Morning friends! I hope you are all keeping well and safe. Today I’m delighted to be bringing you a review on the publication day push for A Train from Penzance to Paris, Book 5 in A Little Hotel in Cornwall series by Laura Briggs. Happy Publication Day Laura!
When Maisie accepts a celebrated author’s invitation to mentor her, she finds herself leaving Cornwall behind on train tracks bound for the glitter city of Paris. Instead of making beds and serving coffee at the Penmarrow hotel in Cornwall, she’s making notes on her manuscript while sitting in a French cafe, meeting famous writers at private dinner parties, and trying to ferret the secrets behind the author’s unfinished future novel. It’s glamorous, it’s breathtaking … but it’s also an ocean channel away from the place that she loves, and, more importantly, the person to whom she just recently confessed her deepest feelings. Separated from Sidney by distance and circumstances, Maisie fears that their connection will be lost despite her words to him – and maybe because of those words, and the ones she didn’t allow him to say in return.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in her new life trying to distract her – the professional editor hired to critique her novel, the eager young literary agent who sees pie-in-the-sky potential for Maisie’s talent, but Maisie finds solace in the eclectic group of amateur writers into whose midst she finds herself by accident. Their critique and advice is fast becoming as important as the editors – maybe even more important than the published author Maisie believed held the keys to refining her skill.
But it’s missing Sidney that fills Maisie’s thoughts the most, along with her life back in Port Hewer, and she can’t stop wondering whether his feelings are the same as her own. His unspoken answer has become one of the most important pieces of her life, even as she struggles to match the pace of her new life and keep her dreams in sight. And when she unwittingly becomes privy to a seeming literary conspiracy, she must decide what to do in light of its truth – and decide what’s most important in her quest to become a professional writer.
Join Maisie in a whirlwind tour across two of the world’s greatest cities, filled with questions, dreams, and a chance for fame that she believed far beyond her grasp, as she discovers herself as a writer, and how to embrace an unexpected future on her own terms.
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We all know I love a book by Laura Briggs, so I was delighted to read Book 5 in A Little Hotel in Cornwall series. Despite the fact I’ve missed books 3 and 4 (which I will catch up on!) I was delighted to be back with Maisie and desperate to understand what happened in the 2 books I’ve missed! Anyhow……on to this fantastic book!
In this book Maisie is off in pursuit of her real dream to become a writer with the support of a famous author. She travels to Paris and lives the high life, meeting some of the literary worlds rich and famous, attending parties and experiencing the life of a famous author. Then they move on to London where Maisie receive’s guidance on polishing her book for publishing, makes some new friends, discovers a hidden talent and learns secrets she wishes she hadn’t. And in the midst of it all, she’s missing Sidney. Did she do the right thing before she left Cornwall? The question is playing on her mind, and all she can think about is whether Sidney feels the same. But will she get what she came to London for? Maisie has some major decisions to face!
Being back with Maisie is like being back with an old friend! I feel like I’ve had a good catch up with her to see what she’s been up to and how her book is coming along. I love the storyline – it’s wonderful to see Maisie going on an adventure with someone she has admired for so long, and the interesting characters she meets along the way.
Maisie, as always, is an amazing character. I’ve loved and routed for her from the start, and I absolutely love going on her journey with her. She’s so lovely and has such a passion for her writing, making personal sacrifices along the way. And all you want is the best for her – for her to be happy and for her dreams to come true. The way she supports others is heartwarming.
There are some completely unexpected twists in this which blew me away, but I’m not giving anything away!!
As always, Laura has done a superb job with her descriptions which really make you picture where Maisie is, and helps you feel like you’re there with her. This is one of the things I love about Laura’s writing. it’s easy to read too and the story flows beautifully. There is one more book in the series I believe, and I can’t wait to see how things end for Maisie!
As always, most definitely recommended by me! You can read these as standalone if you wanted to, but I would highly suggest reading the series which is fantastic!
Tour hosted by
Rachel’s Random Resources
Massive thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Laura and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Have a lovely day my lovelies