Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham

4 Star

Get swept away along the beautiful Cornish coast with two love stories, centuries apart in time but entwined at their hearts.

Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary. 

In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.

Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.

Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

Kathryn - 4 Star

A fun and easy read The Cornish Escape will take you to the idyllic world of renovating dilapidated cottages and living on the river.   It also delivers some romance and intrigue and some lovely characters with which to explore it all.   I whipped through this novel and definitely enjoyed it.  However, I preferred my previous Lily Graham read A Cornish Christmas. 

Victoria’s marriage is over but I didn’t get the impression that she minded all that much, just that she was seeking a world where she felt she was more comfortable, and doing something for herself.  I liked her purposeful exit and her lack of wavering.  Her new life seemed to suit her personality better, it was not so frenetic and it allowed her time to think and take each new experience in.  The mystery surrounding the cottage’s history had me hooked and I wasn’t expecting the thorough back story for the cottage and the diary to be interwoven into the present so well.  Their story felt current and linked with Victoria’s- very well done.

My prior experience with Graham’s writing was warm, embracing and a little bit gritty.  She dealt with a difficult topic using people that I felt drawn to.  This novel didn’t pull me in as much and though the intrigue was there I didn’t feel the subject was so tender and therefore didn’t require as much subtlety of navigation. However, I enjoyed the novel and I liked the tiny links between this book and A Cornish Christmas- I wished there had been more!

Thank you to Bookouture for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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