Cornish charm and a Tennessee twist – the perfect pair?
Nessa Vivian is determined to keep her parents’ business afloat, but Pear Tree Farm near the backwater Cornish village of Polgarth didn’t do well as farm, and it’s not faring much better as a camp site. Maybe it’s due to Nessa’s habit of taking in troubled runaways, like ex-soldier Crispin, for next to nothing. Or perhaps her highly-strung sister Lowena is right – caravans named after Beatles’ songs and homegrown pears are not enough to turn the farm into a tourist haven.
Then another troubled runaway turns up, posing the greatest threat yet. Ex-musician Ward Spencer from Tennessee is certainly intriguing, but could his plans to put nearby Tregereth House on the map mean Pear Tree Farm is finished – or does his arrival signal a second lease of life, and not just for Nessa’s business?
I received a digital ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
I should probably start by saying how much I enjoy Angela’s style of writing and this latest book is a fine example. Angela’s books are always well paced and there is never too much time wasted on ‘will they, won’t they’ scenarios.
Nessa is a wonderful protagonist, an independent woman who is determined to succeed without the need for a partner. Pear Tree Farm sounds idyllic, and I was certainly intrigued by the plans for bringing in more business.
Ward Spencer, on the other hand, has no financial concerns, he simply wants a new start, away from his fame and success. As much as I loved the sound of the campsite, I must admit that I would make a beeline for Tregereth House. Not because of the hunky owner, it’s more down to creature comforts, and indoor plumbing!
Our two main characters are well developed over the course of the story, and it’s not a spoiler to suggest that they are the romantic leads. Their mutual attraction is almost immediately evident, and in true Angela Britnell style, they are soon exploring their feelings.
When I say true Angela Britnell style, I’m not suggesting that her books are all the same, they’re not. I just love that time isn’t wasted on smouldering looks and misread signals. Whilst the descriptions of the area are relatively brief, I got a good feel for the locations and could easily imagine the clearing in the Pear Orchard.
As usual, there is a wonderful cast of characters, with my favourites being Jack and Polly, their story was difficult to imagine and heart-breaking once revealed. Along with Nessa’s sister and nephew, there are positive storylines running throughout the main theme. For me, without a doubt, it’s the romance that I read for, all the rest is icing.
Escape to Cornwall and enjoy warm summer evenings and a few sneaky pasties.
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!
A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 30 novels published internationally and several short stories in women’s magazines.
If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, dark chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner)
Check out www.angelabritnellromance.com