The Little Cornish Kitchen
by June Linfoot
It’s time to come home to Cornwall.
With an exciting new life in Paris, Clemmie Hamilton isn’t looking forward to heading home to the picturesque but sleepy village of St Aidan, Cornwall. However, when she discovers that the cosy apartment by the sea, which her grandmother left to her, is under threat from neighbour and property developer, Charlie Hobson, Clemmie realises she can’t abandon her home in its time of need.
With her childhood friends encouraging her, Clemmie decides to turn the apartment into ‘The Little Cornish Kitchen’ – a boutique pop up pudding club raising money for the repairs to the building in an effort to stop Charlie once and for all. But when Charlie and his easy charm won’t seem to go away, everything soon becomes even messier than the state of Clemmie’s Cornish kitchen…
There are very few books I read in which I know it’s going to be a 5-star read for me, but I knew it instantly with The Little Cornish Kitchen. It wasn’t just one thing that made this such an enjoyable book. It was the storyline itself, the characters, and the setting. All those elements blended perfectly together!
When I read the section, “About the Author,” at the end of the book, it was noted that she writes romances with “feisty heroines and a bit of an edge.” That was certainly a perfect description of Clemmie. When she realizes the cottage her grandmother left her is in danger of being usurped by her neighbor and developer, Charlie, she gets very inventive and opens the Little Cornish Kitchen in the flat to use the money to save the flat. To her surprise, Charlie actually helps her learn to master the recipes her grandmother, Laura, left her.
Charlie is not anything like I expected in the beginning. I thought he would do anything to get what he wanted from Clemmie, but he really surprised me and made my heart pitter patter. He really appreciated her as a unique, independent, fiesty woman she was. As the two spend more time together, they learn more about each other. Through their interactions, I learned more about them. I learned why Clemmie is so afraid of putting down roots and having a relationship.
The secondary characters were fleshed out very well, even the dog and cat Charlie is caring for. What was amazing is the role that Laura played. She is no longer alive, but she was so important to the storyline. Because of her, major changes come to Clemmie’s life giving her the peace she craves so much.
The setting was beautiful. I happen to agree with Clemmie’s friends…the village is charming and picturesque with “pastel colored cottages” and the ocean right there. However, Clemmie believed the world was much bigger than St. Aidan. As she spends more time there, Paris loses some of the luster in her eyes, and she comes to realize how very special St. Aidan really is.
I loved how she ended the book with a “PS” instead of an “epilogue.” It made me feel more connected with the story, like Clemmie was writing me a letter letting me know how things were going! I just couldn’t get enough of the story, the characters, and St. Aidan. Plus, at the end of the book, readers are treated to some yummy recipes from The Little Cornish Kitchen!I highly recommend reading this book if you are looking for a “heartwarming and funny romance.”
Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Cornish-Kitchen-Jane-Linfoot-ebook/dp/B076JW252H
Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.
Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.
Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins.
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