Under A Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick

 

review - under a cornish skyDemi 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?

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Reviewer: Gina

Rating: 5 Stars

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.