Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A GARDEN IN CORNWALL by Laura Briggs
With their lives exactly what they’ve always dreamed, Matt and Julianne await the arrival of the third member of their family — but their happiness is threatened when their landlady Mathilda announces her intention to sell their beloved Rosemoor Cottage for an impossible value. Devastated, Julianne struggles to accept the cold reality of her and Matt making their home elsewhere.
Matt’s life has taken a new turn as he finally puts aside his academic work to pursue his gardening hobby as a career: his first new job as a landscape designer involves neglected Penwill Hall’s ‘lost’ garden — one with a truly romantic Cornish past. But the task of restoring its legendary beauty from nearly seventy years ago proves difficult among the ruins lost in weeds and wilderness.
With notions of secret gardens and wartime stories echoing in her thoughts, Julianne is determined to help Matt and the estate’s new owner after the discovery of a hidden mural in the hall itself, depicting a breathtaking garden that may well be the lost one. Her efforts to uncover the past lead her to a curmudgeonly local gardener who just may hold the knowledge that would restore the ‘lost garden’ to its former glory. Will Julianne’s quest help her find a way to deal with losing the home she loves?
Hellos and farewells abound as Dinah returns to lend a helping hand at Cliffs House and Julianne relives her favourite memories of her and Matt’s beloved cottage in Book Twelve — the final instalment in the bestselling series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Now I do have to admit that until I came to write my review I didn’t have a clue that this was the final book in the series. What I had loved about it was the cover which just seemed to welcome me in. Matt and Julianne are a lovely couple that thought they had their lives planned out. Married, in love and expecting their first baby but giving up their dream home, which they both loved was not in their plan but unfortunately it was in the land lady’s. Renting had been a push but buying was way out of their league.
This is such a busy book with so many stories linking directly to Matt, Julianne and the cottage. I could really understand why Julianne didn’t want to move on somewhere else, as I just loved the diversity of all the characters that worked for the wealthy and influential owners of Cliffs House. My favourite character of the book was the House Keeper, Mrs. Norbit. Boy was she a battle-axe! But when push came to shove she did have a heart of gold. This is an emotional time for the young couple but with some digging round there others lives come together.
The beauty of the old house were the secrets that it held and soon there was a mystery to be solved. This book has that good factor feel about it, as it was lovely not having to check over my shoulders every two minutes. There aren’t any bad guys just ordinary people who you can relate to, get behind and cheer on. A real good cosy read.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series 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, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.
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