Spotlight on A Wedding in Cornwall by Laura Briggs (@paperdollwrites )

Wedding in Cornwall Amazon Cover

I’m really pleased to be featuring what sounds like a lovely novella by Laura Briggs today. Laura has kindly shared an extract from her book so you can have a taster of it. But first, here’s what it’s about.

A Wedding in Cornwall

It’s the career move of a lifetime, and Julianne can’t believe it’s hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, England, beginning with the wedding of a celebrity! If her old firm’s senior planner back in the States hadn’t fallen suddenly sick with the chicken pox, Julianne would never have found herself chosen for a life in one of England’s most beautiful coastal counties, surrounded by rugged shores, quaint cottages, elegant gardens and a house to die for.

But life in Cornwall isn’t exactly as Julianne imagined it. Her first bride-to-be is a resentful, petted snob, the groom is immature and bored, and the Cornish staff of Cliffs House has a difficult time believing that an event planner from a mid-level position can handle a wedding this big. And then there’s a personal matter — the handsome, sometimes charming, sometimes standoffish gardener Matthew Rose. He and Julianne have a strangely complicated relationship somewhere between friendship and attraction. But with a secret in his past, and a scheming bridesmaid plotting to have Matthew all to herself, will Julianne find a way to untangle her feelings and the problems of planning a perfect Cornish wedding?

Excerpt:

One of Cornwall’s milder breezes swept across me as I found my way past the formal hedgerows to the winding little path to the sea. I buttoned my green pea coat as I climbed down, gradually moving from the craggy slate walkway carefully built like a natural stair to the soft, wild grass growing alongside it. I angled my way towards the view of the water below, hearing it surge and crash against the cliff’s walls.

The wind rose and batted my hair across my face. I could see the Channel below, washing its way between the shores. I could see the beach, the stones and sand lost along the shallow edge whenever water rushed up from the sea. I sucked in my breath, imagining the power of the waves if I were below, walking along the strip of white foam instead of the soft grass and delicate purplish flowers around me.

That’s when I noticed I wasn’t alone. A man was kneeling near the edge of the cliff a few yards away at the foot of the stone path, watching the water also. Wind swept his dark, unruly hair back from his brow, and fanned the edges of his worn brown canvas jacket. Between his fingers was a sprig of something dark green, a plant or a leaf of some kind.

Sensing my gaze, he turned towards me. I felt my breath catch. He was attractive. But more than that, he was… familiar.

The handsome stranger from the railway station, his dark good looks even more impressive against the stunning backdrop of the cliffs and water below. A day’s worth of stubble made his well-formed features even more pleasing:  features that were accented by eyes that I imagined as dark as coffee beneath those perfect lashes and sculpted brow. For a moment, we stared at each other. Then he spoke.

“Do you mind getting off the heath?” A gruff, commanding voice that was filled with disgust — even though he was practically shouting over the ripple of wind and tide, I could detect that much.

I gaped at him. “What?” I asked. His manners weren’t as pretty as his looks, apparently. I felt a surge of annoyance along with my confusion for the accusation in his voice. Why was he talking this way to a perfect stranger? Who did he think he was anyway? Besides a good-looking…but no. That wasn’t enough to justify the rudeness etched in his perfect face, or the scowl he offered my shoes.

“You’re standing on it,” he said. “The heath. What are you doing off the footpath? Can’t you see you’re trampling it with those spiky shoes of yours?”

About the Author 

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Laura Briggs’ first stories were written in crayon about a rooster named Henry–but she was pretty young at the time, so it’s understandable. She eventually graduated to writing more complex plot lines and characters and writing her stories on a laptop. She tends to write stories with a romance theme, but as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).

Author Website: http://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter Account: @PaperDollWrites

Facebook Page: Author Laura Briggs

Kit de Waal, Simon van Booy, Ruby Wax, Louis de Bernieres, Kate Summerscale and Maggie O’Farrell @edbookfest

I’m sharing a few thoughts today about the events I’ve been to over the past few days.

