Love is in the air in St Carys, but you’d never know it – the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets…
The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings – but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed.
For the first time in Ronan’s life his charm has failed him in winning over the woman he wants. Loving her from afar appears to be his only option.
Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn’t quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface.
The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed…
What does TWG think?
One word; WOW. I didn’t really have any idea what Jill Mansell’s book was going to be about, all I knew was that it was set in Cornwall! I don’t tend to read the blurbs of a novel as I prefer getting surprised and finding out every piece of information myself. Reading ‘Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay’ felt like I was unwrapping a never-ending bag of presents; the small ones on top, the larger ones at the bottom.
For every small present I unwrapped, I learnt more about the characters, their history and exactly what brought them to Cornwall. In amongst the small presents I found multiple medium-sized ones; not often but enough to catch me off guard. For me, those medium sized presents represented situations in the storyline that truly did catch me off guard (in a good way). I really did feel as though I was unwrapping an incredibly precious storyline with every page I turned (or pushed, seeing as it was my Kindle).
I don’t usually have any problem waffling in my reviews, but today I am because I can’t quite put my thoughts into words good enough to describe exactly how this book made me feel. I loved the exceptionally complex love elements, the house viewings, the banter between each character; even all of the secretive moments! Every single thing about this storyline flowed, there were no pregnant pauses or overfilling a characters storyline to fill up a chapter. None of that. It was as though every character, every house, every emotion and every secret had a right to be there. Does that make sense?
My heart went out to Ronan and his life story. He came across as such a confident and cocky guy, yet you could tell underneath he was missing something. Plus, he was also rather funny!
Clemency was my favourite character, she was just everything I wish I could be. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to shake some sense into her at one point but she didn’t know what I knew!
You know, I don’t actually think I hated any of the characters. Well, aside from one but it’s pretty clear as to why once you read the book (sorry, don’t want to give anything away!). Parts of Belle’s personality irked me something chronic, BUT, I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt once the jigsaw pieces of her life came together.
‘Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay’ was everything I could have dreamed of, and more. No lie. For me, it was absolutely perfect. There was the right mixture of past vs present, sadness vs happiness, as well as character vs character.
Jill Mansell’s novel made me laugh, well up and gasp. I finished reading the novel with a HUGE smile on face without even realising it. I genuinely cannot fault ‘Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay’, it truly was the breath of fresh air and escape that I needed to lose myself in.
Beautifully written, Jill Mansell has created yet another fantastic novel rather flawlessly. I wish I could give this novel a much higher rating than Amazon allowed (trust me, if I could it would be off the scale), as it as really gotten under my skin in such an indescribable way.
‘Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay’ is such a special, unique and cleverly written novel that obviously has been written from the authors heart. I know that Jill Mansell’s novel will forever hold a special place in my heart, reminding me to never give up on what you truly want, regardless of the amount of hurdles you have to jump over first.
Thank you Headline.