Thursday 23 June 2022

Book Review: A Golden Cornish Summer by Phillipa Ashley

A Golden Cornish Summer by Phillipa Ashley book cover

AD* | Under the golden Cornish sun, buried treasure and family secrets will change Emma’s life forever...

Emma loved her life in the seaside village of Silver Cove. But when the discovery of sunken treasure ignited a feud between her family and that of Luke, her first love, everything fell apart. Heartbroken and betrayed, she fled.

Now, as she wades into the sparkling surf for the first time in fifteen years, she remembers everything she loved about this beautiful place. Then a huge wave knocks her off her feet. Wet and dripping, Emma is rescued by none other than Luke – who is, to her dismay, even more handsome than ever.

As their paths continue to cross, and Emma is reminded of everything she ran away from, she starts to wonder if returning home was a huge mistake.

Or could the real treasure have been waiting here for her all along?

A Golden Cornish Summer is an enjoyable 'will they won't they' romance read.

The main characters Emma and Luke are former teenage sweethearts. Emma has just moved back to Cornwall after a long period away, and of course, it doesn't take long for their paths to cross. Conflicted by her feelings and trapped by the echoes of the past, can Emma overcome her struggles to stay in Cornwall for good this time?

The descriptions in this book are superb and the author's love for the Cornish coastline clearly seeps through the pages. From Emma's artwork to the vital work of the team clearing rubbish from the beaches, there is a real passion for Cornwall entwined with the story. It's a joy to read!

I was really looking forward to the buried treasure aspect of this book as I love a good mystery. However, I felt it was undervalued by other elements of the plot which was a real shame, as it brings a unique angle to the story. Despite that, the plot was enjoyable and this was a great summer read.

I should also point out that I love the fact that Phillipa Ashley's books are all set in the same universe, with familiar places and characters cropping up in each new book. It's like waving hello to an old friend each time you come across a familiar name!

Fun and light, A Golden Cornish Summer is another great read from author Phillipa Ashley.

Rating: 3 stars

A Golden Cornish Summer is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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