Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Book Review - A Manor in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

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Title:  A Manor in Cornwall
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 29th March 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

Now that Julianne's happily ending is secure, her career as Cliffs House's event planner is suddenly busier than ever. Thanks to a Cornish singing sensation's upcoming concert at Cliffs House, and her promise to plan the perfect wedding for Pippa, Julianne hasn't a moment to spare for Matthew or his plans for a weekend outing at Pencarrow. But she's determined to find a way without letting down Ceffylgwyn for its big moment, or disappointing Pippa on the biggest day of her friend's life.

With a starstruck crew of volunteers, a persistent American event planner, and a seemingly ill-chosen assistant in the form of the village's former troublemaker, Julianne has her hands full, as usual. And it will take all of her friends, a few surprise twists, and -- of course -- her beloved Matthew to see her through it.

I'd only had the book a few hours before I couldn't resist the pull of returning to this marvellous series, which turned out to be a great decision, as A Manor in Cornwall is another strong addition to the series. 

It can definitely be read as a standalone, and the focus of this book has moved away from Julianne's love life, and is more about the two rather different events she is now working on at Cliffs House, for the same weekend, to the extent that she barely gets to see Matthew at all. 

The two events are on opposite size and scale ranges, there is a huge concert from a local opera singer, which requires Julianne to turn to the villagers to get a whole army of helper in to help out with, including one girl that she thinks has potential to be an assistant, but the other staff at Cliffs House are aware of the girls reputation and try to discourage Julianne from it. 

The other event is Pippa's wedding. Pippa has been a longstanding character in this series, and she is finally getting married, but she wants a fairytale style wedding on a shoestring budget and for Julianne to organise it. 

I loved seeing not only how the two events came together, but also the way Julianne was dealing with her new temporary assistant. 

A Manor in Cornwall is an easy to read, reasonably short novella, that is a great addition to this series of books set in a gorgeous part of Cornwall. With each book I feel as though I know the main characters that bit better, and as a result enjoy reading about them that bit more.  

Thank you so much to Laura Briggs for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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