Saturday, 24 August 2019

Book Review - A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores by Laura Briggs

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Title: A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self published
Publication Date: 23rd July 2019 
Rating: 4 Stars

It looks like a perfect Cornish autumn, with aspiring novelist Maisie Clark still finding inspiration as a maid at the historic Penmarrow Hotel. Between the staff of quirky co-workers, glamorous and unusual guests, and her growing friendship with the charming but mysterious Sidney Daniels, Maisie is living out adventures instead of just penning them in the pages of her would-be novel's growing number of chapters.

And then there's the slight problem of keeping the balance between friendship and 'something more' with Sidney, who's helping introduce her to the village's version of a Cornish Halloween, and has recently taken an interest in Maisie's secret that may change things between them. But even Maisie’s imagination can't conjure the unusual event this Halloween brings to the Penmarrow. An eccentric earl has chosen this site to host his lavish birthday celebration that includes a pretty (and perceptive) young psychic whose predictions seem to have everyone on edge — and, to Maisie's delight, the elusive novelist Alistair Davies is rumored to be part of the guest list! But with the earl's bickering relatives and illustrious friends on hand— and more than one ghost of the past waiting to be revealed — it’s anyone’s guess what the festivities will bring before the party is over.

Will the psychic foretell doom for the earl's gathering—and is her ‘gift’ as genuine as it seems? Will Maisie finally meet her favorite author face to face? And, more importantly, what about the romantic sparks that fly between Maisie and Sidney?

Although this is the second book in a new series, it can just as easily be read as a standalone, although I did feel it was nice to be back at the Penmarrow Hotel. 

Set at Halloween in Cornwall we get to see what sort of Cornish traditions there are surrounding the holidays and to coincide further, a family has hired the hotel for a private party for the week, to celebrate the Earl's centenary. 

The key happening of this private party is a series of seances and psychic readings - which really are creepy and even almost had a skeptic like me believing. 

I really enjoyed seeing Maisie's blossoming friendship with Sidney develop, as well as seeing what trouble Riley was getting into . And I rolled my eyes at what Gomez was hiding.   Yet it is the hints of secrets that have yet to be revealed, that make me keen to continue reading this series. 

This is short but quite sweet novella, which I did enjoy reading.  I feel like this is  a series that is just taking its first tentative steps at hitting its stride and that when it gets there will be very impressive. 

Many thanks to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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