Genre: Contemporary Romance
Get swept away along the beautiful Cornish coast, where a love story in a long forgotten diary has the power to change one woman’s life forever.
Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary.
In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.
Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.
Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?
An unputdownable and gorgeously romantic read about lost love and new beginnings set in the green hills and rocky cliffs of the breath-taking Cornish coast.
I’m so pleased to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for The Cornish Escape. I’m helping to close it down but do visit the previous stops!
Ahh that stunning cover! Makes me want to jump right in, I keep reading these lovely books set in these stunning places and it has me longing desperately for a vacation! Though this is billed as a romance I was pleasantly surprised by the added bonus of a historical mystery and you all know how much I love a good mystery.
Victoria has just been betrayed in the worst way by her husband of almost ten years, he’s cheated on her with a younger woman. Sigh. She escapes to Cornwall and is entranced with a rundown cottage, much to the dismay of the locals and her family. She can’t explain why she’s inexplicably drawn to Seafall Cottage, she just is. When she finds an old diary that an old man drops, her fascination grows. Soon, she’s wrapped up in the life of Tilly, a young girl who wrote the diary in the early 1900’s. She wholeheartedly and immediately identified with Tilly and she desperately wants to know her story.
This flips from Victoria in present day, then back to Tilly’s diary entries. Though I really enjoyed reading about Victoria’s new life and seeing the cottage transform from a ramshackle heap of junk into her lovely new home, I really loved Tilly’s story. She strikes up a friendship with Fen as a young girl, and they had such a sad story, the whole star crossed lovers thing. The characterization was fantastic, Adam is Victoria’s new love interest and he was charming and sweet. Victoria rents a houseboat while she’s renovating the cottage and her neighbors were the BEST! Angie was my favorite, she runs a bookshop from her houseboat, a FLOATING BOOKSHOP you guys! Amazing, it’s now my life’s dream to open one of these. She’s an aging hippie and I about died when she would offer Victoria a brownie that she called “suspicious”.
This had such beautiful scenery and a real sense of magic about it. I loved the mystery and intrigue, I don’t want to say too much, but it added something to make it standout in a sea of clichéd romance novels. The only thing I can say I didn’t love was the ending, it made me gasp and want more! It was very fitting though, I just wanted more information.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy.
About the Author:
Lily has been telling stories since she was a child, starting with her imaginary rabbit, Stephanus, and their adventures in the enchanted peach tree in her garden, which she envisioned as a magical portal to Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. She’s never really got out of the habit of making things up, and still thinks of Stephanus rather fondly.
She lives with her husband and her English bulldog, Fudge, and brings her love for the sea and country-living to her fiction.