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For fans of Judy Finegan and Rosamunde Pilcher, a spelling-binding tale of romance and intrigue, set against the gorgeous Cornish coast.Demi desperately needs her luck to change. On the sleeper train down to Cornwall, she can't help wondering why everything always goes wrong for her. Having missed out on her dream job, and left with nowhere to stay following her boyfriend'For fans of Judy Finegan and Rosamunde Pilcher, a spelling-binding tale of romance and intrigue, set against the gorgeous Cornish coast.Demi desperately needs her luck to change. On the sleeper train down to Cornwall, she can't help wondering why everything always goes wrong for her. Having missed out on her dream job, and left with nowhere to stay following her boyfriend's betrayal, pitching up at her grandfather's cottage is her only option. Victoria thinks she's finally got what she wanted: Boscawen, the gorgeous Cornish estate her family owned for generations should now rightfully be hers, following her husband's sudden death. After years of a loveless marriage and many secret affairs of her own, Victoria thinks new widowhood will suit her very well indeed . . .But both women are in for a surprise. Surrounded by orchards, gardens and the sea, Boscawen is about to play an unexpected role in both their lives. Can two such different women find a way forward when luck changes both their lives so drastically?In Under a Cornish Sky Liz Fenwick weaves another deliciously irresistible tale set in the heart of her beloved Cornwall....

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ISBN : 9781409148272
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Number of Pages : 409 Pages
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Under A Cornish Sky Reviews

  • Jules
    2018-11-19 23:33

    Under a Cornish Sky is yet another great book by Liz Fenwick. I would place it under contemporary women’s fiction with a dash of magic and an element of romance.The things I have grown to expect from Liz Fenwick’s books were all there. This story is set in beautiful Cornwall, there is a house of significance, and of course, a little romance to warm the cockles of your heart. What I love is trying to work out what the rest of the story will be about. Will it be magical, historical, funny or dark? Under a Cornish Sky focusses on two women who live worlds apart. A young woman who is grieving and down on her luck, and an older woman who seems to have everything she wants and is used to getting her own way. What will happen when circumstance forces these two very different women together?I really liked the younger woman, Demi, and felt I related to her in a way. I really wasn’t keen on the older woman, Victoria at all, but perhaps I softened towards her later in the story.Anyone who knows me well enough, knows I love the magic of fairies, so imagine my face when I was reading the prologue and it referred to fairies numerous times within the first two pages. What a treat.“She has been to bluebell woods before. This is where the fairies live and she must never go into a bluebell wood without Grannie and Grandad because the fairies will trap her.”I love the way Liz brings Cornwall to life in her books. In this book it was the description of bluebells and garlic which took me to specific time and place. The wild garlic smell can be surprisingly strong down here in Cornwall. I remember when my friend, Abi and her daughter, Katie came down to stay a couple of years ago, we were sniffing plants near the edge of the woods while visiting Halliggye Fogue, to source the garlic smell.Also loved the bit where Demi goes into the charity shop and is helped to find clothes. I love things like that. Reminds me of those feel good Christmas films I’ve had the joy of viewing over the years. Always guaranteed to put a smile on my face.The front cover gives the impression that this would be a great summer read, but if you live in Cornwall, I would strongly recommended this during winter. It will help get you through those months of grey mizzle and remind you that Spring is just around the corner.I’m now really looking forward to book five, which is due out next year.

  • Melanie Mole
    2018-11-17 04:42

    From start to finish I really loved this book.There is something magical about the coastline in Cornwall and this book describes it at its best.From the breathtaking views, stunning scenery, and wonderful rivers it is romanticised in many books, and this is no exception. In Liz Fenwick's books she uses delicious amounts of detail which ensure that the reader knows exactly what they are seeing through the pages. Each chapter builds up through a crescendo of words, viewpoints, and interesting scenarios which make the reader long to read more of her work.Although this book is about loss it sees it from both sides, each worthy of discussion, and thought. The characters blending perfectly into the subject matter without a hitch. Enabling you to feel their raw emotion fully. Happiness eventually comes from the loss for those who are left behind. The most unlikely of pairings are forced to face the truth whether they like it or not, and as the story unfolds we see how each one of them cope with this. The recent, and distant past slowly unfolds to give us a look at the history of both the buildings, and the families involved. What initially seems like a very tangled web of circumstances, and what may seem like poor choices, unfold in a somewhat unexpected way. The results of which are quite enchanting. The end result is one of love, insight, interest, and belonging. I can't wait to read more of Liz's books!

