I am overjoyed today to be part of the blog tour for Edie Browne’s Cottage By The Sea by Jane Linfoot. This is the third book that I have read by this author and I couldn’t wait to jump straight in.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, the author and Harper Impulse for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea
Those who don’t jump will never fly…
Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.
But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places…
Come home to St Aidan and Periwinkle Cottage for a romance full of love, laughter and friends for life!
I have read a couple of Jane Linfoot’s previous novels but this one completely blew my socks off!
Edie Browne goes to stay with her Aunt Josie in a small Cornish village. Her Aunt is struggling after the loss of her beloved husband and Edie needs a slower pace of life.
From the first page, I adored Edie Browne, she is warm, funny and brave. Edie is recovering from a health condition which makes her feel vulnerable and self-conscious. The illness affects her memory, dexterity, and ability to taste but she never used her limitations as an excuse and chose not to reveal the problems she faced. I liked that Jane Linfoot attaches a slightly chaotic slant to her writing, to reflect Edie’s lack of mental agility and brain fog.
However, to the incredibly warm residents of St Aidan, it doesn’t matter that Edie can’t remember her aunt’s name, drops almost everything she picks up and struggles to write her own name. They accept her for who she is and as her struggles become more obvious they simply go out of their way to aid Edie’s recovery.
Edie isn’t the only one who needs to heal. Aunt Josie is grieving and comes over as very sad (understandably) but also self-centered and snobbish. Edie is determined to get her aunt out of a massive rut and learn to live independently. The subtle changes in Josie are so heartwarming and you really learn to love a character who was initially selfish and distant. I loved the way that Josie instinctively knows when Edie is struggling to think of a word and she interjects to save her niece’s embarrassment.
There has got to be a heartthrob and he comes in the form of Barney who appears constantly and seems to irritate Edie at first. There are an array of interesting villagers and a little boy called Cam, who completely stole my heart. It is a novel about self-acceptance, adapting to change and moving forward. Life isn’t always what you dream of but that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy.
A thoroughly enjoyable read, uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking but always amazing.
Here are my reviews of other novels by Jane Linfoot.
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.