Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Return to Cornwall by Laura Briggs.
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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.
About the book
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!
It’s fair to say that a fair few years and kids will dim the romance a little, even if it was a particularly beautiful one to begin with. This is the sequel to A Wedding in Cornwall, and although both can be read as standalone novels I would definitely suggest reading the first, so you can get to know Julianne and Matt. Their story is a wonderful one.
The couple are finding it harder to find time for each other, especially when Percy reappears and throws the place into confusion with his amorous intentions and an entire archaeological team. They are on the scent of a most exciting possible find. That in itself gives the story a sense of history and myth mixed with the more modern aspects of the read.
I have to say I felt there was a more serious tone to the story and the writing, perhaps the beginnings of Briggs venturing into waters with more depth. From the romcom to women’s fiction. The difference was a noticeable swing between voices.
The charming detailed voice that draws you into the sweet delights and the surroundings that make it such a lovely series, then the more contemplative voice that reflects on the reasons why and how people make certain decisions. The more nitty-gritty of family problems, unusual connections and the often bizarre path of love.
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