Nancy Barone comes to the blog with a story of second chances, moving forward and finding new hope with
New Hope for the Little Cornish Farmhouse
Nina has it all – at first glance. Great kids and a solid relationship with them, two good friends who know everything and love her anyway and is a ‘Sunday Times bestselling’ author. But her ex-husband still won’t sign the divorce papers, ran away with all their money, is half-committed to spending time with his kids, and has a gambling addiction. Which leaves Nina working all hours, struggling to make ends meet, worried about her daughter’s increasingly snappy attitude and her son’s disability and leg brace. But her agent has a surprise – turning her little ‘semi-autobiographical’ set of stories into film.
This brings a series of complications, and an unexpected windfall –but a new series of battles to fight to keep the ‘feel’ of her story with an established Hollywood star who wants to co-write and produce her film. Of course, he’s gorgeous and says all the right things: but his habit of steamrolling her with already fixed decisions, his difficulties with ‘fitting in’ with her friends and the constant ‘set-tos’ that they have about the script.
Nina is a lovely character who has spent far too much time trying to be ‘everything’ for everyone and putting her own life and wishes to the side. She’s also refreshingly naïve when it comes to her own attractiveness and the ‘helpfulness’ of her neighbor. He’s head over heels, and she’s unaware of the connection – and with everything else going on, and the locals having their two cent opinions (and plenty of gossip) she’s torn. With the scenery and small-village feel, the obvious connection between Nina and her kids, and the lovely struggles of ‘taking your book to the next level, without losing the sense of the story’, the story is a wonderful read that will leave you believing in second chances and wanting to go to Cornwall.
Title: New Hope for the Little Cornish Farmhouse
Author: Nancy Barone
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Aria
Published on: 2 July, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Nina Conte has written three novels and lives in a rambling farmhouse on the outskirts of a beautiful Cornish seaside village with her family and German Shepherd Minnie.
Nina's life sounds great on paper. Or, more precisely, in her author bio. But, in reality, the farmhouse is crumbling, her gambling ex-husband has run away with all their money, and Nina is just about keeping their (leaking) roof over her children's heads. The only people she has to count on are her friends, Jack and Emma, the neighbours who live in the houses on either side.
But then her agent and best friend Alice gives her some life-changing news: her very first novel, Written in the Stars, has been picked up by a film producer in Hollywood. And before she knows it, she's flying her out to LA – kids in tow – to meet the producers!
To Nina's surprise, Luke O'Hara, Hollywood heartthrob and dashing single dad, is head of the project and he insists on having it his way, or the entire deal goes up in smoke. He wants her to co-write the screenplay with him – and he'll move to Cornwall with his daughter to do it.
All of Nina's wildest dreams have come true. But is this new life what she really wants?
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.