24 Oct The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham #BlogTour #Review
Hey amigos, today I have the pleasure to take part in Lily Graham’s blog tour for her beautiful new book, The Cornish Escape. If you had a tough week and are looking for a book with a strong feel factor to relax you over the weekend, this is definitely THE book. It’s currently just 99p for the kindle and I strongly recommend you grab yourself a copy. You won’t be able to put it down. As always, many thanks to lovely Kim from Bookouture for the chance to be part of the blog tour and my review copy.
See ya later, chickens!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham
Published on 6.4.2017
Get swept away along the beautiful Cornish coast, where a love story in a long forgotten diary has the power to change one woman’s life forever.
Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary.
In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.
Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.
Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?
An unputdownable and gorgeously romantic read about lost love and new beginnings set in the green hills and rocky cliffs of the breath-taking Cornish coast.
Oh this was such an enjoyable book! The Cornish Escape is the second one by Lily Graham that I’ve read and while I certainly enjoyed her first book, The Summer Escape, I found this one much deeper and layered story.
I’ve been reading a lot of dark and disturbing books lately, so this book was just what I needed. I did have some expectations, however it proved to be much better than anything I’ve thought it would be.
After 9 years of marriage Victoria’s happy life is shattered. Her husband cheats on her with a much younger woman and she sees no way out of it but to escape…leave him for good. She’s a successful autobiographer and due to her work she’s traveled all around UK and feels this special bond with Cornwall. Naturally it is there she finds peace and starts anew. However, there are some secrets she’ll reveal, secrets that span decades and go back to the previous owners of the house she buys in Cornwall.
At the worst time of her life she discovers Tilly’s diary and letters and starts her own investigation on who exactly Tilly was and why is there so many rumors about the house she bought, some even calling it the Cursed House. Good thing is that Victoria is not really into rumors and love s a bit of mystery and research. She starts feeling Tilly so close to her, as if never meeting this young woman or the decades that lay between them didn’t matter.
This was such an easy book to read. The author’s writing and the short chapters with some diary entries and letters make it really dynamic and easy to follow. I was quite impressed with the mystery element. I thought the book would be all about Victoria reinventing herself and healing her broken heart, and while it certainly there’s a lot of it about that, the story goes beyond. Tilly’s story makes the book more complete, complex and layered and it sure made me intrigued enough to keep turning the pages.
The only reason why I’ve decided to give it 4* instead of 5* when it’s obvious I enjoyed the book, is that I wasn’t too pleased with the ending. For me, it felt a bit rushed and I do think a few more chapters could’ve helped and made it more enjoyable. But this could be totally me as I’ve seen a lot of reviewers loving the ending even being surprised by it.
To sum up, The Cornish Escape is one enjoyable, feel-good book I totally recommend. You’ll simply be flying through it, devouring it in one sitting. The author picked the perfect setting, beautiful Cornwall and did an amazing job in transporting me to this place. If you’re a fan of women’s fiction with some mystery and drama, this is definitely the book for you.
About Lily Graham
Lily has been telling stories since she was a child, starting with her imaginary rabbit, Stephanus, and their adventures in the enchanted peach tree in her garden, which she envisioned as a magical portal to Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. She’s never really got out of the habit of making things up, and still thinks of Stephanus rather fondly.
She lives with her husband and her English bulldog, Fudge, and brings her love for the sea and country-living to her fiction