Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson

Pippa's Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson

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.

Pippa’s Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson

Title: Pippa's Cornish Dream
Author: Debbie Johnson
ISBN: 0008150508
Published on: 2 July, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 182
Rated: four-stars
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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.

About Debbie Johnson

was born and raised in a small city in the Midlands, where they produced excellent pies, pottery, and people with a perverse sense of humour.

After studying Modern History and Lager at Oxford, I moved to Liverpool, where I've lived for most of my adult life. I worked for the local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, for 13 years as a reporter, feature writer and columnist. Like Lily, my heroine, she also edited the pop music page - but with a lot less drama, and not a Celtic superhero in sight, sadly. I did, however, get to interview the likes of Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Yoko Ono and various other pop icons, which almost made up for it.

I left the paper in 2005 to go freelance, and since then I've contributed to many newspapers, magazines and websites. I also produces hopefully interesting copy for a range of hopefully interesting clients.

In 2010, I entered the Harry Bowling Prize for new writing, for the first chapter of a great idea I had for a book. Journalists are like that: we always have 'a great idea for a book', but get too easily distracted by bright shiny objects, trips to the pub, and repeats of Black Books on the telly to do anything about it.

Amazingly, I won the contest. I genuinely didn't expect to, and had practiced my 'gracious loser' face in advance. Slightly tiddly on pink champagne, in front of a room full of authors, agents and publishers, I stood on the stage and thanked Daniel Craig for just existing. I stand by that comment.