Happy Tuesday my lovelies. Today I’m an absolutely over the moon to the be on the blog tour for A Cornish Escape by Jenny Kane. This is a thoroughly delightful, feel good, warm your heart, beautiful read where you’ll be able to escape to Cornwall with our wonderful protagonist Abi……
‘A summer read as scrumptious as its Cornish backdrop. Brilliant!’ Nicola May
Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Phillipa Ashley and Cathy Bramley, this summer romance is sure to warm your heart.
Abi’s life is turned upside down when she is widowed before her thirtieth birthday. Determined to find something positive in the upheaval, Abi decides to make a fresh start somewhere new. With fond childhood memories of holidays in a Cornish cottage, could Cornwall be the place to start over?
With all her belongings in the boot of her car but no real plan, a chance meeting in a village pub brings new friends Beth and Max into her life. Max soon helps Abi track down the house of her dreams but things aren’t as simple as Abi hoped.
Can Abi leave her past behind and finally get her happy ending?
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This is such a beautiful and lovely read – one of those that you don’t want to end because it makes you so happy!
Abi has recently been widowed at a young age, and realises that her current lifestyle may not be for her. Thinking about where she could go to, she revisits her fond memories of family holidays to Cornwall and embarks on an adventure to find the house that she fell in love with when she was eight. Arriving in Cornwall she realises she has a challenge on her hands, but bumps in to a local, Max in the pub and makes some new friends. This chance encounter also brings Beth into her life and things start to come together. However, one person doesn’t appear to want the best for Abi – making things much more complicated than necessary. And then there is the house she loves…….can she find it? And if so, will she be able to make it her own and live out the dream she has had for over 20 years………?
The first thing about this book is the cover……how beautiful is it! Just looking at it makes me happy – a beautiful cottage, sea, flowers, sunshine…..that would definitely be my perfect house!
In terms of the book, I absolutely loved it and only have positive things to say! The storyline is wonderful, enchanting and draws you in. Jenny Kane does such an amazing job of describing the scenery and I honestly felt like I was there, in Cornwall, on the adventure with Abi. It made me really want to be in Cornwall right now! From the sea, to the little tea/coffee shops, to the shop and the houses – you can see and feel it all. I could even imagine the seagulls having a sing in the morning (easy when I live near the sea I suppose!). A Cornish Escape has just re-enforced the fact that I have to visit Cornwall at some point – I seem to be drawn to it and this made me love it so much more.
So on to the characters…….I adore Abi, the protagonist. She has had a bit of rough time, her Husband has recently passed away, and she is trying to re-find herself. Learning about what she’s been through, and making new friends with her, you can’t help but fall in love with her. I was behind her every decision and felt so protective; just like she’s one of my real life friends!! Beth and Max are both equally amazing. They’re exactly the sort of people you’d want to bump into and be taken under their wing. Again, you can’t help but love them and only want the best for them. And probably my ultimate favourites – Stan and his dog! Amazing and utterly adorable, I just wanted to hug him constantly! But as you would expect, not everyone can be nice…..and there is one character you will not love and not route for. He is a piece of work and the things he gets up to will shock you – I honestly just wanted to punch him myself!
Although this is a happy and heartwarming story, don’t be fooled. This will also take you on a bit of a rollercoaster as you go on the journey with Abi. At points I was fuming, then I was hoping and had everything crossed, then I was nearly in tears, and then I’d be smiling! But this is because Jenny Kane has done such a wonderful job of making the characters relatable, real and loveable.
The story is enjoyable to read; a dual-narrative that is easy to follow with a beautiful plot. I honestly couldn’t give this any more praise! If you’re looking for your next read and fancy something that you will enjoy reading, will draw you in and make you completely invested in the characters; whilst taking you on a journey to beautiful Cornwall then this is for you. You really don’t want to miss this, it will warm your insides and put a big smile on your face. This comes highly recommended by me – I’m glad I have the paperback to keep and read again and I’m so excited that there is another book, A Cornish Wedding which I cannot wait to read!
about the author
From the comfort of her cafe corner in Mid Devon, award winning author, Jenny Kane, wrote the contemporary women’s fiction and romance novels, A Cornish Escape (2nd edition, HeadlineAccent, 2020), A Cornish Wedding (2ndedition, HeadlineAccent, 2020), Romancing Robin Hood (2nd edition, Littwitz Press, 2018), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), and Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013).
She has also written 3 novella length sequels to her Another Cup of…..books: Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent, 2016). These three seasonal specials are now available in one boxed set entitled Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection (Accent, 2016)
Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Hushpuppy, 2015)
Under the pen name, Jennifer Ash, Jenny has also written The Folville Chronicles (The Outlaw’s Ransom, The Winter Outlaw, Edward’s Outlaw – published by Littwitz Press), The Power of Three (Spiteful Puppet, 2020) and The Meeting Place (Spiteful Puppet, 2019). She also created four audio scripts for ITV’s popular 1980’s television show, Robin of Sherwood.
The Waterford Boy, Mathilda’s Legacy, The Baron’s Daughter and The Meeting Place were released by Spiteful Puppet in 2017/2018/2019.
Jenny Kane is the writer in residence for Tiverton Costa in Devon. She also co-runs the creative writing business, Imagine. Jenny teaches a wide range of creative writing workshops including her popular ‘Novel in a Year’ course. (www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk)
All of Jennifer Ash’s and Jenny Kane’s news can be found at www.jennykane.co.uk
Massive thanks to Jenny for inviting me on to the tour, and to her and her publisher for providing me with a paperback copy of the book in return for an honest review.
If you read this, let me know what you think. I’d love to discuss and chat about the story and the characters!
Have a wonderful day everyone