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Miranda's Mount [Kindle Edition]

Phillipa Ashley
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Miranda finds herself fighting for her home, her job and her heart, sleeping with the enemy may not be the best tactic...

With no family of her own, Miranda Marshall has developed a healthy respect - some would say obsession - with other people's histories. As property manager of a spectacular island castle in Cornwall, she's made St Merryn's Mount one of the UK's most popular heritage attractions. While she may have the castle running like clockwork, Miranda hasn't bargained on its sexy owner returning to claim his birthright.

Dark, handsome and with a rakish reputation, Jago St Merryn not only looks like a pirate but is intent on flogging the Mount to a soulless leisure corporation. Miranda faces the battle of her life as she tries to persuade him to face up to his past and continue the St Merryn dynasty. But Jago has his own reasons for jumping ship and when he throws down the gauntlet to Miranda, she's forced to delve into painful memories she'd much rather keep hidden . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009A7T0I2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Phillipa Ashley studied English at Oxford , before working as a copywriter and journalist. Her first novel, 'Decent Exposure' won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award and in 2009, it was filmed as a US TV movie called '12 Men of Christmas' starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins. Her latest novel, 'Miranda's Mount' won Best Ebook at the Festival of Romance Reader Awards 2012 and It Happened One Night was shortlisted in 2013.

Phillipa also writes as Pippa Croft - The First Time We Met, the first in a series of sizzling glamorous romances set at Oxford University is published by Penguin in early 2014.

She lives in a Staffordshire village with her husband and daughter and when she's not writing, loves walking in the Lake District and bodyboarding in Cornwall.

Praise for Phillipa Ashley

Miranda's Mount ... "Warm and funny and feelgood. The best sort of holiday read."
Katie Fforde

'lovely books filled with warm and likeable characters" - Jill Mansell

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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...Must also be good with a sword! OK, so where can I get one? Ebay? Amazon? Boy, do I need me a lifesize, fully-functioning Jago St. Merryn, complete with breeches, boots, cutlass and piratical gleam in his eye! :D

I loved this book. It's my favourite of Ms. Ashley's to date, and I've enjoyed all her previous releases. Miranda's Mount has Phillipa Ashley's trademark humour, snappy dialogue and fast pacing, but there is extra emotional depth here too. The setting (based on St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall) is fabulous - mystical, magical, timeless and steeped in legend and myth. Like me, the heroine, Miranda, feels the incredible history of such places so I really connected with her fierce affection and loyalty to St. Merryn's Mount. She's also feisty, principled and has a lively imagination - a great heroine.

But Jago...* self* Jago is a perfect hero. How can you not love an intelligent modern bloke who is sexy as hell and dresses up as a pirate?! Jago doesn't take himself too seriously and he plays up to Miranda's imagination. And devastatingly good at it he is too which results in some memorable and sexy scenes ;0)

The chemistry between Jago and Miranda sizzles, despite the personal and professional conflicts that threaten to snuff out their romance before it has chance to sail off into a Cornish sunset.

Ms. Ashley's writing really sparkles here. Miranda's Mount is a wonderful read. If only I could find a real-life Jago I'd be a happy bunny!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, cheeky, edgy. 31 Jan. 2013
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This is a very contemporary novel with super sharp writing and played out in a quaint, unusual setting. Cornwall makes a great backdrop to this romance and the author created a good atmosphere with not only the landscape but all the historical props too, which contrasted well with the modern feel. An unusual setting, in that our heroine works for a Cornish estate which happens to be a rocky mount, accessible only by a causeway.
Old lady Merryn decides to sell up, and all seems lost; but then handsome son Jago, returns to oversee the sale. Can Miranda persuade him to embrace not only his rightful inheritance, but maybe herself too?
On the one hand, this has all the expected ingredients of the chick lit genre, but on the other, it is so much more. This is very much a lighthearted, funny book but it is also very grown-up. It is sexy, cheeky and edgy. And there is another layer under the humour too, which gives the main players some depth and adds another dimension to the plot.
I admit I was initially a little put off by the cover and the title of this book, and for me, it began a little on the slow side. But the quality of the writing whisked me past all of the that, and the sexual tension was kept fizzing almost to the very end.
Very enjoyable and a very big beefy 4 star rating for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philipa Ashley's Best to Date!! 21 Oct. 2012
By Suzanne
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I have loved every one of Philipa Ashley's books. She just keeps getting better and better; not just the writing but the intensity and drama that is filled in her stories.