  • Julie
    2018-11-23 22:56

    This book has everything you could want - romance, Cornwall and a deep understanding of local myth and tradition. The characters are superbly drawn, all the more realistic for not always being 'nice', although they may redeem themselves towards the end. I enjoyed seeing how the two stories would intertwine and how the ending would unravel. It's not a romantic chick-lit book as it deals with some hard to handle issues but is all the richer for it. An interesting read and my thanks to Netgalley for allowing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kim
    2018-11-25 02:57

    It's always wonderful picking up a book that you know you are going to love. I have collected Liz Fenwicks books- as I love Cornwall and this one picks you up and transports you there. You can then enjoy the Cornish atmosphere whilst losing yourself in the great story.When Demi has bad news at work and comes home to discover worse news at home. She escapes to go and see her grandad in Cornwall. She hasn't seen him since her mum's funeral and his health has declined.Victoria is living in her dream home and enjoying trying to restore the gardens to their former glory. Although 60 she still enjoys the chase of attracting younger men even though she's married. When her husband dies she just imagines her life will carry on the same way.I loved the way that the characters stories entwined and the way you get to know them better. The other characters were also really interesting and added to the main story whilst also embellishing the lovely setting.The house sounded wonderful and as always the Cornish setting was fabulous. I now can't wait to read the other books I've been saving!

  • Emma Crowley
    2018-11-28 00:44

    Firstly can I just say what a great job Orion have done for the cover of Liz Fenwick's fourth book Under a Cornish Sky. Who would not want to be strolling along that clifftop path on a glorious summer's day? The colours are vivid and attractive and the beautiful flowers are an added attraction as flowers and gardens feature prominently in this book. This is the fourth book from Liz which features Cornish in the title and with each new book the author's love for Cornwall jumps from the pages. The sights, smells and sounds of the Cornish coastline and the Helford River are portrayed extremely well throughout the book with clear, concise and clever descriptions. Even though I have never visited this area it really didn't matter as I felt I was there alongside Demi as she navigates through a whole new time in her life after the death of her mother.Under a Cornish Sky is divided into seasons and as these change so do the fortunes of our two main characters Demi and Victoria. Demi is a young woman who is having a rough time.They say good things come in threes well this is not the case for Demi. Firstly her mother has just passed away, then she loses out on a job in an architectural practice to a man who had used her ideas. The last straw is walking in on her boyfriend in a compromising situation. It's not what you think. I won't say what but fair play Liz I am sick of the usual clichés of what the reader may be suspecting in this case and for once it was something totally different if not just that little bit more creepy and disgusting. Penniless and homeless Demi turns to the one remaining person she knows will do his best to help her - that is her grandfather. So she travels to Cornwall where many surprises and secrets await to be uncovered.Victoria Tregan is back in her childhood home after it was sold from under the family. Married to Charles she presents a well-to-do front, an upstanding member of the community but behind closed doors all is not as it seems. Victoria seemed cold to me for admittedly the majority of the novel. A woman who always got what she wanted no matter the cost but the one thing you knew she loved was the gardens and land surrounding the house - Boscawen. Victoria's garden and the estate are so important to her it slightly bordered on the obsessive and no way was she going to relinquish her hold on them. Aided by hunky gardener Stuart the author really brought these descriptions to life. Although at one point Victoria going on about fairies and beliefs surrounding a tree was a bit far fetched but on reflection this added to the book and made a whole lot more sense towards the end.Initially I was wondering what the connection would be between Demi and Victoria but this was soon made clear and what follows is a battle of wills, although one woman more strongly than the other. Demi views Cornwall as a place to heal and reassess her life. But on discovery of her true parentage and the associations this brings make for a more than bumpy ride but she is more than determined to weather the storm as she stands up for what she believes in and by all accounts what she is entitled to. In the beginning Demi did seem a bit weak I know she had been through a stressful, emotional time as mentioned above but she needed to clear her head, help her grandfather out and get her act together. No one was going to bring her anything on a plate, she had to use her talents and know how to lay down what she wanted to Victoria. Most people including handsome, intriguing lawyer Sebastian were on her side but both Demi and Victoria had to work through their issues and establish connections and a truce of sorts.Demi did begin to turn herself around and she does have to be admired for the way she handles the sudden discovery and subsequent loss of her father. Having to face up to the indomitable Victoria is no mean feat. It shows underneath Demi's vulnerability there is a core of strength and courage waiting to shine and be heard. It proves you can turn your life around in spite of all the obstacles that are thrown in your path. Whereas Victoria seemed to be selfish. She only thought of herself and keeping Boscawen and her heritage all in one piece for her own needs. She seemed to be defiant and thoughtless at times, to me she never really reciprocated the love Charles had for her despite so many years of marriage. At first she may have loved him but having numerous flings proved that love had diminished significantly. I will go as far as saying I disliked Victoria but then the author threw such a curve ball at her that even me who can be very cynical at times totally changed my opinion of her. She may not have totally melted but what she has to go through you would not wish on anybody. As the two women do their best to save Boscawen, a little romance is thrown in along the way but this book is not all about that but much much more and I feel Liz really has taken a step forward in her writing. This is high calibre women's fiction not chock full of the usual clichés or girl meets boy etc. Between the covers of this engaging, appealing, irresistible read is a story and a cast of characters that will stay with you long after you have read the last line.I really loved this book and flew through it in two days. I felt the last book by Liz didn't quite hit the mark for me but this was a true return to form. The overall story was excellent and the cast of characters was well thought and each character had their pivotal role to play. I'd love to know what happened next. Was the hotel a success or did something go awry? Maybe there is not a full book in this but I know Liz is adept at slipping in characters from previous books so we might yet know how Demi and Victoria get on in the future. As we had a brief mention of Jaunty and a few others I had grown to love, so when I saw their names mentioned it just brought back great memories of the first books I had read by this author. Under a Cornish Sky was a gratifying, inviting, positive book that deserves to be in every holiday suitcase be it on a beach in Spain or while enjoying the Cornish coast. I can't wait for the next instalment in Liz's Cornish novels and can only anticipate as to who we will meet next.

