I’m really thinking that I could toss away everything else and just dive into the chick lit of late – and Daisy James (another I can’t believe I hadn’t found before) is on the blog today with a lovely ‘on the road’ story full of hope, humor and plenty of regional bakes. Please read on for my review of
There’s Something About Cornwall
Emilie has been coerced by her friend and food stylist Alice to put aside her frustrations, hurt feelings and fears and join her on a road trip to shoot a prestigious cookbook with a famously difficult and talented chef. Disappointed because her ex finagled his way into a shoot in Italy, Emilie’s “specialty”, the change of work locations and still reeling from the after-effects of her ex boyfiend’s betrayals and demeaning manner, she’s reluctantly accepted, yet is planning for a disaster.
And her first day doesn’t disappoint: from Emilie’s tripping over a box to her own bemoaning her unsuitability, the first day was rough. Very rough. Lucinda is known for her perfectionism, tight timelines and expecting a smooth and hassle-free experience with each shoot. After her very clearly expressed doubts in Emilie’s skills and suitability for the work, which threw Emilie’s confidence even further down the chute. But. Alice being the uber-organized (bordering on obsessive) insists that each day will improve, and beside the wonderfully unique transport cum living space in the orange and yellow camper van that she’s organized, there is a beach party that is a “must see” as it’s the wrap party for the local surfers.
And here – the story flips. Alice goes down on the uneven ground in her heels, as the two leave the party in the wee hours. Along with Emilie’s plummeting self-esteem, her ex also robbed her of the willingness to take chances, or to step behind the wheel again. Needing to continue the shoot, despite having no idea of how she will manage it, a wild idea hit, and one that, unbeknownst to her, will prove to be the first of many life-changing events.
Matt is a surfer-bum, chasing the waves and new experiences in an attempt to put his old life behind him. Relentlessly positive and encouraging, he’s captivated by Emilie and intrigued by her job And, it doesn’t help that he’s attractive, so much so that Lucinda’s PA, Marcus was keenly interested, so he signs on to deliver Emilie to each location, and hoping to show her a bit of adventure along the way.
James pens a lovely story that shows the growth and rejuvenation that comes with confidence, the mistakes often made when judging or making assumptions at first encounter, and the need to let go and move forward, both to enhance your own life but honor the pieces you lost along the way. Emilie was always easy to relate to, even as she was so self-deprecating until Matt’s magic started to work its magic. With a real eye for capturing an image, Emilie had the talent, but her constant worst-case-scenario attitude needed to be checked frequently, and fortunately she got that bit of kick in the pants she needed to see the possibilities. Hard to put down, the trip through Cornwall and the various treats (baked and liquid) added plenty to my ‘must check this out” folder.
Title: There's Something About Cornwall
Author: Daisy James
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Humor elements, Travelogue
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 8 March 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A knight in a shining camper van!
Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her slimy ex cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…
Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.
Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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