Humerous, Jam packed with sex yet emotional and perfectly written. Miranda's Mount is filled with moment's of laughter and joy as well as sadness that is brilliantly written. She potrays both main characters so well. Phillipa Ashley has a way of creating heroes like no other author. Ones that are able to hook you to the book from start to finish. In this story, Jago and Miranda meet under unusual circumstances. I thought the knicker incident in Fever Cure was an embarrassing introduction but Jago and Miranda certainly make that seem normal in comparison.

As much as I was really looking forward to Phillipa Ashley's new release, I honestly thought she couldn't top herself after 'Fever Cure' as I still read that many times as I love it. However, I was wrong. She has outdone herself once again.

This is definately a must read!!! Miranda's Mount is fantastic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! 8 Oct. 2012
By Rachel
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Funny, sexy, emotional and beautifully written, Miranda's Mount is a delight to read. I love Phillipa Ashley's 'to die for' heroes,they get me hooked into the story every single time, and cutlass wielding Jago is no exception. I've been looking forward to Ms Ashley's new book for ages and I wasn't disappointed - Miranda's Mount is fantastic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indulge - It's Worth It 29 Oct. 2012
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I am pretty choosy about my romantic fiction and I enjoyed this book immensely - it has humour, a love affair that sweeps you along and great stand-out scenes. I was admittedly already a fan of Phillipa Ashley - she wowed me with Decent Exposure and so I became a fan of her fab hero-creating ability. She has not disappointed me in this. Fever Cure was, I'd thought, her best hero yet (all the more enticing for the extra steam!!)
But I'm revising that now because Miranda's Mount is definitely her best book yet with her very best hero. It also has a heroine who I wanted to slip into the shoes of. I was sad to get to the end - but then, that's the sign of a good book, isn't it? An escapist romance read that's well worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully atmospheric Cornish romance 1 Nov. 2012
By Bryher
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I love Cornwall and think the idea of a castle in the sea off the Cornish coast is my idea of heaven. Phillipa Ashley quite obviously knows and loves Cornwall just as much, and skillfuly creates an emotional, sexy and in places very funny novel set on and around the imaginary St Merryn's Mount. There her heroine, Miranda Marshall is the property manager; with the widowed Lady St Merryn, she runs it as a spectacular and successful visitor attraction, but the responsibility of managing such an iconic location as a family concern is proving an almost overwhelming task. Ladty St Merryn's son, the current lord and master, has evaded the responsibility for years, but suddenly comes home, and proposes a radical new future for the Mount. What has brought him home, and can anything make him stay? The tension for both Jago and Miranda between the professional and the personal drives the novel to its very satisfying happy ending.

On the way, we find out about what goes into making a success of a venture like St Merryn's Mount and well before half way through I really really wanted to visit it myself, especially for its fictional Festival. Phillipa Ashley portrays a range of likeable, unlikeable, but above all believable characters and their relationships with one another with her accustomed wit, energy and skill, and her pitch perfect sense of place. I visited the real life version of St Merryn's Mount last time I was on holiday in Cornwall, and I could see every inch of it in my mind's eye as I read - such a pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and feisty!
Just reread this for the second time and it was just as good as the first time! Miranda has a job I would have loved in a place I have always loved! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annie C
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another romance novel...
This is my favourite Phillipa Ashley romance to date (and I've loved them all). The novel has a real sense of place and character about it that draws you in right from the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by AnnaArkadyevna
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great read!!!!
I loved this story full of real life and emotions . I found it hard to put down the book, it made me laugh and cry but was never disapointed.
Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by joyus
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect read!
Take one woman who lives for the idyllic place she works at, introduce the new swarthy Lord of the Mount and you have the set-up for a fantastic romance. Read more
Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Queen B
4.0 out of 5 stars A warm, summery read
Originally published on Serendipity Reviews.
This is a delightful, easy going read that will absorb your imagination and transport you to the sunny summery shores of Cornwall. Read more
Published on 8 Mar. 2013 by Serendipity Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable
I've read a few of this authors books before and this is my favourite now. It's a great romance and has even won a major romance award - well deserved too. Read more
Published on 28 Feb. 2013 by I have a stalker called Alison Priest from Solihull
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you with that feel-good factor
The first time we meet Miranda she's lost in the view from the battlements of St Merryn's Mount. We find out that she's worked there for almost a decade and the connection she... Read more
Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Shazjera
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this witty, funny and warm story. Always enjoy Phillipa Ashley 's books, would strongly recommend to family and friends. Read more
Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by julie keift
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up to the usual standard!
As a big fan on Phillipa Ashley's writing, I was certainly not disappointed by her latest offering, 'Miranda's Mount '. Read more
Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Some books have you hooked from the very beginning, this was definitely one of those stories. Loved every chapter. Brilliant!
Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by Siouxsie Sioux
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