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A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss
Weeks after boarding a train to Paris in pursuit of her writing dreams, aspiring novelist Maisie Clark is right back where she started: on the idyllic shores of Port Hewer in Cornwall, luggage in hand and heart filled with anticipation for what lies ahead. Except that nothing seems the same as Maisie left it, from her place among the staff at the hotel Penmarrow to her budding romance with groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, who isn’t quite ready to overlook the painful consequences of her sudden departure.
Losing Sidney would be unbearable, but Maisie can’t help fearing it might be true if the rift between them proves too deep to heal. She knows her feelings for him are unchanged, but whether he feels the same remains to be seen—particularly since she stopped him from expressing them in the first place. And to make matters worse, her position at the Penmarrow has been filled by another, there’s nowhere for her to live in the village, and her savings are finally dwindling to a pathetic number – with her book still unpublished after her startling discovery about the author helping guide her towards success.
But one thing which hasn’t changed is the drama and excitement at the hotel Penmarrow, where the staff is awaiting inspection from the dreaded owner Ms. Claypool. Stirring up trouble in the meantime is the owner’s special guest ‘Mad Ludwig’, an eccentric architect whose demands are definitely driving everyone on the staff a little crazy. And then there’s the hotel’s mysterious new desk manager, whose behavior ignites Maisie’s suspicions and causes her to become entangled in yet another form of intrigue—one that could unwittingly jeopardize the future of the Penmarrow and everyone who works there, unless Maisie can find a way to undo the harm.
With everything that matters to her most at stake this time, Maisie faces her biggest challenges yet…and her deepest question of the heart as she confronts the reason she returned to Cornwall and the Penmarrow in the first place.
I am a big fan of Laura Briggs, so when I see that her new book was coming out and there was going to be a book tour for it, I jumped at my chance to participate!
A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss is Book Six in A Little Hotel in Cornwall series. If you’ve read the previous books, you know how delightful the setting of the little sleepy village of Port Hewer is. I imagine it full of tender sunshine and spectacular views. Of course, the disadvantage of living in such a small place is that it isn’t easy to find a job or a place to rent, unless you come from the village originally. Why would our protagoinist Maisie Clark need these things? Isn’t she chasing her dream of writing and publishing her own book in Paris and London? Six weeks after Maisie confessed her feelings to Sidney and left Cornwall, she is back. Of course, the only place she can think of where she can stay is the Penmarrow Hotel. Her job and her little room in the attic have been given to somebody else, so Maisie is staying as a guest. It was great to meet the familiar cast of the hotel employees and village inhabitants.
Maisie knows Sidney needs time to forgive her for leaving so suddenly after telling him she loved him and there are still too many secrets between them or rather things to discover. So there is charming romance in a Cornish Daisy’s Kiss. There is also a mystery to solve as Maisie accidentally discovers that the new desk manager Frank isn’t exactly who is pretending to be. Why is he in the hotel and what is his secret agenda?
Maisie is such a lovely protagonist. She is adventurous, honest, kind and supportive. It was great to see the inside workings of writing a book, drafting and re-drafting endless times from an author’s perspective. I love the way she decided not to take any shortcuts with her book by riding somebody else’s famous name, but earn its existence with hard work. She is also a very fair and loyal person,as we can see from her interactions with the hotel owner, mysterious Ms Claypool, who comes to PenMarrow on one of her awe-striking inspections.
Laura Briggs never fails to entertain and A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss is another charming addition to her lovely series which already has a lot of fans. A great summer read!
About Laura Briggs:
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘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 and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
Thank you for stopping by and reading the post!
- Have you read any books by Laura Briggs? If yes, did you like them?
- Do you like the small village/hotel setting?
- Is it easy to come back to the person you said you love after you left to chase your dreams?