Kennedy Kerr comes to the blog with a story of surprises, secrets and new starts with
The House at Magpie Cove
Stunned with the dissolution of her marriage and her husband’s infidelity and apparent dismissal of her and her nine-year-old twins, Mara decides to head for her previously unknown family home in Magpie Cove on the Cornish coast. The death of her mother left her with many questions: primary being why she had never heard of the house or the connection to the little village.
Arriving with two confused children to a decrepit house in major need of repair, Mara isn’t thrilled: but deals with the hand dealt. From meeting several locals to the unexpected and frequent visits from Brian, a local surfer cum handyman, she’s starting to make some small dents in the huge list needed to make the house a home, while still dealing with questions from the children about their father and her own insecurities and doubts about her own self.
The story is the perfect escape from the everyday – with scenery to imagine, wondering just what secrets Mara will yet discover about her own mother’s life that she didn’t know, and if any of those secrets could change her future or her perceptions of herself and her family. While I wasn’t always able to read yet another of Mara’s frequent bouts of self-doubt without wanting to shake her firmly, the story felt plausible, even if I couldn’t connect to the ‘find a man and change your life’ attitude that Mara seemed to accept willingly, even as I didn’t feel the connection. Not perfect, but perhaps grabbing at a new chance to truly change things, Kerr has created a place and a person that many will relate to and enjoy.
Title: The House at Magpie Cove
Author: Kennedy Kerr
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Grief, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 23 October, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 38 minutes
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The Cornish beach house creaked in the salty sea wind and, from the weathered wooden porch, Mara watched a lone magpie circle above. It was silly to think that her mother's spirit was still with her, but Mara felt as if there was something keeping her here. A secret that needed to be told...
When Mara Hughes inherits her late mother’s tumbledown beach house overlooking the bright, sandy sweep of Magpie Cove, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With her marriage on the rocks and her husband threatening to take the family home, the beach house – with all the bittersweet memories it holds – might be the thing that finally sends Mara’s world crashing down around her. She tells herself she’ll only spend a few days there: sell it and move on to rebuilding her life.
When Mara arrives, the house is in a worse state than she feared – holes in the bedroom ceiling, birds’ nests in the attic and the beautiful, wrap-around porch on the brink of collapse… but she loves it anyway. With all its history it feels like the last link to her late mother and, determined to do whatever it takes to keep it in the family, Mara strikes a deal with local handyman – and town heartthrob – Brian Oakley to save the crumbling cottage from ruin.
But when a box of unopened old letters arrives on her new doorstep – a bequest from her mother’s will – Mara’s resolve to save the beach house will be tested to the limit. Because Mara’s mother’s perfect childhood in Magpie Cove was forever spoiled by one haunting day in July, and the letters contain a secret about her family that Mara can scarcely believe to be 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.