Monday, 28 May 2018

Book Review - A Garden In Cornwall by Laura Briggs

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Title: A Garden In Cornwall
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 30th May 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

With their lives exactly what they've always dreamed, Matt and Julianne await the arrival of the third member of their family — but their happiness is threatened when their landlady Mathilda announces her intention to sell their beloved Rosemoor Cottage for an impossible value. Devastated, Julianne struggles to accept the cold reality of her and Matt making their home elsewhere. 

Matt's life has taken a new turn as he finally puts aside his academic work to pursue his gardening hobby as a career: his first new job as a landscape designer involves neglected Penwill Hall's 'lost' garden — one with a truly romantic Cornish past. But the task of restoring its legendary beauty from nearly seventy years ago proves difficult among the ruins lost in weeds and wilderness. 

With notions of secret gardens and wartime stories echoing in her thoughts, Julianne is determined to help Matt and the estate’s new owner after the discovery of a hidden mural in the hall itself, depicting a breathtaking garden that may well be the lost one. Her efforts to uncover the past lead her to a curmudgeonly local gardener who just may hold the knowledge that would restore the 'lost garden' to its former glory. Will Julianne's quest help her find a way to deal with losing the home she loves? 

Hellos and farewells abound as Dinah returns to lend a helping hand at Cliffs House and Julianne relives her favorite memories of her and Matt's beloved cottage in Book Twelve — the final installment in the bestselling series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL.

If feels like the end of an era, when after 12 installments this absolutely wonderful series has had to come to an end.  And with it a book that really is a great new story by itself, but also has a nod to the past and to the unwritten future. 

I am already crossing my fingers that the author decides at some point in the future to revisit the lives of Matt and Julianne, as I am sad that I won't get to read any more about their lives, or about any of the characters that we have grown to love. 

Rather fittingly for a series that at the heart has had the romance between an event organiser and a gardener, this last book features a secret garden with  a mystery behind it, and a small scale event that Julianne was involved in organising. 

There is even the introduction of a few new characters, one of which i would love to get to know better, if only there were moe books, the rather intimidating new housekeeper at Cliff House. 

This book really did have a bit of everything from nostalgia, to a mystery to a massive declaration of love,.  I really enjoyed it, as have the rest of the series and as much as I do want more, I am also incredibly curious to see what else Laura Briggs writes next. 

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

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