Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour A Cornish Affair by Jo Lambert. It’s a contemporary read of romance, family strife and scandals galore.
Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in West Somerset, was followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in th Rain followed in 2017,
In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall, has just been published. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.
When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.
In the close-knit community of Carrenporth in Cornwall everyone knows everyone else’s business. Luke Carrack is only too aware of this. He’s been away for two years but nothing has changed – from the town gossips who can’t see past the scandal of his childhood, to the cold way he is treated by some of his so-called family.
The only person who seems to understand is local hotelier’s daughter Cat Trevelyan, although even Luke’s new friendship with her could set tongues wagging.
It’s hard to say what this book doesn’t cover, because it has everything from romance to death, scandal and family drama. In fact I am quite glad I don’t live near any of them, because it sounds like a lot of hard work and heartbreak.
Luke is sort of like the illegitimate child that used to be kept hidden away. The dirty little secret everyone knows about and everyone treats with contempt. As a child it defines the way Luke thinks about family, especially considering the fact he has never felt part of one since the death of his mother.
It’s refreshing that Cat sees beyond the secrets, the shame and the malicious treatment he endures and has endured over the years. She sees the man he has become. The man who is willing to look beyond the hurt of the past to move forward as a happier and more content man.
I think Selina deserves a line or two, mainly because she sure does get her fair share of slut-shaming, victim blaming and character assassination from nearly every character. Pretty sure if the shoe was on the other foot, the foot of the opposite gender of course, then it wouldn’t be deemed of any importance. Poor Selina who dared to not be a virgin, to taste the occasional forbidden fruit. How dare she live with carefree abandonment and enjoy her life. Just saying.
It’s a contemporary read of romance, family strife and scandals galore. A story full of secrets, quirky characters and two people drawn together only to be pulled apart by circumstances.