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Wednesday was a glorious day in Edinburgh and it was lovely to be able to sit in the gardens in the sunshine between events. I began the day listening to Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon and Simon van Booy, talking about his latest book Father’s Day I haven’t read anything by Simon van Booy before, although this book sounded like one I would enjoy, but I did read and love My Name is Leon earlier this year (review here) Both books have children as their protagonists and the authors were asked if they found writing the voice of a child natural or difficult. Simon van Booy says he prefers to write children’s characters as in his own mind, he hasn’t grown up! Kit de Waal said she is childish so that helps. To enable her to get a real sense of a child’s point of view, she physically crouched down to get a child’s perspective on the world. She pointed out you don’t see many faces at that level. I was particularly impressed that both writers have used their success to help other aspiring writers. Simon van Booy founded Writers for Children which helps children to gain confidence in their writing. He is also involved with Reach – a college programme aimed at adults in poorer communities. Kit De Waal used some of her advance from her publisher to set up a scholarship for a creative writing MA at Birkbeck, University of London.

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My next event was to hear Ruby Wax was talking about her latest book on mindfulness, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. She says she’s an expert at being frazzled! Although probably best known for her comedy and tv work, she has an OBE for services to mental health as well as a Masters degree in mindfulness based cognitive therapy from Oxford University. She explained that these days we are very highly stimulated by  technology and social media and that our minds are just not equipped to deal with so much information. They are in a high state of arousal and the hormonal response to stress is to send cortisol and adrenaline round the body. Mindfulness aims to bring the mind back to a calmer state. She had the audience do a short mindfulness exercise showing us how to focus on one sense at a time. She says its simple but not easy – like doing sit-ups, you have to practice everyday to get better. It was a really interesting session as well as being, as you would imagine, very funny too.

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Thursday was not as lovely a day with an Edinburgh mist hanging over the city making everywhere feel rather cold! I did have three events to brighten the day though as well as meeting up with Karen from @orendabooks which was great. My first event of the day was to see Louis de Bernieres, pictured above reading from his latest poetry collection, Of Love and Desire This is a collection of poems written over his lifetime and focussing, of course, on love. He had brought his last poetry collection along by mistake so was relieved that the chair, Viv Groskop, had the correct book! He read a few poems from the collection including a few about or set on beaches. He explained that he lives near the sea so beaches are an inspiration and feature a lot. I was particularly taken by one poem he read called For Sylvie, Who Believed In Reincarnation. This was written after hearing of the death of a former student of his. Although a short poem, I was impressed at how much story I could deduce, as much from what wasn’t said as what was. He said that he doesn’t make decisions to write poems ‘they just turn up’ and that he always has a notebook to jot down ideas. He read a poem he had written just the previous evening  called ‘Dreamer on Princes Street’. Asked about his proudest achievement he said it’s the book Birds Without Wings which is a fictionalised history of the Ottoman Empire. He said it was his attempt at writing an epic like War and Peace and is very proud that it is used in Turkish schools and universities. I was pleased to hear that he has many more plans for his writing including two more novels in The Dust That Falls from Dreams trilogy.

 

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After lunch and time to read in the Spiegeltent, I went to hear Kate Summerscale chat with Val McDermid about her latest book The Wicked Boy. I have to confess that her The Suspicions of Mr Whicher has been languishing on my Kindle for some time but I will get to it sometime! Val McDermid explained that Kate’s book are narrative non-fiction, true history brought to life. She said of this book that it read like a novel which she just couldn’t put down and urged the audience several times to buy it! The Wicked Boy tells the story of Robert Coombes who murdered his mother in 1895. He spent several years in Broadmoor and when released, moved to Australia where he volunteered for the Australian Imperial Forces, served at Gallipoli and was awarded a medal for his bravery. I was fascinated to hear about the research involved in this book from looking at online records, to old newspapers, records from the trial and even travelling to Australia to interview living relatives of some of the people included in the book. I really must get around to reading Mr Whicher and definitely like the sound of this newest book too.

