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The Cornish House Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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A heart tugging story of loss and recovery. (Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME)
This is a book about loss, misguided decisions, heartbreak and change, but it's also about hope, long held secrets and friendships formed between the unlikeliest of people ... [it] made me laugh out loud and cry a few times. I loved it (Debs Carr NOVELICIOUS)
... the story is beautifully told with characters who reach out to you (SIDMOUTH HERALD)
THE CORNISH HOUSE is an escapist and often emotional book, in which relationships are put to the test. (STAR MAGAZINE)
Totally absorbing, a delightful debut novel (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)
A sweeping, romantic debut set in Cornwall, reminiscent of Rosamunde Pilcher.See all Product description
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I wasn't sure what to expect from The Cornish House, however I did really enjoy the book. I did find it took a while to get going for me, partly because of Hannah and Maddie clearly still being grief-stricken. Makes for some slightly harder reading,.
Maddie inherits Trevenen, in Cornwall shortly after her husband dies, and she has full custody of her step-daughter Hannah, who is devastated at the loss of her father, and is also behaving like a typical teenager towards her step-mum.
It doesn't take long for Maddie to fall in love with the house, and for the house to reveal some of its secrets, mainly towards Maddie's birth family. There is a lot of history of the house dealt with, and its prior occupants, including some diary entries. As not a huge fan of history, I wasn't too enthralled by all of this, it was interesting, but not really a preferred part of this story.
There are many arguments between Maddie and Hannah and their relationship is one of adjustment, as to how to deal with the other without Hannah's father to intervene. It is a fascinating relationship, and I loved seeing how it grew and changed as the story progressed.
I found the descriptions of a Cornish winter in a house that didn't have proper heating to be quite harrowing, as I know how cold that part of the country can get, especially with the sea breeze too, and I am amazed they were coping as well as they did.
It was Hannah's friendship with OT that really touched me, it was great to be able to see her confide in someone, and it seemed like OT was getting a lot from the friendship too.
The Cornish House was an enjoyable debut from an author I have every intention of reading more from.
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