Thursday, 20 August 2015

Book Review - A Seaside Affair by Fern Britton - Cornish Week

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Title: A Seaside Affair
Author: Fern Britton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased 
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 26th March 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

When the residents of the Cornish seaside town of Trevay discover that their much-loved theatre is about to be taken over by a coffee chain, they are up in arms. It is up to Penny Leighton, hotshot producer and the vicar’s wife, to come up with a rescue plan. Armed with only her mobile phone, she starts to pull in some serious favours.

The town is soon deluged by actors, all keen to show their support and take part in a charity season at the theatre. One of the arrivals is Jess Tate, girlfriend of TV heartthrob Ryan Hearst. His career is on the rise while her own is in the doldrums. But everything is about to change. Trevay must put on the show of its life – but can the villagers, and Jess, hold on to the thing they love the most?

What a wonderful book, this is the ultimate tale of  a seaside town, banding together to try and save their much-loved, iconic Pavillions theatre, from the grips of a global coffee chain. And the town of Trevay are definitely up to the task.

Although the overall outcome of the book at least in regards to the Pavillions may have been predictable almost from the time the predicament is mentioned, the story surrounding the various people in the town trying to save it, and the outside help they get, is so entertaining and enjoyable, I honestly didn't care. 

There are many main characters to this book, of which I could either sit and wax lyrical about all the different people and their various personalities, and run the risk of confusing you, or I could suggest you take a look at the book yourself, where Fern Britton will introduce you to everyone when they become relevant and keep you updated with all the threads of the story, without it ever becoming confusing. 

There are also loads of famous names mentioned, partly as people donating items to help the cause, but also there is a cameo by an extremely sexy actor right towards the end, although you would probably never guess the reasoning for him being there. 

This is a fabulous book of friendship, camaderie, many romances and ultimately how people can all pitch in when its a cause close to their hearts. 

A Seaside Affair is set in the lovely seaside town of Trevay, and the locals are generally a very friendly bunch of people, and the town itself sounds like a lovely place to visit. But it is the theatre that I fell in love with, the history of the place, and the stories of the actors and actresses roped in to help the fight to save it. 

I loved every second of this book, and felt it really summed up small Cornish town life really well. 


  1. Uh, oh, I think I now have another going on my holiday list, Rachel. Lovely review, Rachel. Just enough flavour to tempt the taste buds. Well done, Fern! Thanks for sharing, lovely. :) xx

  2. This sounds my kind of book - will have to read it soon.
    Angela Britnell


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