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Last stop for the day was meeting up with a friend to see Maggie O’Farrell – we are both huge fans! She was talking about her latest book This Must Be The Place which I read earlier this year (review here) I was really interested to hear about the inspiration for this book. She was in a cafe in London when she realised that a very famous film star was also there. Everyone was staring at her and there were photographers outside. They happened to visit the toilets at the same time and the actress looked exhausted (she was pregnant) and very upset. Maggie O’Farrell said she would have asked anyone else if they were okay but felt she couldn’t do that with the actress being so fanous. It made her wonder what it must be like to be so famous and that if it was her, she’d be tempted to just walk away from it all. She didn’t say who the actress was, saying it would be another intrusion on her privacy. Another inspiration was hearing a radio interview which, after it was finished, the presenter said had been recorded some years previously and the speaker had died shortly afterwards. She wondered about someone listening who may have known the person but not known she had died. If you have read the book, you will know how these ideas made it into the story in very important ways. She also told a very funny story about her daughter who was around 18 months. This is quite a complex novel in its structure and Maggie O’Farrell had a huge pinboard with lots of post-it notes tracking her characters at different times. Her daughter came up to her with a colourful bundle of paper one day and sad ‘all gone’. She had taken off all the sticky-notes. As she said, she literally ‘lost the plot’ that day! It was a really great session as Maggie O’Farrell is always interesting to listen to. She says she finds people endlessly fascinating and is always observing and writing down things they say or do. Never tell a writer anything – you may end up in their book!

The Secret Wife by Gill Paul @GillPaulAuthor #review

The Secret Wife by [Paul, Gill]

This is a book which had me totally enthralled. The Secret Wife draws on historical facts to weave a wonderful love story. Gill Paul has imagined what might have happened if one of the Russian Romanov family escaped the slaughter in 1918 and lived the rest of their life quietly and secretly. Tatiana was one of the Romanov daughters and in her surviving journals mentioned an officer, Dmitri Malama. By the way she writes of him, she was clearly very fond of him and her mother, Tsarina Alexandra, wrote that “he would make an excellent son-in-law'”.  Inspired by their possible romance, Gill Paul has written an epic tale of their love and how Tatiana might have been spared death. In the book she imagines that the lovers were separated after the Bolshevik revolution, neither knowing if the other was alive but both still loving each other deeply. In the present day, Kitty has inherited a cabin in the American wilderness from a great grandfather she had never heard of and begins to investigate his mysterious past.

I genuinely could not put this book down and read it over the course of a couple of days. I was totally captivated by the love affair between Dmitri and Tatiana and how they continued to love each other against the odds. I didn’t know much about the Romanov family except that they had been murdered and that there had been much speculation afterwards about whether any of them could have escaped. Gill Paul worked the historical facts effortlessly into her narrative so that I felt I learned a lot about the Russia of this era while reading. Initially, Kitty in the present day didn’t seem to have as much a part in the story but gradually her life and her investigation started to take a more prominent role as she uncovers more through her research into her mysterious great grandfather. She had gone to America following a betrayal at home and felt she needed to be completely alone to process her feelings. Discovering her great grandfather’s story helped her come to terms with her own life.

The Secret Wife is a book which has clearly been very well researched, giving such an evocative picture of time and place and of what life in Russia was like during WW1. It is beautifully written with characters who feel completely real, whether they are fictional or have their basis in a historical figure. The emotional story is romantic and exciting, moving and tragic, and ultimately satisfying. The kind of satisfying which may leave you with a lump in your throat. This is the first book I have read by Gill Paul but I will definitely be looking at her back catalogue and for future novels.

Thanks to Helena at Avon Books for my review copy. The Secret Wife was published on 25th August in paperback and as an e-book. The Kindle version is only 99p at the time of writing so if you love sweeping love stories against a historical background, take the opportunity to buy this at such a great price. You can order it here: The Secret Wife

From the back of the book

Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.

1914

Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance – and their lives – in danger . . .

2016

Kitty Fisher escapes to her great-grandfather’s remote cabin in America, after a devastating revelation makes her flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jewelled pendant that will lead her to a long-buried family secret . . .

Haunting, moving and beautifully written, The Secret Wife effortlessly crosses centuries, as past merges with present in an unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience.

Kaisha – The Writing Garnet – Blogger in the Spotlight

 

Kaisha (TWG)

I’m delighted to welcome Kaisha also known as The Writing Garnet to the blog today. I must just mention that I love the phone case you can see in her photo!

Thanks for agreeing to be part of my Blogger in the Spotlight feature. First of all, would you tell me a little about yourself? 

-waves- Hiya everyone! Thank you for having me on your blog! I’m Kaisha aka TWG (The Writing Garnet), i’m a single mumma to a beautiful little girl! We live in sunny Scotland, but my accent gives it away that I’m not originally from here😀.

