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I’ve been so lucky in the last week or so to have some absolutely fabulous books to read and this is definitely up there with the very best!
Title: The Little Shop in Cornwall
Author: Helen Pollard
This is another fantastic read from this talented author. She brings this seaside Cornish community to life in the pages of the book and I’d really love to visit it and Claudia’s shop! In fact, this is a bewitching, fun read with great characters in a delightful setting and an added mystery, too.
After discovering her husband is a manipulative liar, Claudia divorced him and moved from her corporate job to run a little shop at the end of the beach in Porthsteren where she sells crystals, oracle cards, soaps and other such materials. When a sullen teenager, Millie, comes in with her disbelieving father, Jason, the two females connect but with Jason the sparks fly. He is definitely not reticent about expressing his disbelief in everything Claudia sells but Millie is fascinated by it all. However, a new shop is opening soon, Millie needs help coping with the untimely death of her Mum, Jason has his own problems, too, and what with unexpected storms, rotten rumours and malicious damage life is going to be anything but calm for Claudia and her friends!
This is a story of challenging beliefs, being open to new ideas, learning to control your temper, working together and finding love. It is a laugh out loud fun read which is delightful to escape into whatever the weather and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This is another great read from this talented author and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it and everything else I’ve read by her! I look forward to reading more from her in future and really hope there will be more involving these characters in future stories – I’m sure Tanya would make for an intriguing leading lady in such a story!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Claudia thought she knew how this summer was going to go. Turns out, she didn’t have a clue…
It’s been two years since Claudia arrived on the beautifully rugged Cornish coast with nothing but a suitcase to her name. She’d walked out on the husband who had never loved her, ditched the corporate job she’d never wanted and vowed that no gym membership card would come within ten feet of her ever again.
Swapping boardrooms and cocktails for a little shop right at the end of the beach road should have been a bit of a shock. But from the moment she first laid eyes on the empty, run-down store, Claudia knew this was where she was meant to be all along.
After all that upheaval, Claudia was looking forward to a quiet summer, full of the usual holiday makers and long walks along the clifftops. But life in her patch of paradise is about to change in more ways than one.
Enter recently widowed Jason, dragging his sullen teenage daughter Millie in tow. Millie and Claudia immediately hit it off. And while Millie loves everything about Claudia’s free-spirited way of life, practical architect Jason is less than thrilled about his daughter’s new interests. He doesn’t shy away from telling Claudia exactly what he thinks and sparks fly every time they meet.
But as circumstances throw Claudia into Jason’s path in increasingly unexpected ways, she begins to glimpse what lies beneath his fiery temper and sharp tongue. Claudia was sure her new life was perfect in every way. But was there something missing after all?
The perfect summer holiday escape, full of warmth, humour and heart. Fans of Sarah Morgan, Cathy Bramley and Phillipa Ashley will be charmed by this seaside romance.
As a child, Helen had a vivid imagination fuelled by her love of reading (long past her bedtime!) so she started to create her own stories in a notebook.
She still prefers fictional worlds to real life and loves infusing her writing with humour and heart.
Helen lives in Yorkshire with her husband, two grown-up (in theory) kids and a Jekyll and Hyde cat. She enjoys reading, coffee with friends and indulging her nostalgia by watching old seventies and eighties TV shows.