Released: 6th February 2020
Publisher: Independently published
Genre: Women's fiction / Contemporary romance
Orphaned as a baby and raised by uncaring relatives, much of Anna Redding’s happiness as a child came from the long summer holidays spent with an elderly family friend, Aunt Meg, in the charming village of Polkerran.
With Aunt Meg’s passing, Anna is drawn back to the West Country, relocating to the Cornish cove where she was once so happy.
Filled with memories, she hopes to perhaps open a B&B—and perhaps cross paths with Alex Tremayne again, a local boy she used to have a major crush on and who only had to walk past Anna to make her heart flutter.
Settling into her new life, and enjoying her work for the older, reclusive and—to be honest—often exasperating Oliver Seymour, Anna is delighted when Alex reappears in Polkerran and sweeps her off her feet.
The stars finally seem to be aligned, but just as Anna thinks all she’s ever wished for is within reach, a shock discovery brings everything under threat, and she finds out she’s living a dream that isn’t really hers.
The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is the first in a series of uplifting romances from Cass Grafton. Get to know the warm and funny locals of Polkerran, wallow in the quaintness of a Cornish fishing village and fall in love with romance all over again.
So, if a book is set in Cornwall, I'll probably want to read it. Cornwall is one of my favourite places - I've written books set there, and read various genres with that as the main theme. I was made aware of this novel, and intrigued by the fact that it was by an indie author, I couldn't resist being part of the blog tour.
I read this during quite a busy week, when I just felt like I needed to escape and imagine myself by the seaside … and Cass Grafton let me do just that. I enjoyed the premise as Anna was whisked into a different life and made it her own. The scenes were set beautifully and let me close my eyes and see through Anna's to make friends with the locals and start to see her own potential. This book was basically everything that I look for in a story of this genre; I loved the process that Anna went through to set up the B and B, and the job that she took part time to help with Oliver's book. Their relationship was really interesting to follow - I hope that we see more from these characters in future books.
I enjoyed the idiosyncrasies of the village characters and how they flocked to Anna, and I really empathised with her as she tried to find her way. If you like coastal settings with cosy, culinary themes, such as Jenny Colgan and Veronica Henry, then please give Cass Grafton a read - I love having the opportunity to support a fellow indie author and look forward to reading more from this series.
Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to be part of the tour, and to Cass Grafton for sending me a copy for review. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a cosy, feel good story - a perfect holiday read.