  • Shaz Goodwin
    2018-11-25 00:45

    I've been a fan of Liz' writing starting with her debut, The Cornish House, in 2012. Liz always gives such a sense of place with interesting characters and myths/legends adding another layer to the plot. Under a Cornish Sky didn't disappoint. I LOVED everything about this world Liz crafted.An intriguing prologue leads the reader on to Victoria's life before her husband's demise and what happens to lead Demi to her grandfather's cottage. Looking back at my notes, once the surprise is out I had written 'This is going to be interesting' and it sure was! We see the best and the worst of our characters (especially Victoria) and with alternating narrations we get to explore perspectives from both our female leads.Conflict also comes from Demi's ex Matt (made my skin crawl). I would have reacted exactly the same way ...There is plenty of intrigue, not only surrounding Demi with her recognition of certain places but also with Sam the gardener. Who is he? Why does he know so much? I enjoyed the historical aspect - the roots of belonging and the different plants brought back to Boscawen from those gone before. One legend from the past proves to be still valid after Sam's mistake ...Demi's grandfather is such a sweetie, never complaining and just getting on with it and I loved Petra and her ESP. The character who we see grow the most is Demi. However, she wasn't my favourite. Victoria is a first class bitch but I thought she was amazing. I could see through her facade straight away and this meant I could forgive. Some readers might say she received exactly what was owed to her (karma!) but I thought she had a pretty rough deal since childhood. The rigid and pedantic views of the generation before setting her up to fail from the beginning - it just wasn't who she was. It was great to see a mention of Mark Triggs and I loved seeing one of Jaunty's paintings on the wall :) (from previous novels).The male leads are HOT. Liz Fenwick has such a skill with her characters - I felt the attraction to Sam and I was attracted to Seb. Two different age groups and different personalities but still being drawn in for those all important 'feels.'At the heart of Under a Cornish Sky is finding out where you belong, where you fit in the world ... and fighting for your beliefs. Family, heritage, love and lust. The message is to take life's opportunities with both hands no matter you can't see the outcome. That risk might be the start of a whole new you!I would like to thank the publishers for approval via Netgalley.

