Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa Ashley

review - summer at the cornich cafeOne summer can change everything . . .

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.
That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.
Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi’s own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .
A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full.
Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

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Reviewer: Gina

Rating: 2 Stars

The premise of this story is lovely, but I didn’t connect as I’d hoped with the characters or the writing style. There are the promised echoes of Poldark, which I would have liked to see play out more strongly, and there are things mentioned in character pasts that aren’t mentioned again – possibly this is because it is book one in a trilogy, though. My favourite part of the storyline was the restoration of the holiday park.

While the story holds a lot of promise, I had issues with the use of tense as it moves often between past and present during the narrative. I also had trouble finding a difference in the characters’ voices, and I didn’t really buy into their emotions as I didn’t get the opportunity to ‘feel’ what they were feeling. I’d be interested to see which characters feature in the second of the trilogy but, over all, the writing here felt a bit flat to me.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.