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Penhaligon's Attic (Penhaligon Saga) Paperback – 1 Dec 2016
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A close-knit Cornish fishing village is divided by the arrival of a troubled young widow. What is Anna Garvey running from, and is she all she seems?
From the Back Cover
1910. Anna Garvey arrives in Caernoweth, Cornwall with her daughter and a secret. Having come from Ireland to take up an inheritance of the local pub, she and her eighteen year-old daughter Mairead are initially viewed with suspicion by the close-knit community.
Anna soon becomes acquainted with Freya Penhaligon, a vulnerable girl struggling to keep her family business afloat in the wake of her grandmother's death, and starts to gain the trust of the locals. As their friendship deepens, and Freya is brought out of her shell by the clever and lively Mairead, even Freya's protective father Matthew begins to thaw.
But when a part of Anna's past she'd long tried to escape turns up in the town, she is forced to confront the life she left behind - for her sake and her daughter's too . . .See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
There are new faces in the village. Anna and her daughter Mairead have fled Ireland to start over at the place Anna's ancestors are from. Anna inherited the local pub and she's trying to make it as successful as possible. At first people are rude because they know she's keeping secrets, but when Freya needs her help Anna gives it generously without hesitation and because of this the lives of Anna and Matthew become intertwined. Will this mean there truly is a new beginning for Mairead and her mother or will the past eventually catch up with them?
Penhaligon's Attic is a beautiful story about two families with complicated histories. I loved the detailed and compassionate way Terri Nixon writes about her characters. The beginning of the twentieth century isn't an easy time to live in and through her thorough descriptions I could get a good grasp of what life was like in those days. The story has a well researched basis that's being combined with a fantastic intriguing plotline. The characters felt familiar and are easy to like. Because of that everything that happened to them kept me glued to the pages.
Terri Nixon's sentences have a nice natural flow and her writing is warm and comforting.Read more ›
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The setting of the book in a Cornish fishing village at the end of the nineteenth century really captured my imagination as the characters spring to life. When Anna arrives, bringing with her secrets of her own, a new chapter starts. There are hints throughout the book as to what this secret is but I'm pleased to say I was still surprised by the ending. I thought I'd worked it out and then there was a further twist which worked well and explained everything neatly.
The author is skilled at taking the reader with her for the journey. The only point at which I felt the book lost pace was when Freya leaves Cornwall as a child before returning many years later. Much more could have been made of this part or alternatively if it doesn't add much to the narrative then it could have been dropped or mentioned in flashback.
All in all, wonderful location and characters and a story that stays with you. A lovely, romantic read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fabulous read with brilliant characters. Can't wait for the sequel !Published 1 month ago by jill webber
Terri Nixon has once again managed to write a novel that gave me the best sort of reading dilemma, and for me, one that is proof of an outstanding story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jane
Freya grew up in Caernoweth in Cornwall and loved the sea and her life there until one night she nearly drowned after going out looking for her father. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MISS S A COLES
Terri Nixon does it again! Penhaligons Attic is beautifully written. The descriptions of the village and surrounding area draw you in - I could easily imagine walking through the... Read morePublished 5 months ago
If you haven't yet read and of this author's books, you are in for a treat! If you have, you already know she won't disappoint you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Granny June
What a fab read, great storyline which takes you with it, making you wanting to keep turning the pages. How long till the next book XPublished 6 months ago by julie winstone
A beautifully told story with writing that surpasses the Oaklands Manor trilogy, and with equally endearing characters. This is the best Terri Nixon has written to date. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johnny Nys
Really enjoyed reading this story. The other reviews say it better than I could. I have bought 2 books by this author and hope to buy more.Published 6 months ago by Janet Wallace
Terri Nixon has done it again. A wonderful read as were all her other books, I got totally lost in this story & can't wait for the sequel. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Concha
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