A heart-warming tale of discovering all you never wanted is exactly what you needed.
Orphaned as a baby and raised by indifferent relatives, much of Anna Redding’s happiness as a child came from the long summer holidays spent with an elderly family friend, Aunt Meg, in the quaint village of Polkerran.
With Aunt Meg’s passing, Anna is drawn back to the West Country, relocating to the Cornish cove where she was once so happy. Filled with memories, she hopes to perhaps open a B&B—and perhaps cross paths with Alex Tremayne again, a local boy she used to have a major crush on and who only had to walk past Anna to make her heart flutter.
Settling into her new life, and enjoying her work for the older, reclusive and—to be honest—often exasperating Oliver Seymour, Anna is delighted when Alex reappears in Polkerran and sweeps her off her feet.
The stars are finally aligned, but just as Anna thinks all she’s ever wished for is within reach, a shock discovery brings everything under threat, and she finds herself living a dream that isn’t hers.
Can Anna rescue the new life she has made for herself and, when the testing moment comes, who will be there to hold her hand?The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is the first in an uplifting series of romances from Cass Grafton. Get to know the locals, wallow in the quaintness of Polkerran, and fall in love with romance all over again.
What did I think?
The storyline of this book is simple. Easy to follow and both relatable and realistic. If I wrote it out you’d be forgiven for thinking it sounded possibly a little, well, bland. The magic in this book doesn’t come from the twisting and turning of the plot though. It comes in the realism, in the imagery, the romance. It feels as though you are diving into conversation with a good friend.
Anna is immediately likeable as a character. Down to earth, the type of person I felt I could have a giggle but also put the world to rights with. When the opportunity arises for her to move from Harrogate in Yorkshire to Polkerran in Cornwall her life starts to move at a different pace. It isn’t a rags to riches tale, but instead one that feels entirely plausible. Grafton’s writing moves you to want the best for Anna as she starts a new chapter of her life, bringing her into contact with friends from the past and people who will shape her present and her future.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and although the pace is steady the characterisation is so deep that I couldn’t put it down! I read it in just a couple of sittings, flopping onto the sofa with joy at the end of the day to immerse myself in it once more.
It is the type of book that is great for any occasion – to read before bedtime, during a long grey day, or sitting on a beach in foreign climes.
I am excited to see what comes next!
Where can you buy a copy?
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/998605
More about the author:
An avid bookworm since childhood, Cass Grafton writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.
She leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.
Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine but never in the same glass. She has two grown up children and currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband and imaginary cats, and England, where she lives with her characters.
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N.B. I was gifted an Advanced Reading Copy of The Cottage in a Cornish Cove in exchange for my review. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the tour and to Cass Grafton for the brilliant book! For more information about how I work with others, please take a look at my disclosure page.