Today I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for asking me to take part. Don’t forget to enter the exciting giveaway, details are at the end of the post.
The Little Cornish Kitchen
It’s time to come home to Cornwall
With an exciting new life in Paris, Clemmie Hamilton isn’t looking forward to heading home to the picturesque but sleepy village of St Aidan, Cornwall. However, when she discovers that the cosy apartment by the sea, which her grandmother left to her, is under threat from neighbour and property developer, Charlie Hobson, Clemmie realises she can’t abandon her home in its time of need.
With her childhood friends encouraging her, Clemmie decides to turn the apartment into ‘The Little Cornish Kitchen’ – a boutique pop up pudding club raising money for the repairs to the building in an effort to stop Charlie once and for all. But when Charlie and his easy charm won’t seem to go away, everything soon becomes even messier than the state of Clemmie’s Cornish kitchen…
The first time we meet Clemmie Hamilton she is handing out blue macaroons, dressed as a mermaid at her friend’s publicity event. It is here that she meets the dashing Charlie Hobson, a property developer who is buying all the quaint cottages in the Cornish town of St Aidan and turning them into swanky apartments.
Clemmie is happy working as a PA in France, she doesn’t stay anywhere long and likes to live out of a rucksack. She is forced to return to her hometown because she has inherited a property there and is adamant that the stay in St Aidan will be a short one.
When she visits her grandmother’s former apartment, memories of her childhood start trickling through, no matter how hard she tries to fight them. Her friends are desperate for her to stay, but Clemmie is determined that she will return to Paris.
At first, I was a little perturbed at Clemmie, she seemed rather ungrateful and harsh considering she had wonderful lifelong friends, a job offer and a flat with sea views to die for. However, it wasn’t long until I realised that Clemmie was running away from something.
When The Little Cornish Kitchen is born we see a much warmer side to Clemmie especially when she is around arch-rival Charlie (who just happens to live next door). The recipes from Clemmie’s grandmother’s treasure chest make you yearn for the fresh baked taste of sorbets, meringues and a host of other sweet treats.
Jane Linfoot describes the apartment to perfection. I could just see myself standing on the rickety balcony with sea spray hitting my face and the wind taking my breath away. I love all things bohemian and Jane describes the interior as a cosy, multicoloured, cushion filled haven, the sort that dreams are made of!
Make sure this book is in your beach bag everyone, it’s a perfect holiday read!
I previously read and reviewed Jane Linfoot’s previous novel called Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop and you can catch up with that review here
About the Author
Author Bio – Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.
Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.
Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins.