Morning lovelies. I hope you’ve all got a fantastic weekend planned. Two posts for you today! First up is a review on the blog blitz of A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss by Laura Briggs, book 6 in A Little Hotel in Cornwall series. It was great to be back with Maisie to see what Cornwall and the Penmarrow Hotel will deliver for her this time…..
Weeks after boarding a train to Paris in pursuit of her writing dreams, aspiring novelist Maisie Clark is right back where she started: on the idyllic shores of Port Hewer in Cornwall, luggage in hand and heart filled with anticipation for what lies ahead. Except that nothing seems the same as Maisie left it, from her place among the staff at the hotel Penmarrow to her budding romance with groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, who isn’t quite ready to overlook the painful consequences of her sudden departure.
Losing Sidney would be unbearable, but Maisie can’t help fearing it might be true if the rift between them proves too deep to heal. She knows her feelings for him are unchanged, but whether he feels the same remains to be seen—particularly since she stopped him from expressing them in the first place. And to make matters worse, her position at the Penmarrow has been filled by another, there’s nowhere for her to live in the village, and her savings are finally dwindling to a pathetic number – with her book still unpublished after her startling discovery about the author helping guide her towards success.
But one thing which hasn’t changed is the drama and excitement at the hotel Penmarrow, where the staff is awaiting inspection from the dreaded owner Ms. Claypool. Stirring up trouble in the meantime is the owner’s special guest ‘Mad Ludwig’, an eccentric architect whose demands are definitely driving everyone on the staff a little crazy. And then there’s the hotel’s mysterious new desk manager, whose behavior ignites Maisie’s suspicions and causes her to become entangled in yet another form of intrigue—one that could unwittingly jeopardize the future of the Penmarrow and everyone who works there, unless Maisie can find a way to undo the harm.
With everything that matters to her most at stake this time, Maisie faces her biggest challenges yet…and her deepest question of the heart as she confronts the reason she returned to Cornwall and the Penmarrow in the first place.
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Maisie is back in Cornwall and needs to face up the changes that have happened since she left to visit London and Paris to chase her dreams as a writer. Now she’s back she realises how much she hurt Sidney, and is sad that her home will no longer be the Penmarrow Hotel. With no job and nowhere to live, Maisie temporarily returns to the hotel but someone else now has her position. Whilst working on finalising her manuscripts she needs to come up with a plan for her immediate future. Her savings won’t last forever……
Although sad to no longer be staff, she’s happy to see that the hotel is still it’s crazy self! With her friends preparing for the elusive owner to visit for an inspection, a special guest of the owners, Mad Ludwig causing havoc, and a new Desk Clark who manages to persuade Maisie to get involved in his ‘work’, Maisie certainly doesn’t get bored!! But getting mixed up in something she shouldn’t could have major repercussions for the hotel and her friends, and she must make a decision about how to right her wrong. She also needs to figure out what her departure means for her a Sidney……
This is another fab feel good novel from Briggs. It was great to be back with Maisie after her adventures in the previous book, and to be back with some of the fabulous supporting characters. The hotel staff are hilarious, and having worked in a hotel previously, I feel as if I know them and can feel their pain!
It’s wonderful to be able to see what finally happens with Maisie and Sidney, and whether they really will move forward. It’s clear that there are things that need to be said, and secrets that need to revealed but will they be able to do it? And will they finally end up together?
The plot is good, with lots of different bits happening. The hotel and it’s guests, Mad Ludwig and the owners visit, Frank the new Desk Clerk and his shenanigans, Maisie’s search for a new home and job, and her relationship with Sidney; as well a few visits to Dean, Sidney’s best friend to see how he is getting on.
It was good to see some developments with Dean although I did feel that these were a little drawn out at times; I just wanted to get back to the story of Maisie and Sidney! It may be because I’ve never warmed to Dean who has suffered a lot in the past, and seems to live in misery, but he could finally be coming out of that and I feel like we may see a different side to him soon!
There is plenty in this book to keep you entertained; you’ll be shocked, warmed and will laugh out loud in places. Briggs’ writing style is easy and enjoyable to read, so if you’re looking for your next easy, heartwarming read then this could be for you. You could read this as a standalone if you wanted, but I wholeheartedly suggest going back and reading the series. They’re all affordable on Amazon and will make the story mean a whole lot more, and it will give you time to meet and fall in love with the characters. Now I’m looking forward to Book 7!!
about the author
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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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for a copy of the book in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.
You can check out my reviews from other books in the series (and the missing one’s will follow soon!) below:
Back soon lovelies!