Kennedy Kerr returns to the blog with a story of starting over, dreams and possibilities with
Secrets of Magpie Cove
Lila is a pastry chef and working in London when everything goes south. Instead of dealing with the fallout directly, she’s decided to seek new opportunities elsewhere. This comes in the form of a small village bakery in Cornwall, run by the omnipresent and solid community member Serafina. Instantly Lila bonds with Serafina, making things all the more difficult when she passes, and Lila is left with another crossroad. She’s determined to carry on Serafina’s legacy, but that may not be possible when her son Nick arrives with his own plans for the bakery.
From the start, Nick is all business and little fun: he’s determined to direct and decide on his mother’s legacy without Lila’s input, and the two are frequently at odds. But there’s an attraction between them – if only things weren’t so complex.
Of course, there is plenty of drama – but most of it is fairly straightforward and there are few surprises. Secondary characters like Oliver, Lila’s best friend help to keep the plot light and allow us some warm fuzzies particularly after the no-nonsense Nick arrives. He’s a bit of a prickly sort to unravel, but there is some heart there – as is evidenced by the sparks with Lila, and both need to learn to trust themselves, the influence of Serafina’s spirit and their own hopes for the future.
A pleasant read that allows you to escape with yet another heroine who drops everything to start fresh – a common enough theme these days, that all seems to work out in an enjoyable and satisfying way.
Title: Secrets of Magpie Cove
Author: Kennedy Kerr
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Food / Recipes, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 16 June, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Lila had a favourite rock to sit on towards the back of the cove, where she often ate her breakfast, gazing out at the tumbling Cornish sea. As the sun rose that morning, Lila wished with all her heart that the grey-green waves could wash away her old life. That Magpie Cove would help her move on, and to forget…
When aspiring pastry chef Lila Bridges flees her life in the city after a heartbreaking tragedy, she finds herself working behind the counter at Magpie Cove’s most beloved local establishment – Serafina’s Café. The sweet, buttery aroma of freshly baked chocolate croissants, the cheerful gossip of the regulars and the elderly owner Serafina’s feisty humour are a much-needed balm to Lila’s broken heart. For the first time since it happened, Lila is beginning to laugh again…
But when Serafina unexpectedly passes away, the future of the café looks bleak. Nathan Da Costa, Serafina’s estranged son, inherits, and returns to Magpie Cove determined to inject some big-city glamour into the place. To Lila, it seems impossible that dour, money-obsessed Nathan could be related to dear Serafina. He may have his mother’s mop of curly dark hair and deep brown eyes, but he has none of her warmth or heart.
Lila needs this job and the sense of peace the town has brought her, so she’s determined to make it work with Nathan as her new boss. But her resolution is tested when the secret Lila has been keeping about what brought her to the cove begins to unravel, just as she discovers an unexpected, sweeter side to Nathan. Will trusting Nathan Da Costa with her long-held secret be Lila’s new beginning in Magpie Cove, or her emotional undoing?
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.