One of my favourite quotes from this book
‘Once you get past the worst anxieties of middle age, life starts to find a balance between fear and facing the fact that there’s only so much you can control.’
Very true, Laura Briggs!
I am a reader fan of author Laura Briggs. Her books are always a good read. She has an engaging voice, brings her settings to life and she always makes you think her characters are in for an easy ride but then shakes things up a bit so that you struggle to put the book down to go make a cup of tea.
Here’s the blurb
The sequel novel to the best-selling UK series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL brings new surprises, romance, humor, and wedding bells, to readers who fell in love with the first stories.
Busy mother of two Julianne Rose has extended her talents beyond the manor house, opening her own event planning agency with the help of no-nonsense best friend Kitty. Balancing the chaos of daily life with their respective careers in their beloved Cornish village means Julianne can rarely snatch a romantic moment with handsome husband Matt. And just when it seems things couldn’t get any more chaotic, a sudden arrival at Cliffs House lands Julianne in the most unusual event of her career.
The reappearance of Percy or ‘the old earl’ after years of adventures abroad has temporarily shocked Lord William and Lady Amanda and set the entire village abuzz with gossip. Grizzled, spry, and delightfully eccentric, he’s returned with a most unusual set of traveling companions: an archaeological team digging in a spot whispered to have ties with the legendary Camelot. But it’s Percy’s ties with a certain charming woman among its team that has everyone taken by surprise, along with the news of their soon-to-be nuptials.
Tasked with planning the big day, Julianne and Kitty spring at this opportunity despite its rushed timeline and their own woes regarding the renovation of their future event space. But as the big day rolls closer for the earl and his bride-to-be – with cakes and wedding flowers competing with pottery shards and an ancient warrior chieftain’s grave for attention — are there still surprising revelations to come?
Adding to the excitement is the return of former Cliffs House maid Gemma, whose posh new life as a novelist may not be all it seems … and Dinah visits in a flurry of festive baking for a holiday competition on everyone’s favorite baking show. Kitty’s life is in a tizz regarding both family and secrets … and Julianne’s happy marriage is challenged by an unwelcome sexy-and-persistent suitor among the summer visitors.
Filled with old friends, new adventures, and heartwarming Cornish charm, RETURN TO CORNWALL is an all-new, full-length novel—the first one ever to feature the characters from the original series!
Here’s my review
This book is great for readers like me who are embracing middle age and finding they have a lot of plates spinning in the air; children, marriage, a career and day to day life. Julianne has a lot of plates spinning in this book.
I particularly warmed to this book because not only did it cover Julianne’s wedding business, Cornish village life, her two children, her assistant Kitty’s love life, a lord and lady, and an archaeological dig, but it also shed light onto Julianne’s marriage to the gorgeous Matt.
I did feel at the start her marriage to Matt felt a little too good to be true but I got the sense Laura Briggs was doing this before the marital ripples came in the form of sexy Dex and old feelings of jealousy to do with Matt and his ex-wife Petal.
My next favourite quote:
‘Marriages have memories like elephants…’
Again – yes, Laura Briggs! Very true.
Can I just say that Dex writes a damn good love letter…
‘Your beauty is already given, brightening my day with only a glimpse; our conversation stays on my mind for hours after we have parted ways.’
I won’t give the game away on the Dex situation so I will walk away from this topic and not live up to my nickname – Lucy Loose Lips.
I enjoyed this book from Laura Briggs. It gave me everything I wanted; more adventures in Cornwall with Laura’s characters, a relatable plot, a great setting, some interesting marital ripples as I call them and a good insight into the life of Julianne.
Purchase Link – https://smarturl.it/returntocornwall
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.
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