  • Gina Wynn
    2018-12-05 22:31

    Lovely deep story with just enough complexity—and a gorgeous cover—where Cornwall, and particularly the Boscawen estate, were important supporting characters. It tok me a few chapters to fully immerse myself in the book as scenes alternated between Demi ad Victoria, and they were short and snappy, never staying with either character for very long.The reader meets Demi mid boyfriend-crisis, but I’m not sure I ever really bought into her issues because , although she paid them some lip-service, I didn’t really ‘feel’ them. Victoria, on the other hand, is initially happy in every aspect of her life but isn’t particularly likeable. Her character is handled very well as she remains uncompromisingly true to herself, and not at all trope-y or clichéd, throughout the book. By the end, I had a little more understanding of he, as well as some sympathy, but still no great liking.The characters were all well drawn , and the story retained enough mystery to keep me guessing and turning those pages. I’d love to read a sequel and get back to Boscawen. The setting was realised very well, and a sense of magic lurks just beneath the surface of the story, bringing another layer to a well-told tale.I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  • Karen Whittard
    2018-12-11 04:41

    This was missing something for me. The characters didn't grab me and I didn't care a great deal for them. The story had potential it lacked grit and warmth for me. Was hoping to like this book due to all the great reviews. But just not for me

  • Katie Ray
    2018-11-22 03:35

    Firstly, thank you to The Book Club for passing me this copy to review.This is not the sort of book I usually read so I wasn't expecting to be gripped by it. But, surprisingly, I did enjoy it. The characters were well written and developed; I found myself really hoping that Demi and Sam got together. The entertwining of the plot of the two main female characters works really well. There were a couple of potentially dangerous situations that I would have liked to have been explored more - when Matt comes to find Demi - but that is personal preference and doesn't detract from the story. It would be great to have a sequel to find out what happens with the hotel plan!

  • Louise Pratley
    2018-11-16 05:50

    This book is as good as the others & I enjoyed it. Love the fact that characters from her other books always pop up!

  • Helen White
    2018-11-30 03:36

    Pretty good. The usual mix of romance and Cornwall and houses and inheritance. Could've done with more Cornwall and some nicer characters though.

  • Vikki Patis
    2018-12-09 01:54

    Under A Cornish Sky is my first read for the Cornish Reading Challenge 2017! Head over to The Bandwagon blog for more.I’m ashamed to admit that I had never read any of Liz Fenwick’s work until this year. She’s been on my list for a while, and I believe she deserves a place on everyone’s reading list – especially if you love Cornwall.Under A Cornish Sky is gorgeous, and pure escapism. I listened to the audiobook version, read by Anne Dover, and it was fabulous to leave the confines of my car during my hot, outskirts-of-London commute, and travel back to my beloved Cornwall. Demi, short for Demelza, runs away to Cornwall after the death of her mother and the breakdown of her relationship. Welcomed by her aged grandfather, she soon settles into life in Cornwall – until a revelation shakes her world once again.Demi is a little bit irritating, I have to say. There’s not much to her – she seems to have to be guided along her path, every step of the way, and it doesn’t feel like she’s in control of her own future. She clashes with Victoria Lake, wife of Demi’s estranged father, who is an irascible, strong, fiery woman. Why is almost every character called Victoria an irascible, strong, fiery woman? Not that I’m complaining – I am all of those things – but we Victoria’s do seem to be portrayed as the she-wolves in literature. Victoria Lake is no different. Over 60, she hasn’t lost her appetite for life (or sex!), and her passion for her home, Boscawen, is infinite. Victoria is, arguably, one of the best characters, though I may be a little biased.There are also small threads of feminism woven between these pages. Under A Cornish Sky isn’t an openly feminist book, and I don’t know what Fenwick will think of my interpretation, but there are clear messages portrayed through the characters. Brought up to believe she was worthless as a girl, Victoria was unable to inherit Boscawen, her family home. Her duty in life was to marry – and marry well – and to provide heirs. University education would be wasted on her, according to her father. Despite her anger at Demi for simply existing, she recognises that Demi has probably been overlooked and underestimated her whole life, just as Victoria had, so the bond of sisterhood is established, even amongst Victoria’s anger and despair.Under A Cornish Sky is a brilliant read, and, in my opinion, even better as an audiobook. If you haven’t read any of Liz Fenwick’s work yet, and you’re looking for a recommendation for this challenge, look no further.