What books/authors did you enjoy as a child?

HUGE HUGE fan of Jaqueline Wilson books, still am. I used to read the Babysitters Club by Ann.M.Martin, The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg..just to name a few! I was a massive bookworm as a child, and I still am.

What made you want to start blogging?

Honestly? To be associated with authors and the publishing world has been a dream of mine for over ten years. I have never really had the confidence to do anything about it. But, my life took a turn and I became even more ill and I found myself relying more and more on books as an escape. That’s when I decided to put my skills to use and start my blog.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Oh my, so many things! I love being able to write my own views on things without getting told I’m too blunt haha, showcasing my voice with my biggest passion, books. I feel incredibly honoured to be able to read such wonderful books and be able to talk to very talented authors as they come onto my blog. It’s amazing. So surreal.

Tell me about your blog – sell yourself!

My blog is called The Writing Garnet, also known as TWG for short. I only started my blog back in March (2016) so it is still a baby! Not only do I review books on there, I also interview wonderful authors and have some of them write guest posts for me. Plus, I have my own little features which may include something book-ish, but I might be just voicing my opinion in a humourous way. TWG isn’t a one genre type blog either. A lot of people associate me with just chic lit, but, whilst I do thoroughly enjoy that genre, I also review psychological thrillers, Women’s fiction, YA, children’s books, pretty much anything except sci-fi type. I find the variety of genres appeals to a lot of readers. Sorry, I’m rambling now!

What’s your favourite book you’ve reviewed in the past year? Or favourite three if you really can’t choose.

Ahhhh, thats like choosing a favourite biscuit! Impossible!! Let’s see….Melody Bittersweet and the Girls Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French is hilarious. Sam Carrington’s – Saving Sophie was paper bag worthy…ie…you needed one! Brilliant. Ahhh this is hard! Sorry I’m giving you more than three now. Sue Watson’s – We’ll Always Have Paris. LOVE. Karen Burns – The Paris Effect. Claire Seeber – The Stepmother. Lily Graham’s books. I’ll stop now haha.

What are you reading just now? 

The Ex Factor by Eva Woods (August 2016)

Tell me about your reading habits:  book or kindle, bed or bath, morning or evening?

Both paperback and Kindle. I never read in the bath, I’m too accident prone for that! I always read at night time, and when I’m settling my little girl. I’ll try and sneak in more reading during the day if possible.

How can people follow your blog or connect with you on social media?

Multiple ways actually! My blog address is: https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com – people can follow it by e-mail too via the button. You can follow me on twitter @kaishajayneh, Instagram @thewritinggarnet. Also, my blog has its own facebook page www.facebook.com/thewritinggarnet. I can easily be found on facebook myself if you can’t get hold of me, not many ways eh😉 http://www.facebook.com/kaishie.

And finally, if you could be a character in any book you have read, who would it be and why?

Good question! Silky from The Magic Faraway Tree because even though she is small, she sprinkles magic wherever she goes and always knows how to get out of tricky situations!

Coming soon – Scottish Publishers Feature Week

Coming soon on Portobello Book BlogScottish Publisher Feature Week

Look out during the week beginning 5th September for lots of posts looking at some Scottish publishers. I will be featuring Black & White Publishing, Sandstone Press, Cranachan Publishing, Saraband and children’s publisher Kelpies. I will have guest posts from the publishers telling you a bit about them, the kind of books they publish and their authors and what you can look forward to. There may even be some giveaways! 

My Busy Day at #EdBookFest

Monday was a bit of a busy day for me at the Book Festival. Well, I say busy, but it was spent mostly sitting down listening to lots of authors. I had lunch and a lovely chat with blogger @pamreader and also bumped into and had a chat with blogger @lizzysiddall As I saw so many authors, I’ll do my best to keep this shorter than an average novel!

