It seems that I’ve gotten a tendency to start my new reading year with a blog tour. This time I’ve read the newest of Laura Briggs’ books and it was just as sweet as the last one I read, A Little Hotel in Cornwall. This book gets published TODAY so if it seems like your kinda read then you don’t have to wait with ordering it! The synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads:
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.
If there’s one hotel I want to visit in Cornwall it is the Penmarrow. I fell in love with it in the last book but now it seems like a place one has to visit. Especially, with everything that goes on in this book. I found this book a bit more exciting than the last one! The previous book was a very sweet and easy read whilst this book had more action to it. The book took a very different direction from what I expected early on which was very nice! It was very entertaining and I found it very refreshing since I expected a book very similar to its predecessor. It was very difficult to discover the true story lying underneath but as we know I’m not the best person to brag about reading-detective skills, haha. Briggs continues with her good language and her great descriptions of the book’s surroundings. This makes the story very easy to enjoy and you can relax to the fullest whilst reading this book! I would say that it is an advantage to have read the previous book about Maisie and her friends but it is not necessary. I felt that Briggs describes what her new readers need to know well enough for them to follow the story without trouble.
Character wise I’m happy that we get to know Sidney more in this book. We were introduced to him in the last book but I felt like we got a clearer picture of his personality in this one. I enjoyed following the relationship that grows between him and Maisie. Sidney has a more central part to play in this story, maybe not in the way most people would expect but I think its a good choice made by the author. If you like it or not is up to you! Maisie herself is working on her manuscript and I feel like she’s portrayed more grown-up in this book. She’s stayed in Cornwall way longer than I expected her to but it turns out to be worth it in more than one way, and that’s all I’m going to say about Maisie this time. I risk spoiling too much if I say more and what would be the fun in that?!
The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise is a sweet and easy read with a bit of mystery added to it. Briggs gives us another good story where she keeps the characters we learned to enjoy in her previous book, but she gives them a slightly more challenging and more exciting storyline this time. This book was more up my alley than the last one, and if a bit of Cornish mystery and action is your thing then check it out!
Theme: Writing, friends, mystery
Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, 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, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.
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