang of the salt in the sea air. All seems "normal" in this small community, with holiday makers coming to enjoy coffee and the stunning ocean views, until a mysterious neighbour moves into one of the holiday homes and turns this rather peaceful set of cottages into something a little more exciting.