Today I am on the tour for Edie Browne’s Cottage By The Sea, which is a very surprising book.
Those who don’t jump will never fly…
Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.
But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places…
Come home to St Aidan and Periwinkle Cottage for a romance full of love, laughter and friends for life!
This is a book that I’ll admit I went into with a bit of presumption on the style and the story, especially after reading and loving The Little Cornish Kitchen last year and seeing the wonderfully light and fun cover. However this book was totally different from what I was expecting, I like that it completely surprised me because I felt drawn in even more to what was happening.
I don’t want to say too much about the certain plot point that caught me off guard because I think other readers really need to have that same experience but what I will say is that I really liked how this story for me became something other than just the fun romance that I thought it was going to be. It was so much more than that, it was about growth, about finding yourself, and about friendship but it also had the fun and flirty element that I was hoping for too.
Edie was a great character, she’s come up against some troubles but she still manages to find the fun in things even though some people would probably flounder. I loved her epic achievements, they made me laugh but also kept me turning the pages desperate to find out how she had got to them.
I loved her unlikely relationship with Cam, it was super sweet to see him open up to someone, and for them both to have someone who is on their level for support. I also liked that her whilst her moving to St Aidan is about having some rest time, she is also there to support her Aunty Jo just as much as the other way around. Jo was a tonic, she really made me smile with her stubbornness and stripy pyjamas, I liked that both her and Edie were pushing each other and achieving things together.
Of course it wouldn’t be the same if there wasn’t a bit of back and forth with a handsome gentleman. Luckily Barney fills that role well, however I’m glad that he is more than just a pretty face. He is the kind of character that again I made some assumptions about that were then blown out the water and I liked that he could Edie made some of those assumptions as well and that we were both surprised. The way he is with Cam and the fact that he always tried to put him first gave him that extra thumbs up for sure.
I’m also glad that even though there is the romantic interest that the story isn’t really just based around that, it’s as much about the other friendships which gives it that unexpected edge. I kind of wish that I was able to go to the classes and barn yard events, they all sounded totally up my street and I love that sense of community that I felt when reading this book.
This book is full of characters that pull on your heart strings and a story that is emotional but also fun and inspirational. It will be hard not to fall in love with Edie Browne and St Aidan, I know I have.
Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.
Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.
Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins.
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