Today I'm pleased to be hosting the blog tour for Summer At Conwenna Cove. This review is written with thanks to Faye Rogers, Canelo and Netgalley for my copy of the book.
Eve Carpenter is a head teacher. She is going through a divorce following a personal tragedy. When she suffers an anxiety attack in an important meeting, her colleague and best friend, Amanda, insists that she takes a break. Eve decides to visit her Aunt Mary in Conwenna Cove in order to recuperate, where she is introduced to her aunt's lodger, Jack. Mary believes that Conwenna Cove has a magic quality. Can Conwenna Cove work its magic on Eve, so that she is able to put her heartbreak behind her?
Conwenna Cove is an enchanting place, and I loved the feeling of family and community that Boleyn created in the novel. Through this, I was transported to Cornwall and the calm and peaceful atmosphere there. It epitomised the sense of escapism that I like to feel when reading.
I must admit that Summer At Conwenna Cove is not the type of novel I would usually read. It has all the elements you would expect in a chick lit novel: a female character who is reluctant to start a relationship, a male character who keeps his cards close to his chest, and a will they, won't they storyline characterised by false starts and uncertainty. However, I found that Summer At Conwenna Cove offered much more than this. As Eve starts to question some of her past choices and what she wants from her life, she begins to consider the benefits of simply "being" and living life one step at a time. This approach to life is one that I have been encouraged to adopt recently, and Eve's journey resembles mine in some ways. As such, I was able to relate to Eve's character and empathise with her in her recovery.
The supporting characters in Summer At Conwenna Cove are also incredibly relatable and add to the richness of the novel. Both Jack and Mary have their own heartbreaking pasts, and as these are explored in more detail, I found myself able to sympathise with them. In addition to this, their scenes also add humour, which allows Boleyn to get the balance between poignant and uplifting just right.
Overall, I enjoyed Summer At Conwenna Cove, and whilst parts of it may be slightly predictable, this novel is much more than a standard chick lit book.
Summer At Conwenna Cove is available from Amazon.
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