Book Review // Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa Ashley

Book Review // Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa AshleySummer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa Ashley
Series: The Cornish Cafe #1
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on March 9th 2017
Rating: four-half-stars
Pages: 320
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One summer can change everything . . .

Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

"Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read." Katie Fforde

"Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!" Jill Mansell

Demi doesn't expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.

That's until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends - and foes - as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.

Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi's own reputation as an up and coming caf� owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .

A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full.

Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

Despite the fact Phillipa Ashley has been around the writing scene for ages, I’ve never actually read one of her books until now. It’s just one of those quirks of fate, I suppose, but after reading Summer at the Cornish Cafe I’ll be dipping in to her back catalogue fairly soon (once I’ve read Christmas at the Cornish Cafe & Confetti at the Cornish Cafe, obviously). I’m a big sucker for books set in Cornwall – it just sounds so idyllic. It always seems to be sunny there and I can always imagine myself watching a sunset over the cliffs. *Happy sigh*

Summer at the Cornish Cafe actually made me want to cry at the beginning – Demi is a waitress and ends up being let go after an altercation with a patron. An altercation where the patron deserved a punch in the face, but that’s by the by. And so she ends up having to sleep rough, with her dog Mitch, not for the first time, which is just devastating to me. No one should ever have to sleep rough. It honestly breaks my heart. Thankfully, her ex-boss points her in the direction of Cal Penwith, who’s hoping to restore Kilhallon Park to its former glory and reopen it as a holiday park/glamping/camping site.

I loved Demi – and Cal. I’m a big annoyed that we don’t learn what happened to Cal when he was away, as he worked for a charity before coming home. It’s teased and teased and teased and yet it wasn’t told. But I liked how well they worked together and I loved Demi’s work ethic (she puts a lot of people to shame!). I liked seeing Kilhallon come together, too. It was just a fun, light read. I loved imaging what Kilhallon would look like once completed and I’m so excited to read more about Demi’s cafe in the coming two books.

Summer at the Cornish Cafe was exactly what I needed, without even knowing that I needed it. It just made me so incredibly happy, the writing was incredible and I’m so glad we get Demi and Cal and Mitch and Polly for two more books! Although I wouldn’t mind if Isla fell off a cliff and didn’t reappear. Ditto Mawgan (what kind of spelling is that for Morgan? COME ON, you’re just predisposed to dislike her). I really enjoyed the book, all joking aside. It was a fun, quick read. The pages just felt like they flew by and I liked that there was a lot left to uncover – making it so the second book won’t just be a filler, it’s the next stage to life at Kilhallon Park and I can’t wait to dive in.


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