Philippa Ashley returns to the blog with a story of second chances in the Cornwall countryside with
An Endless Cornish Summer
Rose’s life at this point is one big second chance. Developing a form of anemia that could kill her without a stem cell transplant, then miraculously matching with a donor and recovering her health has meant that she’s able to follow her passions in archaeology. But when the option came up to travel to Cornwall for a dig, it perfectly meshed with her Grandmother’s last wish that she find her donor. She has narrowed the list down to one family – and a set of two brothers, but dare she explain the reasons she is there?
Quickly meeting the townsfolk, she connects with Oriel in a local shop that focuses on selling charms, crystals and the like – playing on the rich traditions of the lore in the area. Oriel is instantly engaging, and Rose has found a new friend whose knowledge of the area, and of the people is second to no other. And she gets an ‘insiders’ point of view on Finn and Joey – the two brothers she’s determined are her potential donors.
Finn and Joey work at their family boatyard building wooden craft in the traditional ways. While Joey is the “lad about town” Finn is far more reserved – although both notice Rose instantly. A connection of friendship is clear with Joey, but she’s drawn to Finn like no other. Will they overcome the secrets (both Finn’s and Rose’s), the conflict of Finn believing that Joey has staked a claim, and Rose’s short term stay before her dig closes and she returns to work at Cambridge.
Emotionally, like most of this author’s books, we are able to connect to the characters and understand (if not always agree) with their choices, and their reasons all came clear as the story progressed. What I didn’t love was the fact that (and while I completely understand it) Rose wasn’t willing to share her story of being a successful recipient – for donation ‘wins’ are often quiet and not celebrated. As I am personally dealing with a ‘donation need’ in my own life with my DH’s kidney failure, and the projected 8 years (or better) wait – I know the importance of volunteering to donate, and the need for donors for ALL things – from stem cells to body parts to bone marrow. I was reassured with Finn’s thoughts of WHY he donated and how important he felt it – but Rose’s openness (even in the face of people treating her ‘differently’) was something I missed. BUT – all that being said – the information and the needs were shown, and while things didn’t shake out quite as I was expecting – the story did give plenty of smiles, happiness and real connections for friends, love and families alike. Another winner from Philippa Ashley that mixes myth, legend, reality and choices into a pot with love and hope.
Title: An Endless Cornish Summer
Author: Philippa Ashley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, British, Contemporary Elements, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Avon, Avon Books UK
Published on: 24 June, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 2 minutes
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Rose Vernon is headed to a quiet Cornish village – to find the man who saved her life.
For Rose, every day is a gift. She narrowly survived a life-threatening illness and owes everything to her anonymous donor. Determined to thank him, Rose follows a trail of clues that lead her to the little Cornish fishing village of Falford.
But things become complicated when Rose is drawn into local life, becoming involved in the legendary Falford Regatta and meeting the handsome Morvah brothers – one of whom might just be the man she’s looking for. But which one?
Can Rose find the answer she’s searching for, or will she lose her heart before the summer is over?
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.