Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Book Review & Giveaway - Tremarnock by Emma Burstall - Cornish Week

Amazon UK
Title: Tremarnock
Author: Emma Burstall
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 21st May 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Tremarnock is a classic Cornish seaside village. Houses cluster around the fishing harbour. It has a pub and a sought-after little restaurant. It is here that Liz has found sanctuary for herself and her young daughter, Rosie - far away from Rosie's cheating father.

Liz works all the hours God sends. First thing in the morning she's out, cleaning offices. At night she is waitressing in the village restaurant, while friends and neighbours rally round and mind Rosie. But trouble is waiting just round the corner.

As with all villages, there are tensions, secrets - and ambitions. Emma Burstall's wonderfully engaging first novel about Tremarnock is the story of what happens when one shocking turn of events sweeps a small community.

Having read one of Emma Burstall's previous books, I was delighted to see this as a new release appear on Amazon, and I couldn't resist buying it. Tremarnock is a Cornish village, that depends on its tourism, and is a very pretty place. 

Liz, is single mother to daughter, Rosie, and she works two jobs as a cleaner in an office block first thing in the morning, and a waitress in the evenings. She has a fabulous support network of the rest of the villagers, who made her feel so welcome when she first moved to Tremarnock, after she left Rosie's dad. 

It is Rosie's story that makes this book as special as it is. She has had a lot to deal with in her 9 years, and watching her deal with any misfortune that comes her way is inspiring. She is the central character to everything that occurs in this story, and she is a pleasure to read about.

The prologue had me intrigued from the start and it was with that knowledge that had me wondering quite a few times exactly what happened, and it took a while for all to be revealed, and not in the most obvious way. 

There is a huge cast of characters in this book, from all of Liz's co-workers, to the neighbours that mind Rosie regularly, to a certain restaurant owner. Each of them have interesting stories, and its a huge part of village life that they are all so neighbourly and friendly. But of course not everything is as it seems on the surface and there are plenty of surprises in-store.

Tremarnock is a fabulous story, and the first of a trilogy set in the village, and I am really looking forward to the second book. This one does have a proper ending, so I have no idea where the second book will go, but I hope this isn't the last we have seen of Liz and Rosie. 

Giveaway to win a book sculpture of the cover of Tremarnock (UK Only)

When I first announced my intentions for a Cornish Week, the author and incredibly talented Ann Troup offered to make a book sculpture based on the cover of a book I was planning to feature.

We agreed to Tremarnock by Emma Burstall, and this wonderful sculpture has been created, using the pages of another Cornish book. 

We are absolutely delighted to offer this as a prize to the following giveaway. This is for the UK followers of my blog only. Don't worry if you are international, I have a few other giveaways still planned for this week which you will be able to enter. 

Giveaway open to residents of the UK only (due to the fragility of the prize, we don't want to risk sending it internationally), all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 26/8/2015. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

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  1. What an incredible prize! If only I had somewhere to display it I would love to win that sculpture. Unique!

    Stephanie Jane

    1. Glad you like the prize. Ann Troup is so talented at creating these sculptures and they truly are unique. I sort of wish I was keeping this myself instead of giving it away!


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