I am delighted to take part in the book tour of Liz Hurley’s new novel Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage, which was released on Wednesday. I’ve never read Liz Hurley’s books before, but I was drawn to this book due to the beautiful summery cover and the fact that it is set in a village in Cornwall. It’ll be a while before I’m able to go to the beach, so I couldn’t turn down a book that’ll enable me to experience the coast vicariously.
Sitting alongside the beach and just up from the gently lapping waves, sat a perfect cottage. She had found where she was going to live. Her own little cockleshell cove.
Ever since the Byrne sisters – Ariana, Aster, Clem, Paddy and Nic – discovered they were heiresses to the vast Hiverton fortune, their lives have never been the same. No longer living in poverty in London, they now own an estate in Norfolk, a castle in Scotland and a picturesque village in Cornwall.
When sensitive Paddy, the baby of the family despite her successful career as a model, swaps the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week for the cobbled lanes of Tregisky on the beautiful Cornish coast, it’s time for her to stand on her own two feet.
Soon, she’s settled in her new home of Cockleshell Cottage overlooking the wild surf, the seals her closest companions.
And when she meets ex-soldier Hal, she’s instantly smitten. Funny, considerate, and not to mention drop dead gorgeous, he’s perfect in every way apart from one – he’s engaged. But after a misunderstanding brings the two together in ways they couldn’t have imagined, it seems like they might just change each other’s lives.
Will Paddy fall in love with more than just the glorious blue skies of Cornwall? Or are there storm clouds gathering ahead?
Escape to the Cornish coast this summer with this completely uplifting romcom – perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Phillipa Ashley and Milly Johnson.
In Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage we follow Paddy, the youngest of five sisters who have just inherited a large sum of money and a handful of properties from their recently deceased uncle. Now given the title of ‘Lady Patricia’, Paddy decides to trade in her career as a model for a new life in Cornwall. At first, Paddy wanted to spend some time in Cornwall by herself to figure out what she wants to do in life, but then she falls in love with the area (and a certain handsome man too) and is determined to help the local residents.
Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage has excellent character development – Paddy felt real and fleshed out. I liked reading about Paddy’s relationship with her sisters: while they could be overprotective at times, Paddy is very close to them. Paddy is also independent and hardworking, always putting others first. I enjoyed following Paddy as she become more accustomed to living away from London and overcame some obstacles. Living in Cornwall is completely different to living in London, but Paddy settled in quickly.
As a summery chick-lit novel, you can of course expect some romance in Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage. The main house is often use as a filming cottage for a German film company, and that’s how Paddy bumps into Hal. While Hal is confident and has a great sense of humour, he misleads Paddy and slut-shames her at one point. However, despite a couple of setbacks, he does become more supportive of Paddy towards the end of the book and promises to stick with her.
One thing I didn’t realise until after I’d finished Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage in that it’s actually a follow-up to Liz Hurley’s previous novel A New Life for Ariana Byrne. As I enjoyed Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage, I’ll definitely read A New Life for Ariana Byrne as soon as I get the chance: it’ll be intriguing to read about one of Paddy’s sisters and the property she has inherited.
Overall, Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage is an ideal book to cuddle up with if you want to escape from reality. It’s a cheesy but uplifting romance that’ll make you long to be by the sea.
Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage! Be sure to check out some of the other lovely bloggers who have taken part in this book tour:
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