Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two Weddings and a Baby by Scarlett Bailey

4 Star

Tamsyn Thorne has not been back to her home town of Poldore for five long years.

But now her brother, Ruan, is about to get married and she has no excuses left.

Her plans to arrive in Cornwall looking chic and successful are dashed when a huge storm turns her from fashion goddess to a drowned rat. Worse, she ends up insulting the local hunky vicar – and then finds a tiny baby abandoned in his churchyard… 

Kathryn - 4 Star

The greatest appeal for me with Two Weddings and a Baby was the small village life in Cornwall and characters that Bailey created.  I will not pretend that the plot will throw you, it won’t. But the people surrounding the plot will make you feel warm and content and that should be enough to give it a go.

The author also writes under the name Rowan Coleman and I’ve read a few of her novels under that name and didn’t realise this was the same person at all until I started digging around. The same things I liked about the Coleman novels are also true in Two Weddings and a Baby- the people are well painted and there isn’t a single one that I didn’t want to invite over for dinner.

This novel has everything: lots of laughs, an attractive and altruistic love interest, a baby found in a basket in a storm and a family with issues all trying to get themselves organised for an imminent wedding.  The lost infant propels Tamsyn into thoughts she wasn’t quite prepared for and coupled with her increasing interest in Jed she finds herself unprepared to return to her previous life in Paris. Although I felt her Paris relationship believable I was much happier with the Tamsyn in Poldore than the one who resided in Paris.  It goes without saying that the author probably intended this to be the case- regardless though, I’m glad we were given a full picture of her French existence to have the comparison.

One of my favourite series of interactions in the novel was that of Tamsyn and her 4 year old nephews- they were so funny together and I loved her relationship with them- it definitely gave something more to her personality.

I hear there are other novels written with some of the same characters- I shall have to seek those out because I was completely entranced by the town and the people of Poldore.

Thank you to Random House UK for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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