Linn B. Halton comes to the blog with a story of starting over and coming home again with
Coming Home to Penvennan Cove
Kerra has made it in London, and now with the sale of her business, she’s returning to her childhood home to live in the small cottage left to her by her grandmother and to start her next chapter. Her best friend Sy isn’t thrilled, but he’s gotten a big promotion and will be staying in London, at least until he can buy some wellies and come for a visit in ‘the back of beyond”.
Arriving in Penvennan Cove, the talk is rampant, as Kerra knew it would be Fueled by her cousin Alice, and her father’s rather ‘hands off’ approach, she’s floundering a bit with the changes, but connecting with old friends and meeting her new neighbor, and agreeing to a refit of their cottages becomes her focus. Until the builder turns out to be her first “crush” and long time subject of fantasy.
Ross has made a name for himself with quality work, and the opportunity to restructure and renovate the two cottages is right up his alley – and no one is more surprised to find Kerra than he, even as he’s still trying to ‘stay out of the limelight’ when it comes to town gossips.
Throughout the story, we meet Kerra’s childhood friends, see relationships evolve and develop, and with Sy arriving to stay with her father and help him to refit and re-organize the kennels that her mother had started so long ago, the story is a collection of interwoven moments, bits, some mystery and plenty of heart. From the village coming together to support her best friend (and her father) to finally finding her ‘new direction” and some closure and understanding of her rather thoughtless and cavalier cousin Alice, Ross and Kerra find a way to define their relationship and make a start with the help of time, friends and one very chatty and opinionated cat. A lovely read that feels very “village centric’ even as the characters are doing their level best to stay out of the headlines on the town grapevine. Grab this for a bit of relief and entertainment – you won’t be disappointed.
Title: Coming Home to Penvennan Cove
Author: Linn B. Halton
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Aria
Published on: 8 October, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Can Kerra's Cornish hometown offer the fresh start she needs?
When Kerra left the quiet Cornish town of Penvennan Cove for the bright lights of London she didn't look back. But after the death of her mother, she's decided it's time to face her past and return to the place she called home. Her father needs her, and perhaps she needs him more than she's willing to admit?
Tackling town gossip, home renovations and a flame from her past, it's not quite smooth sailing for Kerra. Ross is the bad boy she was meant to forget, not a man who still sets her heart aflutter. As he helps bring her dream home to life, they begin to break down the barriers that have been holding them back and in the process learn things about themselves they never thought possible.
As friends old and new come together, the future in Penvennan looks bright.
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.