A Perfect Cornish Escape by Phillipa Ashley | Book Review

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Can you tell I’m on a bit of a contemporary fiction drive at the moment. I’m flying through books at the moment – I even hit my (2nd) Goodreads goal of 75 books this week.  I gave myself the task of levelling out my Netgalley percentage as it was, and still is,  veering on the edge of appalling at the moment and I needed to fix that pronto. One of the ARCs that I received on there in around May was A Perfect Cornish Escape by Phillipa Ashley. I’ve never read anything by Phillipa before, but as a lover of Victoria Walters and Jo Thomas, I had high hopes for a similarly themed story like this one.

A Perfect Cornish Escape by Phillipa Ashley

A Perfect Cornish Escape by Phillipa Ashley Book Review

I’ve never been to Cornwall, but with all the stunning contemporary romances set there, it’s definitely on my ‘to do’ list. Like, right now. A Perfect Cornish Escape is, needless to say, a story set in Cornwall and follows cousins Marina and Tiff. Marina is Cornwall born and raised, whilst Tiff has been living in London as a journalist until she was fired and dumped, pretty much all in one fell swoop. Tiff then moves to Cornwall to stay with her cousin, bagging a writing job at a local print to keep herself busy. She meets one of the locals, Dirk and is instantly dismayed by him – he’s grouchy, he’s dark and he’s incredibly attractive.

On the other hand, Marina is going through equally as tough a time, seven years after her beloved husband was lost at sea, she finally feels ready to move on and start filing proceedings relating to his death. When Scottish Lachlan moves into the area, Marina sees it as an opportunity to spend time someone who cares about the same things as she does. Needless to say, it might be more than likeminded conversation that blossoms between the pair.

Read this book if you’re looking for joy and happiness

If you’re not a fan of cheesy contemporary romances, then this book will not be for you. It is INCREDIBLE cheesy and romantic – arguably too cheesy sometimes, but who am I to complain? I absolutely adored this story – I loved the setting of Cornwall and the relationships that formed between the girls and their respective male, as well as the relationship between Marina and Tiff; it’s clear to the audience that they are very closed and have each other’s best interests at heart. Marina’s voluntary role as a lookout over the beaches and the sea is very admirable, coming as a result of her husband’s accident – the cause is clearly very important to her and that’s expressed so well in the story.

Apparently this book is the third in the series, but I’d argue that you definitely don’t have to read the other two before getting stuck into this one. The characters and their roles were easy to manoeuvre through and everything came together beautifully in the end – a definitely must-read for lovers of contemporary romance.

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