My second review is on the blog tour of Return to Cornwall by the lovely Laura Briggs; another wonderful feel good novel…and there’s a giveaway for you to win your own copy too!
book blurb & info
The sequel novel to the best-selling UK series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL brings new surprises, romance, humor, and wedding bells, to readers who fell in love with the first stories.
Busy mother of two Julianne Rose has extended her talents beyond the manor house, opening her own event planning agency with the help of no-nonsense best friend Kitty. Balancing the chaos of daily life with their respective careers in their beloved Cornish village means Julianne can rarely snatch a romantic moment with handsome husband Matt. And just when it seems things couldn’t get any more chaotic, a sudden arrival at Cliffs House lands Julianne in the most unusual event of her career.
The reappearance of Percy or ‘the old earl’ after years of adventures abroad has temporarily shocked Lord William and Lady Amanda and set the entire village abuzz with gossip. Grizzled, spry, and delightfully eccentric, he’s returned with a most unusual set of traveling companions: an archaeological team digging in a spot whispered to have ties with the legendary Camelot. But it’s Percy’s ties with a certain charming woman among its team that has everyone taken by surprise, along with the news of their soon-to-be nuptials.
Tasked with planning the big day, Julianne and Kitty spring at this opportunity despite its rushed timeline and their own woes regarding the renovation of their future event space. But as the big day rolls closer for the earl and his bride-to-be – with cakes and wedding flowers competing with pottery shards and an ancient warrior chieftain’s grave for attention — are there still surprising revelations to come?
Adding to the excitement is the return of former Cliffs House maid Gemma, whose posh new life as a novelist may not be all it seems … and Dinah visits in a flurry of festive baking for a holiday competition on everyone’s favorite baking show. Kitty’s life is in a tizz regarding both family and secrets … and Julianne’s happy marriage is challenged by an unwelcome sexy-and-persistent suitor among the summer visitors.
Filled with old friends, new adventures, and heartwarming Cornish charm, RETURN TO CORNWALL is an all-new, full-length novel—the first one ever to feature the characters from the original series!
So I’ve only read one of the original series so had met a few of the characters before, so this wasn’t a big reunion for me. However, the story is still fab with lots of characters to keep you entertained. You can definitely read this as a standalone, although it’s always good to go back and read the rest of the series if you can, so you can properly get to know everyone first. I can imagine that if you’ve read the series, it would be amazing being back with all the characters after a five year break!
There are so many wonderful things going on in this story, my favourite being the archaeological dig (of course!). Having studied a bit of archaeology, you can tell that Briggs has researched this aspect well and I was completely sold on the dig and the characters. I could imagine myself there with them digging up all the exciting things!
As well as the dig, we are catching up with Julianne and her event planning business (another thing I love having been one once!), her family life with Matt and her two kids, life in beautiful Cornwall and her friends, and their lives. I adored Percy – an old eccentric Earl who has been off exploring the world and getting involved in archaeology all over the place! There are so many other characters in this; if you’ve not read the previous books it can take a little while to get your head around who is who, but it’s worth it as they are all brilliant!
As always, I love Briggs’ writing style. It’s so easy going and enjoyable to read, it flows so beautifully and really gets you invested in the story. So overall, yet another fab book from Briggs. I would recommend reading the series first to give you that closer feeling to the characters, and then you will love catching up with them years later. If you’re looking for your next fun, feel good novel with lots going on, then check this out.
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 Laura for gifting me with a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
Have a wonderful day lovelies!
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