Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Tanya's Review: Cornwall for Christmas by Ruth Saberton

Reviewed by Tanya Phillips

Sometimes the best Christmas presents are the ones you aren't expecting ...

When Kat James exchanges the city for a solitary Yuletide in a Cornish fishing village she's fully expecting a quiet time. What she isn't prepared for is a little meddling from her well-meaning best friend and a visit from the Ghost of Boyfriends Past. Romance, festive or otherwise, isn't on Kat's Christmas list. The last thing she is looking for is love.

Is coming to Cornwall for Christmas a big mistake for Kat? Has her broken heart set harder than the granite cliffs? Or will Polwenna Bay and its inhabitants work a little festive magic after all?

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This book takes us back to the stunning village of Polwenna Bay in Cornwall and back with the fabulous extended Tremaine.  This time we are introduced to new characters and the book revolves around people outside the family, although the Tremaine family still play a major part.  We are introduced to the meddling Tom Elliot, who is an assistant manager at the luxurious Polwenna Bay Hotel, and his friends Kat James and Alex Evans who have not seen each other since their break up on Kat’s 18th birthday.   Wiser and older Kat is visiting Polwenna Bay after booking a romantic Christmas break for her and her long term boyfriend, only for it to finish before the break commences.  Alex, a famous song writer, is visiting after the up and coming rock star he writes and plays lead guitar for, Zak Tremaine, suggests he visits the place when his Christmas plans with his daughter are changed at last minute.  Luckily Alex’s old friend Tom comes to the rescue and produces an available room in the very popular hotel at short notice.  There the fun begins!!!

I enjoyed the way that you learn a lot about the characters in such a short space of time which makes this novella a fast reading pace, and one that you will not want to put down.  The characters are fun to read about and catch up with.   The reader feels at home in the Tremaine kitchen and the village of Polwenna Bay that you really do not want to leave.  You can smell the sea air and the mulled wine whilst you read.

It is no hidden fact that I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the books in this series and have fallen in love with Polwenna Bay and the characters, the fact that I know them well adds to my enjoyment, but if you haven’t read any of the previous books you can certainly read this as a standalone. Although of course I think you will then want to go back and read more of the magic of the Bay and the characters.  I’m hoping that these characters will appear in the next story.    The scenery, as always, is stunning and the story so enchanting that it makes it a great Christmas read.  

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