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First author of the day was Prue Leith, famous of course as a cook, businesswoman, tv broadcaster and writer of many cookbooks. In recent years she has turned her hand to fiction and she was here to talk about the second book in her Food of Love trilogy The Prodigal Daughter which will be published by Quercus in September. It follows Angelica Angelotti, who has grown up in her family’s Italian restaurant business but has moved to Paris in 1968 to study French cooking. Amidst the drama and violence of the Paris student riots, she falls in love. Prue Leith was asked if love was more important that food in this trilogy to which she replied “Love is more important than anything!” She said she is not ashamed of writing love stories as all the great stories are about love. However she does get annoyed that when women write love stories it is classified as women’s fiction, chick-lit or commercial fiction, whereas a man will be said to have written with deep psychological insight and piercing analysis!

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Next I went to listen to James Naughtie talk about his second novel, Paris Spring which is due to be published in paperback next month. Funnily enough, it is also set during the student riots in Paris in 1968. He said one reason he wanted to write about this period of time was that he felt people had forgotten how melodramatic politics can be. He pointed that this was before the events of this summer with the Brexit vote and all that has happened in politics since! He said it had been a challenge moving from writing and broadcasting as a journalist to writing fiction. It had been fun to be able to make things up since he had spent a lifetime trying not to! He finds it fascinating how people respond to events, difficulties and threats. I expect he has seen this so much in his journalistic life that he has a lot of knowledge to draw on. One thing he had particularly enjoyed about writing fiction was creating dialogue. As a journalist, this isn’t something he’d had to do before. He felt his radio background helped when turning to fiction. Unlike tv journalists, radio journalism is about explaining what it’s like to be somewhere, what you can see, smell, hear. The job of a radio journalist is to capture and atmosphere and authenticity is important. Words matter, they are powerful and he has always enjoyed using words whether as a journalist or now as an author. I should say that James Naughtie was very witty and often had the audience laughing. A very entertaining hour.

 

After lunch, it was time to hear debut novelists Mary Paulson-Ellis and Nicholas Searle. Both these authors’ books are up for the First Book Award at the Festival. They both read from their books before chatting about them. I read Mary Paulson-Ellis’ book The Other Mrs Walker earlier this year and think it is excellent (read my review here). She read from the very beginning of the book and I can’t imagine listening to this very intriguing start about the lonely death of an old woman, with only a few strange objects in her house, and not immediately wanting to go to read the book! I haven’t read Nicholas Searle’s The Good Liar yet but I have a copy as my book group are reading it later this year. His book also sounds very intriguing being about a couple in their 80s who meet via internet dating. He explained that this had been inspired initially by an experience of an elderly relative of his. As both of these books use different periods of times throughout, I asked how the authors kept a track of what they were going to reveal and when. Nicholas Searle said that he had kept most of it in his head. He said that if he couldn’t keep the plot in his head, he couldn’t expect his reader to.  Mary Paulson-Ellis said that she had similar intentions but had created a kind of reverse spreadsheet after she’d written the book but focussing on the objects. As they appear in both the past and present she wanted to ensure these significant moments were clear.

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Next I went to see Joanna Cannon who wrote the wonderful The Trouble with Goats and Sheep due out later this year in paperback. (Read my review hereShe was appearing with Yewande Omotoso whose novel is The Woman Next Door This book looks at the relationship between two neighbours in a Cape Town community,  who absolutely hate each other. Both these books are exploring the hidden secrets of suburbia but through the eyes of very different narrators: 10 year old Grace in Joanna Cannon’s book and two women in their 80s in Yewande Omotoso’s novel. As both authors read, the humour in the books were clear despite some dark subject matter. Both agreed that you need the humour or the books would be too intense. Yewande said that humour is the lubrication to get you through the dark issues. I was interested in how both women’s professional careers influence or help their writing. Joanna Cannon is a psychiatrist and explained how a psychiatric patient is the ultimate unreliable narrator and how she looks for non-verbal clues. Similarly she enjoyed using Grace as an unreliable narrator leaving her reader to look for the non-verbal clues they pick up on as an adult. Yemande Omotoso is an architect, which might not seem immediately to be a career that would help writing. However, she said she is used to building a structure and she enjoyed fitting her story together, using layers and metaphors.