  • Lisa Parker
    2018-11-28 22:51

    Another cracking book from Ms Fenwick, beautifully written or should I say painted with words. You are drawn into the world of Boscawen and the characters that inhabit it and from its past. Secrets, challenges and stunning scenery lie within the cover to entertain, amuse and bewitch the reader; welcome to the wondrous world of Cornwall. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and I feel so privileged to have done so. You too can enjoy tjis book next month.

  • Essie Fox
    2018-11-26 22:53

    This was a lovely summer read. Lovely, but also with a bite. Liz Fenwick really has a way of drawing you into her Cornish worlds, with a total immersion into the lives of the characters she moulds so well.

  • Phillipa
    2018-11-28 22:43

    Lovely emotional Cornish story

  • Kath Elizabeth
    2018-12-03 23:34

    This was a very average story. Its about two women called Demi and Victoria. Victoria lives in a big house in Cornwall, and when her husband dies she finds it hasn't been left to her alone, but also to Demi who is her husband's secret child. Demi is struggling with life - she's lost her job and her boyfriend has betrayed her. Demi and Victoria have to find a way to work together despite their differences to save the house. There's some romance and some tough times, but everything ends happily ever after.I wanted a gentle summery story, and I suppose that's what I got, but I was hoping for a bit more from this. What I enjoyed most was the setting and beautiful descriptions of Cornwall, but everything else was a bit meh.

  • Danielle
    2018-11-15 02:44

    Not my favourite Liz Fenwick, compared to the other two I've read of hers lately this one just lacked in a good storyline. I didn't really get on with the character of Demi and so struggled to form a bond with her which I've achieved in the past, I did however like the character of Victoria. Lastly, I didn't really see the point of Matt coming to Cornwall, it seemed as though this either shouldn't have happened at all or made in to a bigger story? Overall, an easy read not one I'd necessarily recommend.

  • Linda
    2018-11-23 23:33

    A lovely story, easy to read and very pleasant, well worth a go if you like well written books with no gratuitous sex or violence.

  • Heidi
    2018-11-20 04:31

    A pleasant, well-rounded novel.

  • Artemiz
    2018-12-07 22:49

    Minu mõtteid saab siit lugeda.

  • Janet Panter
    2018-11-26 06:50

    A nice enjoyable easy read

  • Michele
    2018-11-19 22:55

    I found some of the dialogue unrealistic especially Demi's interaction with her grandfather.

  • booksofallkinds
    2018-11-27 02:40

    One minute you seem to have your life sorted and the next minute, everything has fallen apart around you. Within months Demi's life has imploded around her - she lost out on her dream job to someone who stole her ideas, her boyfriend turned out to be a sleazebag who abused her trust in the worst possible way, and her beloved mum suddenly passed away. leaving her all alone in London. With no job, no money, and nowhere to live, Demi decides to visit her grandfather in Cornwall to figure out what her next step will be. But as Demi gets acquainted with her mother's hometown, she cannot help the feeling that she has been here before or the fear that overtakes her at the strangest of times. For all is not as it seems, and when Demi discovers who her real father is, life may never be the same for her again.Victoria will do anything to rebuild the Boscawen estate again. Owned by her family through the years but sadly sold on the death of her brother, Victoria has finally managed to reinstate herself in the only place she has ever truly wanted to be. But life has made Victoria hard and bitter, and when her husband dies in an accident, she feels sorrow but also relief that finally, she can do whatever she needs to do to make Boscawen great again. Having no children, Boscawen will become her legacy. Her obsession. But life is never that straight forward and with an unknown stipulation in her husband's will, someone else has the power to destroy everything she has ever dreamed of.With plenty of twists and turns, the magic of Cornwall is woven through this beautiful tale of love, loss, and family. Throughout the story, Demi finds her inner strength and self-belief as she learns everything she needs to know about her past. Victoria, while not always likeable, is a strong character who has always had to fight for respect and for what she wants. The imagery mixed with the folklore brings a whole other added dimension to this emotional story and I loved the mystery and romance that Sam and Seb brought to the novel. UNDER A CORNISH SKY by Liz Fenwick is just one of those books that you never want to put down - beautiful scenery and folklore, engaging characters, and a plot that really grabs a hold of you. I eagerly await the release of THE RETURNING TIDE in 2017, and Cornwall will have to be my next holiday destination!*Book received from author in exchange for an honest review

