Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Book Review - An American in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

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Title: An American in Cornwall
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 25th April 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

Taking a break in North Cornwall to soak up the summer sun, Julianne is spending her holiday with her best friend Aimee from Seattle — who's taking a holiday herself in Cornwall as a 'shop sitter' in a small village. Eager to introduce Julianne to her new friends and show off the quirky secondhand shop she's minding for the next few months, Aimee sweeps her off to quaint St. Petroc, only a few miles from the sea. 

Just when everything looks perfect for a week of historical haunts and lazy afternoons in the sun, a scheming local businessman makes a disastrous announcement that changes everything — and Julianne rallies to help Aimee not only defend the future of the shop in her care, but all the rest of the village's high street as well.

From an oily businessmen to a chatty bookshop owner, to a kindhearted solicitor and a crazy hen night planner, Julianne's latest adventure in Book Eleven is as impossible, impulsive, and charming as any she's experienced before. 

Well this was the 11th and penultimate book in this long running series, that I have been enjoying.  So for this story we are transported to a different part of Cornwall, where Julianne's friend is staying and looking after a shop on an exchange sort of programme. 

The story had a save our village high street sort of feel to it, which is a common theme in books at the moment, at least the ones I read. However being a novella suddenly being thrown into a new location with loads of new characters I found a bit discombobulating, but once I was getting into the swing of things  it was great. 

Although given the way book 10 ended, it took until around 70% of the way through, for the story that I I thought the timeline was wrong on to be explained,  which may have added to my unsettled feeling reading this book. 

Despite all that there are some fabulous scenes in this and the hen party planner character whose name escapes me for the moment provided some great comedy gold moments on a night out with Julianne and Aimee. 

More so than a lot of the other books this one can definitely be read as a standalone novella without any problems at all I believe.  

Not the best book in the series, but still an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.  Can't wait to start the last book in this series to see how it all turns out. 

Thank you to Laura Briggs for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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