Book Review: Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson

Book Review: Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie JohnsonPippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson
Published by HarperImpulse on July 2nd 2015
Rating: four-stars
Pages: 206
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Also by this author: Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe, Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe

‘The perfect summer story – a funny and moving read set in glorious modern-day Poldark country.’ – Bestselling author Jane Costello
Every summer has a story…
Since Pippa Harte was forced to take over her parents’ farm, she’s barely had time to shave her legs let alone make time for a date. Now she’s more likely to be getting down and dirty mucking out the pigs – and avoiding those of the human male variety.
When Ben Retallick walks out of her childhood and back into her present it seems that perhaps Pippa has more time than she thought. All Poldark smoulders and easy-going charm, Ben’s definitely worth whipping her wellies off for!
But Ben is a man with his own past and his own issues – and as much as she’s enjoying having him around, she’s got to get a grip. After all life isn’t always a beach … Then again, this is Cornwall.
Set on the gorgeous Cornish coast at the height of summer, this is the perfect romance to take on your hols!
Debbie is the author of Cold Feet at Christmas, the #1 Christmas bestseller!

When Debbie Johnson released her first HarperImpulse novel I LOVED it. Not only because the heroine in Cold Feet At Christmas had the best name ever (hint: MY NAME) but because it was a fantastic read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Since then Debbie’s released a few books, but the only other one I’ve read was Fear No Evil, which I LOVED (and I am still pining for a sequel Debbie – I WANT A SEQUEL, PLEASE). I’ve been meaning to read Pippa’s Cornish Dream for ages, so when I spotted the paperback at the library, I had no more excuses and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

Pippa’s Cornish Dream is one of those novels where I feel like I’ve read the book before. Rest assured, I haven’t, but there was just something awfully familiar about it, not that I could put my finger on what it was. I knew very quickly I would enjoy this novel, especially since Pippa’s first act is to unclog a clogged toilet, and then do a victory dance, complete with toilet brush which is AMAZING. Then Ben rescued a cow. ALSO AMAZING. That basically sealed the deal for me and I knew it was going to be a fun read, helped by Pippa’s amazing siblings, who added some welcome fun to the party.

Everyone knows I want to live in Cornwall. It literally sounds like heaven on Earth. The sea, lovely weather (or, rather, better weather than the rest of the UK combined), gorgeous views, cliffs, CORNISH ice cream, it’s just perfect, and the setting was one again magnificent in Pippa’s Cornish Dream. It was delightful. Cornwall settings just make me sigh with pleasure, it’s a little bit like coming home. This book literally have everything I loved in a book – farmyard animals, all named after characters like SpongeBob, Harry Potter, etc; character you downright adore and can’t wait to get together, I’m looking at you Pippa and Ben; and the most delightful setting of Cornwall.

I really loved Pippa’s Cornish Dream, it was such a delightful read, and I whizzed through it. There were a few dark topics, although what Ben did deserves a frigging medal, not what he got, but that’s just my personal opinion; but on the whole it was a wonderful, light novel. I can’t wait to devour Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Jumper (what a title) and The Birthday That Changed Everything. Debbie really is one of the rising stars of the Chick Lit world, and I love her writing so, so much.


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