  • Monique
    2018-12-10 06:58

    I've read all 4 of Liz Fenwick's novels and although I really liked the first three, this one was a great disappointment. It feels like Liz sent the first draft to her editor and they got confused and published it. Publisher: "Hey Liz, we have a publication date for your novel. It's July"Liz: "But I've only sent you the first draft!"Publisher: "Oops! Oh well...it's too late to stop it now!"This novel really suffers from a lack of good editing. There area grammatical errors, the wrong words are used ("the woman was made from steal"), characters leave a scene and then are back again without explanation, and some parts just don't make sense. There were several times I had to reread passages to try and make sense of them. This is very distracting and really spoiled my enjoyment of the story. This can't be explained away by problems with an electronic copy - I read the paperback edition.The writing just doesn't flow - it's either composed of short sentences which don't flow on well from one another, or sentences which appear to have been lengthened through the addition of minor details which do nothing to add to the story. A good editor would have pointed this out and worked with the author to fix this and also iron out some of the continuity errors. People leave the room, but half a page later they are still part of the conversation, and conversely, someone appears in a conversation who wasn't previously in the room.Another thing that spoiled by enjoyment of the novel was the characters. I just couldn't engage with either Demi or Victoria. Demi annoyed me because she was so childish and meek. Spineless could also be used to describe her. Her decisions and the way she behaved just didn't ring true for a 25-yar-old architect and I got sick of the way she just kept her mouth shut instead of sticking up for herself and then just tossed comments over her shoulder as she left the room. As for Victoria, I understand she has emotional issues stemming from her history, but this wasn't expanded upon properly. The result was that Victoria just came across and a prickly, self-centred cow and I could never feel like I got close enough to her to like her or understand her.The story is plausible and could have been really engaging had the writing been better. I just found it boring and couldn't wait for it to end, really. Not up to the same standard as "The Cornish Affair" or "The Cornish Stranger".

  • Rita Schultz
    2018-11-20 01:56

    This is the first Liz Fenwick book I've read and I was enchanted by it. It had a wonderful story, very engaging characters, a touch of romance, and a lovely setting in Cornwall. There were some very interesting plot twists, also. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

  • Whispering Stories
    2018-12-02 23:00

    I received a free copy of this book as part of Liz Fenwick's Cornish Summer Blog Tour.This is the first book by Liz Fenwick that I have read, and I can assure you it won’t be the last.The story has everything that I like in a book, love, conflict, gripping moments, unpredictability, and the occasional hot man!The story centres around the two leading ladies, Demi and Victoria, who are thrown together by a sad event that affects them both separately, but unites them, although unity is not what they want at first.I loved Demi’s character, who I thought was written superbly. The starting of a young woman who seemed quite reserved and shy, you watch her flourish as she has to face the world following the death of her mother.Throughout the book you witness Demi having panic attacks, with places looking familiar, yet frightening to her. I was intrigued to find out what Demi’s past was hiding from her to cause these reactions, and I wasn’t let down when the answer was revealed.Victoria (Tori), is a difficult character to like at first. She has been married to Charles for many, many years, even though she admits that she should have divorced him a long time ago. She has had regular affairs, the latest with her toyboy, Adam.She is self-obsessed and money hungry, and has a fierce nature about her, especially when she learns that she has to share her family home, Boscawen.I started warming to her the further I read in to the story, as her defensive layers started to disappear, although even through ill health she could still have a razor sharp tongue.The plot is wonderful. This is the kind of book that you can sit and read for hours getting lost in the beautiful Cornish scenery, which is shown in all it’s glory, as the book is written in seasons.Its one of those books that when you have finished reading, you just hope that there is going to be a sequel.www.whisperingstories.com

