It looks like a perfect Cornish autumn, with aspiring novelist Maisie Clark still finding inspiration as a maid at the historic Penmarrow Hotel. Between the staff of quirky co-workers, glamorous and unusual guests, and her growing friendship with the charming but mysterious Sidney Daniels, Maisie is living out adventures instead of just penning them in the pages of her would-be novel’s growing number of chapters.
And then there’s the slight problem of keeping the balance between friendship and ‘something more’ with Sidney, who’s helping introduce her to the village’s version of a Cornish Halloween, and has recently taken an interest in Maisie’s secret that may change things between them. But even Maisie’s imagination can’t conjure the unusual event this Halloween brings to the Penmarrow. An eccentric earl has chosen this site to host his lavish birthday celebration that includes a pretty (and perceptive) young psychic whose predictions seem to have everyone on edge — and, to Maisie’s delight, the elusive novelist Alistair Davies is rumored to be part of the guest list! But with the earl’s bickering relatives and illustrious friends on hand— and more than one ghost of the past waiting to be revealed — it’s anyone’s guess what the festivities will bring before the party is over.
Will the psychic foretell doom for the earl’s gathering—and is her ‘gift’ as genuine as it seems? Will Maisie finally meet her favorite author face to face? And, more importantly, what about the romantic sparks that fly between Maisie and Sidney?
This is the second novella in A Little Hotel In Cornwall series. I haven’t read the first but the author puts a little background at the beginning and it didn’t feel like I had missed anything and I eased straight into the story.
Being set in Cornwall, it’s guaranteed to be a scenic and atmospheric read and it was. There is a little bit of everything going on in the story. Having always been intrigued by psychic’s, I couldn’t wait to see if the one in the story was going to be a good one or not.
There are quite a few characters in the story with it being set in and around a hotel so we meet a mix of staff and guests. There really is a whole array of personalities with some being more likeable than others. Whilst there is a glimmer of romance between Maisie and Sidney, the focus is very much on the going on’s in the hotel.
A Spirited Girl On Cornish Shores is an engaging and easy read. It didn’t take long to read at all and is great reading material for the warmest time of the year. Though of course, it can be enjoyed at any time but a storyline to do with a hotel and set in that part of the world, it really gets you into holiday mode.
My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Author Bio – 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.
Giveaway to Win one of 3 Cornish themed prizes (Open Internationally)
1 st Prize: A Ross Poldark collectible Knitdark character doll (Open Internationally) –1 winner Perfect for fans of all-things Cornwall, this Ross Poldark doll with tricorn hat is made by Angela Blay, whose popular Knitdark creations have been featured on The Graham Norton Show. Since each doll is hand made, the Ross the winner receives may vary slightly in appearance from the one in the picture. Readers can learn more about the Knitdarks at Angela’s Twitter page @kwerkyknits as well as her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kwerkyknits
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