A Cornish Inheritance by Terri Nixon

A Cornish Inheritance

Terri Nixon


1920, Bristol: Welcome to Fox Bay Hotel Helen Fox is happily married to the love of her life: bon viveur and former playboy Harry. 
With their three children, glamorous lifestyle and extravagant parties, they have the perfect life. But after a tragic motorcycle accident, nothing will ever be the same . . . 
Helen is forced to leave their Bristol home and move to the Fox family’s hotel on the Cornish coast – where she discovers her perfect life has been based on a lie. 
Now Helen must find a way to build a new life for herself with the help of a vivacious new friend, Leah Marshall; a godsend as Helen’s children grow up and find their own, often dangerous paths. But when the future of the hotel is threatened, Helen discovers that she hasn’t left her past behind after all, and unless she takes drastic action, she’s going to lose everything all over again . . .

My Thoughts

I love a historical family drama and A Cornish Inheritance certainly ticked all my boxes. Terri Nixon is a new author for me, however, I will be seeking out other books she has written. I was blown away by the quality of writing which is compelling with outstanding imagery without being overly descriptive.

It is set in 1920’s Britain and surrounds the life of the affluent Fox family. Helen is devastated when her husband tragically dies leaving her with three young children. Due to her husband’s failed investments, Helen finds herself homeless and without the finances she needs to secure her children’s future. She has no choice but to travel to Cornwall where her Mother-in-Law runs the family-owned  Fox Bay Hotel.

This is a complex family drama that keeps you guessing to the last page. The characters were so multi-layered, especially the amazing Leah Marshall with her skillful impressions, caring nature, and mysterious personality. There is deceit, betrayal, family loyalties, and strong women. This is an absolute must for anyone who loves a historical drama set in a beautiful location. I am already missing the Fox family and everyone connected to them. Hopefully I won’t have long to wait until the next part of the trilogy is published.

Many thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours and Piatkus Books for a copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly.

About The Author


Terri was born in Plymouth. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Cornwall, to the village featured in Jamaica Inn — North Hill — where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one’s ever offered to pay her for doing those.

Since publishing in paperback for the first time in 2002, Terri has appeared in both print and online fiction collections, and is proud to have contributed to the Shirley Jackson award-nominated hardback collection: Bound for Evil, by Dead Letter Press.

As a Hybrid author, her first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, published by Piatkus Entice.

Terri’s self-published Mythic Fiction series set in Cornwall, The Lynher Mill Chronicles, is now complete and available in paperback and e-book.

Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon. She is represented by the Kate Nash Literary Agency. She now lives in Plymouth with her youngest son, and works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, where she is constantly baffled by the number of students who don’t possess pens.

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