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3.0 out of 5 stars Undemanding, Escapist Read, 19 May 2013
This review is from: A Cornish Affair (Paperback)
Jude Warren leaves her fiancé, John, standing at the alter at their wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and makes a bolt for freedom. Having tried to fill the shoes of her wonderful sister, Rose, who died some years earlier, Jude belatedly realises that, although she is very fond of John, who is both wealthy and attractive, she is only marrying him to please her mother. Now that she has shocked and upset all of those around her, Jude decides to take herself off to England where she stays in Oxford with Barbara, an old family friend. Barbara, realizing that Jude needs a project to take her mind off her problems, arranges for her to take a job at Pengarrock, a decaying cliff-top mansion in Cornwall, where she is to work for Petroc Trevillion, the owner of Pengarrock, organising and cataloguing his research work and papers.

At Pengarrock, Jude soon falls under the spell of the old house and its family chapel, and she falls totally in love with the beauty and romance of Cornwall. And when she learns that there is a secret to uncover, involving the loss of valuable family jewels which, if found, would finance the repairs of the beautiful old building, she becomes completely caught up in the Trevillion family mystery. However, when something happens to Petroc, and his estranged son, the very attractive Tristan, turns up at Pengarrock, with the desire to rid himself of the crumbling mansion, Jude realises that she has to do something to prevent him selling the house, before she can solve the puzzle of the missing jewels and hopefully save the family home.

This book was on my bedside table when I stayed with a friend for the weekend and, as it was 'hot off the press', I thought I would give it a try. Well, although I understand the author worked hard on this book (apparently it underwent twenty seven rewrites) I do have to be honest and say that I found the story unconvincing in some places, rather predictable in others, and the style of writing was not really to my taste. That said, the author writes lovingly of Cornwall and of the beautiful Helford river, and her descriptions of the old family house and its environs were pleasant to read; so, if you are looking for an undemanding, romantic, escapist read for downtimes or holidays, and if you read and enjoyed the author's previous novel:The Cornish House then this may well fit the bill for you.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2013 09:30:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Oct 2013 09:44:54 BDT
Mary, London says:
Susie B, Your review is very well written but gives away the whole storyline. No need to buy it now.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2013 17:35:26 BDT
Susie B says:
Hi Mary.
Thank you for your comment. I do have to respond however to say that I have provided only a little additional information to that which is available from Amazon and from the back cover of the book - and there are certainly no spoilers. However, I am sorry if you feel you have been provided with too much information. Regards SusieB.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2014 13:21:11 GMT
Hi Susie,

I read your review with interest as I live on the Helford River. I whipped through the book on my kindle in double quick time, really enjoying the references to places I know and love. What I like about your review is that you are fair and forthright, you and I know this isn't great literature but will nevertheless be a 'good read' to use that cliched term, for those who like this kind of story. It's none the worse for being wish fulfilment romance with a wonderful backdrop.

Thanks, Kate x

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2014 23:44:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Feb 2014 10:01:39 GMT
Susie B says:
Hi Kate

Living on the Helford River (lucky you) has obviously added an extra dimension to this book for you and I was interested to read your review and your comments likening the story to a Famous Five/Secret Seven mystery. Readers who aren't looking for literary fiction and who just want a light, romantic, escapist read - and there's nothing wrong in that - may well find this an enjoyable read, and I hope they do, the story just didn't captivate me as much as I would have liked. I'm glad you got a little more from the story than I did - thank you for your comment, it's good to hear from you. Best wishes. SusieB.
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