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Title: Summer at Conwenna Cove
Author: Darcie Boleyn
Release Date: 15th May 2017
Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.
Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.
Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love again?
Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday read about being brave enough to take a chance on love
The mental stress of coping in a high pressure job is sometimes only shows when someone’s body demonstrates by rebelling. In this story, being a highly successful headteacher has come at a very high cost, working long hours, having no life/work balance and ultimately costing Eve both her unborn offspring. her marriage and her health. When severe migraines start, she’s forced to take sick leave and, rather than rattle around in her lonely, large, marital home she decides to flee to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. She has happy memories of summers spent there and returning there helps Eve start to reevaluate her life, her choices and the options now open to her…..
Jack has served his country and seen some atrocities that stay with him as much as the injuries he’s suffered during his service. He is making a more peaceful life for himself including doing jobs for his landlady, Eve’s Aunt Mary, and working at the local greyhound rescue centre. He’s protective of the old lady and can’t initially understand why Eve hasn’t visited her in years. . . .
The author’s characters, their actions, reactions and experiences explore different aspects of this in a way that makes it easy for the readers to empathise with them and really made me hope no one ever actually needs to go through it all! As Eve and Jack slowly learn to trust each other and share their past, it is so heart breaking at times, but there’s always that glimmer of hope shining through the darkness, with love lighting the way to happier times if only they’ll learn to rely on each other.
This is one of the most emotional stories I’ve read. The author certainly knows about the problems which can be associated with teaching, especially the pressures and stress which can easily intrude on people’s lives both at and away from school. Taking stock of your life, making life changing decisions is never easy but sometimes is essential to help someone work to live rather than live to work. Getting that balance is crucial to mental health and happiness. This isn’t the usual light-hearted, fun read from this highly talented author but it is a very moving story and one that is well worth reading. As someone who has taken early retirement from teaching, I found it poignant at time and I can easily identify people I know who might easily have suffered in a similar way to Eve. I hope that anyone in highly stressful jobs who reads this emotive story finds it cathartic and it enables them, too, to determine what is really important in their lives and to move on to live a loving, happier and hopefully less stressful life. We all need somewhere like Conwenna Cove and the people there! No, this isn’t romantic comedy, but it is a thoroughly engaging read, a journey from despair, inspirational and very moving romance – I loved it and highly recommend it! I hope there will be more stories set in this location and community in future – and can’t wait to read them if there are!
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
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