Friday, 24 May 2019

Book Review - A Cornish Secret by Emma Burstall - #HolidayReading Thailand

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Title: A Cornish Secret
Author: Emma Burstall
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 1st June 2018
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Be careful what you kiss for...

Esme Posorsky is an enigma. For as long as people can remember, she has been part of community life in the quaint Cornish fishing village of Tremarnock, but does anyone really know her? She is usually to be found working in her pottery studio or at home with her beloved cat, Rasputin. But when an old school friend turns up with a secret from the past, nothing will ever be the same again.

Meanwhile teenager, Rosie, is excited to find a bottle washed up on Tremarnock beach with a message from a former German prisoner of war. While the rest of the village is up in arms about a new housing development, she sets out to find him. Little does she know, however, that her discovery will unleash a shocking chain of events that threatens to blow her family apart.

Tremarnock may look like a cosy backwater, but some of its residents are about to come face-to-face with tough decisions and cold reality...

How refreshing it was to be back amongst friends in Tremarnock.  Ever since the first book of this wonderful series I have been hooked.

There are some fabulous new characters introduced into this book, including Caroline and Max, in two very different story lines. 

If you haven't read any of this series, besides missing out on great books, not to worry, as this can easily be read as a standalone. 

My favourite plot in this book was the fight to save the village playground, and the way the method picked develops. If I didn't know these characters so well, I'd almost think it was unbelievable, but its a great way of peacefully standing ground. 

Then there is Esme's friendship with Caroline, which takes a direction that will almost certainly surprise some. 

Oh and Rosie finds a message in a bottle that is dated to WW2, and she is determined to find either the write or intended recipient of it. 

Meanwhile Lizzie seems to be at her wits end with Robert, while Lowenna is utterly adorable. 

I love all of these wonderful characters and being able to find out what they are all up to currently.  Its another excellent addition to this much loved series. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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