Review: The Cornish Secret
As spring slips away from the hotel Penmarrow, excitement builds for an exclusive auction hosted at the hotel, featuring priceless possessions from a Hollywood actress turned lady of the manor, including her famous diamonds. Celebrities and collectors form a crowd that is keeping Maisie and the rest of staff busy, even as Maisie faces a crossroads for her manuscript. But when the diamonds are stolen and Sidney is accused by the authorities, Maisie's dilemma as a writer is pushed aside out of fear that his future in Port Hewer is in jeopardy.
Desperation to prove that someone else is behind the theft will lead Maisie to uncover a very different secret outside of jewel thieves and village rumors ... one that could change her life and her future forever. Can Maisie deal with the latest secrets exposed — including those that paint Sidney's past in a questionable light? And as summer's dawn alters her idyllic life in Cornwall, will Maisie's feelings for Sidney change as well?
What a delightful little story! I was immediately enthralled witht he characters (and the location, since I'm a well-known Corn-a-phile thanks to the Poldark series). There's a lovely bit of tongue-in-cheek as the writer holds a mirror up to her own artistic self. Maisie-the-writer is carrying about recognizable manuscript angst as she goes about hostessing. I really enjoyed Maisie. She was likable and interesting. Since the style is very internal, a likable protagonist was an absolute must.
The added intrigue of the diamond heist added a much-needed element for this more-than-occasional naysayer of romantic tropes. I wanted to know whodunnit and then I wanted to know what was true about Sidney! With so much to uncover, the pages flew by (interrupted much too frequently by the needs of my newborn).
This lovely book will make you long for spring, especially if you, as I did, read it on a snowy day where there don't seem to be enough blankets to create the warmth that oozes from the pages.
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Author Bio –
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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