2020, Author Love, ebook, novella, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Cornish Cream Tea Summer – part four Muffin Compares To You By Cressida McLaughlin

There were tears….

Blurb: Being left in charge of the cream tea bus has been full of surprises for Delilah, she’s made new friends and discovered more about herself than she could possibly have imagined. But there are some things that any amount of jam and clotted cream tea can’t solve, and Delilah needs to be brave and face some of her fears, if she’s to hold on to happiness…

Review: Oh Cressida where do I begin.

I had hoped to start reading this the instant it pinged onto my kindle with a beverage but I was in the midst of something else, with the hope of reading it that evening I was then plagued with a headache, which meant my reunion was shelved for another day.

In saying that as much as I’ve been eager to know what happened I also didn’t want to say goodbye to the Cornish seaside once again. As I said on my last review for part three I had loved the original trips to Cornwall when Charlie first emerged but there really has been something about this second outing that’s got under my skin.

From the off the overly dramatic Lila has been a favourite of mine, anyone who can not only create award winning and amazingly sounding coffees but can describe them in the easy fashion that she does is a friend for life. She may get some things wrong but her heart is always in the right place and her intentions are always good. Throughout this novel she’s always put others first and in the final instalment it’s time for her to grab her own happiness by the scruff of the neck. Her friendship with Keeley was heartwarming and lovely to see especially as Keeley had felt like a fish out of water and Lila helped restore her confidence. Seeing Lila and Clara have a deep and meaningful conversation and in restoring their friendship was pretty something and was one of my hopes for Lila before the series ended.

The final instalment is always the catalyst for tying up all the loose ends. For anyone who read my last thoughts you will know there were a number of tears well in the final stages there were a lot more tears.

I have to mention Sam Magee now for anyone who knows me you will know I have a bit of a soft spot for an Irishman. With many of my friends believing that I will end up with an Irishman not that that’s come true as yet. Sam is charming, handsome and a little on the shy side. I don’t want to say too much without ruining the story but let’s say this handsome man does bring me to tears and I hope it’s not the end of Sam Magee.

2020, Author Love, beauty, ebook, novella, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Cornish Cream Tea Summer – part three – My Tart Will Go On By Cressida McLaughlin

Part three both calmed and broke me.

Blurb: Charlie has left Delilah in charge of the cream tea bus and she is making new friends while getting caught up in the excitement of the filming of a TV period drama. However, not everything is as rosy as it seems and soon Delilah is called on to help a friend in need.
Delilah also finds her feelings for actor Sam hard to ignore – she thinks it would be crazy to fall for one of the country’s hottest new talents. It can only end in tears and Lila’s got no intention of having her heart broken…

Review: Today is publication day for the third instalment to The Cornish Cream Tea Summer and as we are nearing the conclusion this segment is right at the heart of the action. After part two I was left bereft and not only wanting but needing to know where the story would go. It’s safe to say after part three I’m left absolutely broken and there were a significant number of tears.

As I’ve stated in this second series with Charlie and the gang I loved Lila from the minute she arrived on her cousins doorstep with her tale between her legs not knowing where to turn. Lila is a breathe of fresh air and just the sort of whirlwind heroine I need in my life in this current climate we’re experiencing. Lila then takes me onto Sam oh Sam, sweet sam is just the book boyfriend to tear me away from the madness in the world right now. I must admit I was pretty much taken with coy Sam from the very beginning of this trip to Porthgolow.

So as I say part three is thrown straight into the action with action stations from Lila who is desperate to prove to Keeley how wanted she really is. In part two Lila had got herself involved in the action as so to speak and now she was worried that it would all come crashing down – thankfully the hapless heroine needs more faith in her own abilities.

Gertie – Hal’s bus of dreams also reaches his one year anniversary it was lovely to see all the residents that made Cressida’s first Cornish book a firm favourite with me back in full on party mode. It also made me as a reader reminiscent of when I first met each of them who slotted in nicely with the new additions including my favourite in the delectable Sam Magee. I must say Sam producing a bottle of fizz was just what the celebrations needed.

There are many friendships and relationships that blossom in this segment and seeing each of them made my heart swell with pride. The Porthgolow clan really do look after each other and the film crew are also just as lovely.

I don’t want to delve deep into the heart of the plot but I will say it’s another bumpy ride for Lila. She’s so warm hearted and deserves the best but along the way her Mum and her best friend Clara’s unkind words seemed to have dampened her sparkle and her faith in herself.

As always this segment ended with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. The end of April can’t come soon enough although having said that I will really miss this second trip to the Cornish coast I think it’s safe to say I fell hard. At a time when the world is all over the place this little escape has done me the world of good even if there were a number of tears. I loved that Hal’s sentiment of learning from mistakes and Charlie’s live in the moment were mentioned it’s definitely something that we all need right now.

Thank you Cressida I hope this isn’t the end of this bunch as I’ve grown awfully fond of them. I didn’t think Daniel could be topped he still holds a place in my heart but Sam is what I need right now.

2020, Author Love, novella, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Cornish Cream Tea Summer – part two- Beauty & the yeast By Cressida McLaughlin

Blurb: Charlie, Delilah and their adorable cream tea bus have found themselves caught up in the filming of a lavish period drama on the Cornish coast and it isn’t long before Lila finds herself drawn to the handsome male lead.
But Lila has made a habit of making rash decisions and it’s one of the reasons she’s hiding out in Cornwall. Could this be one impulsive step too far for her, or is there the promise of something wonderful on the sea air…?

Review: Part two pinged through to my kindle at the right time. A much needed and welcome distraction to the craziness that is the corona virus. None of us could have predicted how this would effect and change our lives. For me this came through on day two with no work schedule, I love reading and having time to dedicate to my blog and to sit with family but I’m desperately missing the routine and day to day that work brings to my life.

In part two Lila is flying solo with the Cornish Cream Tea bus and she’s doing a smashing job of looking after the bus and fulfilling the needs of the cast and crew of Estelle. In this latest instalment Lila’s friendship with Keeley starts to flourish with the pair of them opening up over their separate worries.

Now I have to mention Sam – that sandy haired blue eyed beauty really does need to be on my doorstep especially on days like today. I found myself wholeheartedly embracing the romance of it all. I love how he can seem like two different people the confident actor and the shy guy. I loved seeing him cosy up to a certain someone it seemed to develop slowing but I was embracing it and full of such love – fully immersed in the story.

I don’t want to say too much about the story there is very little of Charlie and Daniel as they are off exploring San Francisco whilst Lila is switching up the coffees and embracing new ideas on the bus. She does get to do some cool stuff with the loveable Sam and Toby and seeing her friendships blossom with the cast and crew.

As her relationships are changing Lila thinks more and more about her fraught friendship with best mate Clara and in a conversation with Keeley she starts doubting herself. I love that the catalyst of that conversation has Lila desperate to prove she’s changed and learnt from her impulsive mistakes can she Sam and Charlie help change the fate of Estelle and the Cornish Cream Tea Bus.

I wasn’t particularly happy with how it ended as I just want to continue reading about the Cornish coast and their gorgeous residents. Part two was a welcome distraction that should have been read quite quickly but it allowed me to delve in and out of real life – during a time when I wanted and needed to escape. I’ve made another book boyfriend giving me unrealistic ideals but I can’t wait for Sam to come back into my life in part three.

Thank you Cressida for being the light in such an unpredictable time for of uncertainty.