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#BlogTour! #Review – The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham (@lilygrahambooks) @bookouture


Get swept away along the beautiful Cornish coast, where a love story in a long forgotten diary has the power to change one woman’s life forever.

Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary. 

In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.

Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.

Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

An unputdownable and gorgeously romantic read about lost love and new beginnings set in the green hills and rocky cliffs of the breath-taking Cornish coast.

What does TWG think?

I am SOOOOO excited to be kicking off the blog tour for the AMAZING Lily Graham, alongside the also fabulous, Linda from Books Of All Kinds! What a way to kick off the tour!! Today is doubly special as it’s also Lily’s publication day for her new book, The Cornish Escape (published by Bookouture), from all the readers and I, a HUGE congratulations Lily! Kicking off a blog tour for one of your favourite authors is incredibly nerve-wracking (and an honour), as you want to do them proud. So, if you see this post around social media today please do share it everywhere (and Linda’s) so that we can create a huge buzz for Lily and her book. Thank you!
I hope you enjoy my review of Lily’s brand new book, The Cornish Escape.

When things in our personal lives don’t go to plan, we often feel the need to flee. ‘Why run away from your problems?’ you might ask, but when your heart has been broken and a life you thought you knew very well was no more, why NOT flee? Change of scenery, time to think; what’s so wrong about that? Who are we to judge, we aren’t Victoria.

Victoria’s marriage had come to an abrupt end, and instead of staying around to deal with pitying looks and bad memories, she takes off to a small village in Cornwall, Tregollan. Victoria has bitten the bullet and started her life anew, but what happens now? Well, it seems as though Victoria is in the mind-set that her life cannot get any worse than it is now so she decides to use that to her advantage by thinking with her heart instead of her head. Yes, yes, I know. I held my head in my hands as well! Such a BOLD move to think with your heart when logistics tell you something completely different, after all, we have all done it, right? -reminds self to not think with my heart for the last piece of cake….-

You know, I have never read a book of Lily Graham’s that I didn’t enjoy, yet with every new book you begin to wonder how on Earth will the author top the last novel. I’m not going to lie, I did wonder that seeing as I had given Lily’s previous novels 5*’s each and I had my fingers crossed for her newest one.

When I began reading the novel I knew straight away that it wasn’t going to be like her others. ‘The Cornish Escape’ had a lot more grit and power attached to it from an independent character point of view, as opposed to an emotional overall storyline. Two rather different storyline examples yet both brilliant.

Yes my friends, Lily Graham has done it yet again. Not only has she created a main character who is sticking her two fingers up at heart ache, heart break…and her husband, Lily has turned that character into a sassy fireball who still wears her heart on her sleeve and isn’t afraid to think with it either.

As the storyline unfolds, Victoria unearths an old diary which had been written by a lady called, Tilly. A lady who, (after careful detective work by Victoria and her new friend), has had her own fair share of heart-break. Be warned, you may need a tissue or two (or the whole box). Tilly’s story is, wow, beautifully sad. Is that even a thing? I’m sure you know what I mean, I was mesmerised by the whole diary if I’m honest.

Putting Victoria’s and Tilly’s stories together to create a heart warming, waterfall of emotion, was an absolute genius idea. It was different, poignant and totally relatable. Not every story will have the candy floss vibe to it and if I’m honest, ‘The Cornish Escape’ did not require any additional bulking out by fluff of the candy floss nature. This storyline has the power behind it to stand tall and fly the flag for real life situations, with REAL emotional values.

Once again I cannot fault a single thing of Lily Graham’s novel; she has written an outstanding storyline which may even end up being a heart-broken woman’s mantra.

A beautiful novel written from a beautiful heart. Outstanding.

A cosy, heart warming and beautiful read which transports you to a majestic Cornwall, all by the turn of a page. In my eyes, Lily Graham can do no wrong; this is her best book yet (and all hers are fab!).

Thank you Bookouture.

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About the author

Lily has been telling stories since she was a child, starting with her imaginary rabbit, Stephanus, and their adventures in the enchanted peach tree in her garden, which she envisioned as a magical portal to Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. She’s never really got out of the habit of making things up, and still thinks of Stephanus rather fondly.

She lives with her husband and her English bulldog, Fudge, and brings her love for the sea and country-living to her fiction.

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#Review – Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell (@JillMansell) @headlinepg


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.

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