  • Sarah Thorogood
    2018-12-09 23:00

    Once more Liz had triumphed with her flowing writing and brilliant storytelling. I was sucked in from the start, experiencing the ups and downs with the characters and willing everything to turn out alright in the end. Liz's writing style pulls you in, and you really believe you are there in the beautiful Cornish setting with the characters. The book focuses on two main characters. First there is Demi. She has lost out on her dream job, been betrayed by her boyfriend, all after recently losing her Mum. So she runs to the only person she has left, her Grandad in Cornwall. It is whilst staying with him that she discovers more about her past and who her father is, but after he dies and leaves half of his estate to her. So now Demi has to work out who she is again, alongside Her father's widow, Victoria. Victoria is barren, stuck in a loveless marriage and passes her time having plentiful affairs with younger men. But then her husband dies and she is forced to share the home that means the world to her with her late husband's daughter of which she knew nothing about. Can the women overcome all the obstacles, hurt and anger and find a way forward by working together?And who is Sam? To Victoria he is just the gardener, but as the two women get to know him better, we begin to understand why the house means so much to him too, and what bought him to Cornwall in the first place.'Sometimes home is where you least expect it'

  • N.H.
    2018-11-27 22:40

    I have read two other novels by Liz Fenwick, and I enjoy her skill as a writer. She writes her characters so well, and she evokes landscapes that sing to my soul. The plot in this novel is another great one. Perhaps even my favourite of the three read.But in this particular novel, I was also annoyed by two things. One is not the author's fault. The ebook version I read from iTunes has many typos or confused words, such as steal when steel is meant. I can forgive a couple, but this ebook had much more than a couple. Shoddy work by the publisher. It was distracting. Worst of all there must have been some more serious editing gone wrong as in two places the dialogue was clearly missing a piece or line because the response made no sense. And no it is not me being thick. I can handle minimalism and gaps :-) So if incorrect language also distracts you, do not get the ebook version as currently found on iTunes (May 2015). Seriously, it is just too much. In the Acknowledgements there is even a word in the middle of another word. The other thing that bugged me is the author's doing, however, and was the wrinkling of noses that just did not work for me. Nobody wrinkles their nose so obviously as an emotional response so frequently. It would just be too rude a facial expression.

  • Zwart Raafje
    2018-12-07 03:37

    Zo’n twee jaar geleden las ik voor het eerst een boek van deze schrijfster. Zelf zou ik dat boek niet zo snel hebben uitgekozen maar onverwachts kreeg ik het in handen en toen bleek het best goed mee te vallen. Ik hield vooral van de beeldende omschrijvingen en de manier waarop ze haar personages had uitgewerkt. Dit keer begon ik dus met bepaalde verwachtingen aan mijn tweede Liz Fenwick-boek.In tegenstelling tot ‘Een affaire in Cornwall‘ kwam ik dit keer niet meteen in het verhaal. Het lijkt me echt een boek waarin je meteen eventjes moet kunnen doorlezen. De kleine beetjes die ik met tussenpozen las waarin niet voldoende om snel weg te duiken in het verhaal van Victoria en Meri. Het duurde dit keer dus iets langer vooraleer ik me weer in Cornwall waande.Een andere reden hiervoor is dat in het begin vooral de focus op het huis en de tuin wordt gericht en niet op de mooie landschappen van Cornwall. Naarmate het verhaal vordert krijgen we wel een aantam omschreven sfeerbeelden voorgeschoteld maar het landgoed Boscawen speelt dit keer toch echt de hoofdrol wat locatie betreft....Mijn volledige recensie kan jehierterugvinden.

  • Jenny L
    2018-12-09 23:51

    An enjoyable read, though not as satisfying as previous Liz Fenwick novels I've read. There was a lot (two thirds of the book at least) of pretty much the same back and forth of the same subject matter, with the same characters. A very predictable end with relationships, but okay. Not her best.