Excited to be taking part in the blog blitz today for the second and last set of novellas in Laura Briggs’ popular A Wedding in Cornwall series, collected together in a single volume. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and to the author for my copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
“The last six novellas in the UK bestselling series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL are now available in one collection! Join American event planner Julianne in her final set of adventures ‘across the pond’ in beautiful Cornwall. From celebrity sightings to a local talent show, from a charming village fete to a secret Cornish garden, there’s never a dull moment for Julianne and her Poldark-esque true love Matthew in the quaint village of Ceffylgwyn.
This collection contains:
A Romance in Cornwall
A Star in Cornwall
A Sewing Circle in Cornwall
A Talent Show in Cornwall
An American in Cornwall
A Garden in Cornwall
Exclusive bonus materials include a sneak peek of the author’s all-new 2019 Cornish romance series!”
I must admit that, although I have it on my Kindle, I have not managed to squeeze the collection of the first six novellas into my reading schedule yet, so I have gone in to the second collection completely cold and without knowing anything about the characters or their back story.
This did not matter too much, as each of the six novellas within this collection can be read as standalones and the author gives us enough of the back story for the new reader to be able to keep up with the plot. However, I do think I would have been able to immerse myself more quickly and thoroughly in these stories if I had started from the beginning and had the full history of Julianne and Matthew’s romance to fall back on. As it was, I did feel a little detached from the stories, particularly as they mostly do not form the central plot of these books but are more peripheral to stories that are happening to people around them, which I get the impression is different from the first six novellas in the other collection.
I really loved the setting of these stories, centring as they do around the little Cornish village of Ceffylgwyn, Julieanne and Matt’s lovely cottage of Rosemoor and Cliffs House where they both work. Laura imbues the books with the atmosphere and character of Cornwall, full of warmth and charm so anyone who is fond of this location will find much to appreciate here.
The novellas are all individual stories and are easy to dip and out of for a quick fix of an easy and pleasant read. Each story has a different and quite sweet premise. Some of them are a little twee, so if you don’t have a very sweet, reading tooth, you might find them a bit sugary. However, those who are less cynical and revel in romance will enjoy them very much and the short length make them the ideal bite-size read when you only have time for a literary snack, rather than a gourmet meal. The book equivalent of a packet of treat-size Twixes.
A Wedding in Cornwall – Books 7 – 12 is out now and you can buy a copy here. If you would like to catch up on the first six novellas first, A Wedding in Cornwall – Books 1-6 is available here. I will be reviewing Laura’s new book One Winter’s Day on the day of its publication, which is the 9 October.
About the Author
Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series 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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