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Title: A Train From Penzance to Paris
Series: A Little Hotel in Cornwall #5
Author: Laura Briggs
Publication Date: 8th April 2020
Estimated Page count: 180
Buy Link: https://smarturl.it/atrainfrompenzance
Well, I might have been right with what I’d assumed in earlier books – now I can’t wait for the next book after that dramatic twist at the end, just to see if I was right! This is such a great series as Maisie strives to improve her writing in the hope of becoming a published author. She travelled from her home in the US to Cornwall, hoping to convince an author she admires to be her mentor . . . . After a lot of surprising twists and turns in the earlier books in this series, Maisie is now embarking on a journey with the lady who claims to be that author! What an adventure as she travels from Cornwall to Paris to live and work with this secret celebrity, meeting powerful people who could help her achieve her dreams! However, she has left behind the man she loves. Will this prove to be the making of her as an author or will she forever regret leaving Sidney behind . . . . ?
This is a great addition to this series but it has really left me desperate to read what happens next! The story shows Maisie’s innate compassion and consideration for others. She reevaluates her choices and options as the story progresses and grows as a character through it all. There are lots of new characters to meet in this book, many of whom will help her develop her writing. There’s also that major surprising twist that helps create the cliffhanger ending and now I can’t wait to read book 6 in this series which is due to be released this summer!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so.
When Maisie accepts a celebrated author’s invitation to mentor her, she finds herself leaving Cornwall behind on train tracks bound for the glitter city of Paris. Instead of making beds and serving coffee at the Penmarrow hotel in Cornwall, she’s making notes on her manuscript while sitting in a French cafe, meeting famous writers at private dinner parties, and trying to ferret the secrets behind the author’s unfinished future novel.
It’s glamorous, it’s breathtaking … but it’s also an ocean channel away from the place that she loves, and, more importantly, the person to whom she just recently confessed her deepest feelings. Separated from Sidney by distance and circumstances, Maisie fears that their connection will be lost despite her words to him – and maybe because of those words, and the ones she didn’t allow him to say in return.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in her new life trying to distract her – the professional editor hired to critique her novel, the eager young literary agent who sees pie-in-the-sky potential for Maisie’s talent, but Maisie finds solace in the eclectic group of amateur writers into whose midst she finds herself by accident. Their critique and advice is fast becoming as important as the editors – maybe even more important than the published author Maisie believed held the keys to refining her skill.
But it’s missing Sidney that fills Maisie’s thoughts the most, along with her life back in Port Hewer, and she can’t stop wondering whether his feelings are the same as her own. His unspoken answer has become one of the most important pieces of her life, even as she struggles to match the pace of her new life and keep her dreams in sight. And when she unwittingly becomes privy to a seeming literary conspiracy, she must decide what to do in light of its truth – and decide what’s most important in her quest to become a professional writer.
Join Maisie in a whirlwind tour across two of the world’s greatest cities, filled with questions, dreams, and a chance for fame that she believed far beyond her grasp, as she discovers herself as a writer, and how to embrace an unexpected future on her own terms.
About Laura Briggs
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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