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The last event for the day was to hear Jessie Burton and Susan Fletcher. Jessie Burton’s most recent novel is The Muse (read my review here) and Susan Fletcher’s is Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew I didn’t have the best of seats hence the slightly arty photo above, as I looked through the glass partitions in a packed Spiegeltent. Both authors read passages from their novels which were beautifully descriptive, invoking quite a clear picture of their settings. Jessie Burton’s novel has as its muse a man, Isaac Robles, which is quite unusual as it’s more usually a woman considered a muse. In Susan Fletcher’s novel, Vincent van Gogh paints Jeanne, in her 50s she is the wife of the warden of the asylum he is in. Jeanne was attracted to van Gogh in some way despite his apparent madness. I loved that Susan said that “It doesn’t matter what age we are, we are still girls inside” – how true! Both writers spoke of being compelled to write, that their writing isn’t just a hobby. “I write because I don’t have the answers,” said Jessie Burton, “I write from a place of curiosity.” They also spoke of the weight of expectation after both their debut novels were so successful. When asked if there had been a muse or a mentor, someone who inspired them, Susan Fletcher said that being around other writers was a great inspiration as was attending events like the Book Festival. Jessie Burton agreed saying that interaction with readers mattered much more to her than a review in the newspapers.

So a busy but very enjoyable day for me. I hope you are enjoying reading my little reports. Have you been to the Book Festival this year and who have you seen? Or is there a book festival nearer to home you have been to or are going to? Let me know!

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts: A hilariously funny feel-good love story by [Darling, Annie]

I have just finished reading this in the garden on a lovely warm sunny day and it is just the perfect kind of book for summer reading. I must admit that since I got my Kindle I don’t read as many physical copies of books as I used to but I do still love a wander round a good bookshop. Bookends, soon to become Happy Ever After, is the kind of small, independent bookshop which are increasingly difficult to find these days.

Posy Morland lives above the bookshop which has been her home almost all her life. Her parents worked for the owner Lavinia and when they were tragically killed in a car accident, Lavinia vowed that Posy and her younger brother Sam would always have a home there. Now Lavinia has died and true to her word, has left the bookshop to Posy. However, like many independent bookshops, Bookends is struggling and Posy is going to have to work hard to make the business a success. She decides to transform it into a shop selling only romantic novels – Happy Ever After. She hasn’t reckoned on Lavinia’s grandson Sebastian though, one of the rudest, most arrogant men who also happens to be a very successful business men and infuriatingly handsome-and-he-knows-it! Sebastian wants to turn the shop into a crime bookshop and refuses to listen to Posy.

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts was a lovely read as we follow Posy’s plans to transform the bookshop. It was also entertaining watching her and Sebastian circling around each other and clashing time and again. I think it would be hard not to warm to Posy. She’s had such a difficult time losing her parents, losing Lavinia and facing the real possibility that she may lose her beloved bookshop, and therefore her home. It was touching to see the dedication she had to her teenage brother Sam and how she put her own ambitions of a writing career on hold to give him as stable a life as she could. Throughout the book she begins to learn to put herself first and becomes a lot more assertive. The Regency novel she begins to write as she explores her complicated relationship with Sebastian, while not a style I would normally read, was quite amusing and poor Posy became very confused about her feelings. Could she write a happy ever after for her characters that might be mirrored in real life?

I’d just like to finish with a quotation. There are lots of bookish quotes throughout the book, which if you are an avid reader you will enjoy spotting, but this one stood out for me. It’s from the letter Lavinia has left for Posy explaining why she has given her the bookshop and one I think all booklovers will identify with:

 “..you, my dear, of all people know what a magical place a bookshop can be

and that everyone needs a little magic in their lives.”

My thanks to Jaime Frost at publishers Harper Collins for offering me a review copy of this book. It’s already available as an e-book and is currently only 99p for Kindle. (Order a copy here: Little Bookshop) It will be published in paperback on 25th August.

From the back of the book

A delightful new series set in a quaint old bookshop, for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan. Where happy ever after is only a page away…

Once upon a time in a crumbling bookshop, Posy Morland hid in the pages of romantic novels.

So when Bookend’s eccentric owner, Lavinia, dies and leaves the shop to Posy, she must put down her books and join the real world. Because Posy hasn’t just inherited an ailing business, but also the attentions of Lavinia’s grandson, Sebastian, AKA The Rudest Man In London™.

Posy has six months to transform Bookends into the shop of her dreams but as Posy and her friends fight to save the bookshop, she’s drawn into a battle of wills with Sebastian, about whom she’s started to have some rather feverish fantasies…