Every now and then I just want to escape in a read that will transport me to a place far away: it’s easier than braving the lines and hassles of a long flight. Currently, my favorite places to head off to are France and the U.K., and Debbie Johnson takes us southeastern coast of England.
Pippa’s Cornish Dream
Pippa Harte was meant for more glamourous chores than clearing a blocked loo, but life takes unexpected turns and all that can be done is to ‘keep calm and carry on’. And, with the loss of her parents, the raising of her younger siblings and the management of the family farm and guest cottages fell squarely on her shoulders. She should have been studying at Oxford, and I expected a touch of anger over the loss of that opportunity, but Pippa is engaging and so very real in dealing with the daily surprises that life brings. These are exacerbated by her teenaged brother playing fast and loose with the rules, the usual maintenance and husbandry surprises that come with her family business and the daily challenges of raising children.
But, an unexpected guest arrives, dragging the onus of his bad past behind him. Ben is all that Pippa likes: handsome, charming and quite intriguing. He’s not interested in a ‘relationship’ and with Pippa’s responsibilities she can’t wool-gather all day waiting for him to make a move beyond the friendship they are developing, so she’s almost resigned herself to ‘no Ben”.
The characters in this story are layered and nuanced: the kids all have distinct traits and most feel very appropriate and real for their age. Additionally, they name the animals with some cutesy but wholly believable names from popular culture, tying the story and the children again to the present. As the relationship between Pippa and Ben develops, there is a solid trajectory and series of reveals that make this rather ‘tried and true’ premise take on a very modern feel. Narration is in third person, solidly presenting people, emotions, and setting in ways that are easily accessible and instantly bring visual references to readers. A wonderful engaging story that will leave you with a smile.
Title: Pippa's Cornish Dream
Author: Debbie Johnson
Published on: 2 July, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Since Pippa Harte was forced to take over her parent’s farm, she’s barely had time to shave her legs let alone make time for love. Now she’s more likely to be getting down and dirty mucking out the pigs – and avoiding those of the human male variety.
When Ben Retallick walks out of her childhood and back into her present it seems that perhaps Pippa has more time than she thought. All Poldark smoulders and easy-going charm, Ben’s definitely worth whipping her wellies off for!
But Ben is a man with his own past and his own issues – and as much as she’s enjoying having him around, she’s got to get a grip. After all life isn’t always a beach … even if you are in Cornwall.
Set on the gorgeous Cornish coast at the height of summer, this is the perfect romance to take on your hols!
Debbie is the author of Cold Feet at Christmas, the #1 Christmas bestseller!
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.