Delighted today to be one of the first stops on the blog tour for this enchanting debut by Kitty Wilson, and on publication day too. Happy Publication Day, Kitty! Huge thanks Ellie Pilcher at Canelo for inviting me to take part in this tour.
“Rosy Winter is definitely not looking for love
Following heartbreak, Rosy has rebuilt her life in the beautiful Cornish village of Penmenna. Now, headmistress of the local school, she is living by The Rule: no dating anyone in the village. Easy right? But Rosy Winter has a new neighbour, handsome gardener Matt.
In Penmenna for his new gardening TV show, this guy next door will do everything he can to persuade her to break her rule and win her heart. Meanwhile, Penmenna Village School is threatened with closure and it’s up to Rosy to rally the local community and #SaveOurSchool. Can she bring her worlds together and accept help from the most unlikely of sources? One thing’s for sure… she won’t be giving up without a fight.
This heartwarming romance is perfect for fans of Tilly Tennant, Holly Martin and A. L. Michael.”
Rosy has put her turbulent past relationship behind her and has built a contented new life in the delightful Cornish village of Penmenna, where she runs the happy local school and lives a solitary but settled life in her tiny cottage. That is until a threat of closure of the school, and a threat to her personal equilibrium in the face of a handsome new neighbour disrupt everything.
This is a delightful debut from Kitty Wilson. The plot is a departure from the usual Cornish novels which seem to centre around cafes, shops and guesthouses and gets right into the heart of the community at the village school. Rosy is a character that I warmed to immediately so I was very quickly invested in her story. Her new neighbour, Matt, is pretty much the perfect man – handsome, thoughtful, charming, good with children – but Kitty still manages to make him believable and you will be screaming at Rosy to see what we see in him throughout the course of the book.
The plot isn’t earth-shattering, with no shocking twists and turns, it is a more gentle and straight-forward with a series of misunderstandings and complicated emotional barriers being the main devices to carry the story which make it an easy read and largely convincing but no less gripping. There did come a point when I was getting a little frustrated with Rosy’s insistence on sticking to ‘The Rule’ and her complete over-reaction at one point in the book but it did become clear later why she reacted this way which made sense to me eventually. Matt showed amazing fortitude in the face of her erratic behaviour, but I guess he had plenty of experience in dealing with his sister.
Matt’s sister, Angelina, is a nightmare in human form and the one flaw he had, as far as i could see (and one I would have found difficult to stomach had I been Rosy) was how much he let her get away with. However, she did provide a lot of comic value in this book, along with Marion, the scourge of the PTA, who had pretty much become my favourite character by the end of the book. In fact, the book had many laugh out loud/cringe inside moments, my particular highlight being Rosy’s blind date.
Throw in a cute but mischievous dog, a school full of adorable children, a fabulous country house garden and the gorgeous Cornish setting, peopled with eccentric local customs, and you have a winning formula that it is impossible not to enjoy. I read this book in a couple of hours.
This book is as sweet and tempting as a Cornish cream tea and I enjoyed every mouthful.
The Cornish Village School: Breaking The Rules is out today and you can purchase a copy here.
Thank you to NetGalley and Canelo for my copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
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About the Author
Kitty Wilson has lived in Cornwall for the last twenty-five years having been dragged there, against her will, as a stroppy teen. She is now remarkably grateful to her parents for their foresight and wisdom – and that her own children aren’t as hideous. She spends most of her time welded to the keyboard or hiding out at the beach and has a penchant for very loud music, equally loud dresses and romantic heroines who speak their mind.
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