Wednesday 19 October 2016

Book Review - A Christmas in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

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Title: A Christmas in Cornwall
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18th October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

It's Julianne Morgen's first Christmas in the Cornish village of Ceffylgwyn, and life seems perfect. Her job as an event planner couldn't be better, she's beginning to feel at home despite being an American in a tiny English village, and her relationship with handsome English horticulturist Matthew Rose continues to slowly blossom from friendship to love.

But when an old flame of Julianne's appears on the spot, she finds herself tangled up in her own past. A grand charitable ball planned at Cliffs House for Christmas brings its own challenges to Julianne's world, along with a last-minute wedding in London. And when she learns that Matthew's former career in America has invited him back, she worries about what it means for their future together if he says 'yes.'

A Christmas in Cornwall brings about a welcome return to Cliffs House, in Ceffylawyn in Cornwall. It was great to catch up with characters that had been introduced in A Wedding in Cornwall, and that Julianne is a lot more confident and established in her role as event planner. 

Firstly big kudos to Laura Briggs for not only coming up with a Cornish sounding village, but also managing to spell it the same way each time, as that is not a fun word to type, or say, but does conjure up a small village feel to it! 

There are a lot of things to really enjoy in A Christmas in Cornwall including Julianne attempting to make paper chains, I don't recall them being as hard to make as she finds them, and also Julianne decorating a range of Christmas trees all of which are really different. There is a very tender scene involving some memories and a tree that was a delight to read. 

Romance in this book is more of the will they, won't they kind, as Matthew and Julianne seem very reluctant to talk about their true feelings even if it may be blatantly obvious to everyone around of them. They do have a couple of obstacles to overcome including an ex, who is now living in London. 

If you are looking for a bite sized taste of Cornwall at Christmas time, then you should look no further than this novella. It is a pleasurable short read that feels about the right length, and is just a great look at a Cornish Christmas, complete with some great food descriptions, and the bauble truffles I would have loved to see!

Thank you so much to Laura Briggs for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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