#Book Review #Blog Tour for Return to Cornwall by Laura Briggs @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for this lovely book!

Synopsis:

The sequel novel to the best-selling UK series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL brings new surprises, romance, humor, and wedding bells, to readers who fell in love with the first stories.

Busy mother of two Julianne Rose has extended her talents beyond the manor house, opening her own event planning agency with the help of no-nonsense best friend Kitty. Balancing the chaos of daily life with their respective careers in their beloved Cornish village means Julianne can rarely snatch a romantic moment with handsome husband Matt. And just when it seems things couldn’t get any more chaotic, a sudden arrival at Cliffs House lands Julianne in the most unusual event of her career.

The reappearance of Percy or ‘the old earl’ after years of adventures abroad has temporarily shocked Lord William and Lady Amanda and set the entire village abuzz with gossip. Grizzled, spry, and delightfully eccentric, he’s returned with a most unusual set of traveling companions: an archaeological team digging in a spot whispered to have ties with the legendary Camelot. But it’s Percy’s ties with a certain charming woman among its team that has everyone taken by surprise, along with the news of their soon-to-be nuptials.

Tasked with planning the big day, Julianne and Kitty spring at this opportunity despite its rushed timeline and their own woes regarding the renovation of their future event space. But as the big day rolls closer for the earl and his bride-to-be – with cakes and wedding flowers competing with pottery shards and an ancient warrior chieftain’s grave for attention — are there still surprising revelations to come?

Adding to the excitement is the return of former Cliffs House maid Gemma, whose posh new life as a novelist may not be all it seems … and Dinah visits in a flurry of festive baking for a holiday competition on everyone’s favorite baking show. Kitty’s life is in a tizz regarding both family and secrets … and Julianne’s happy marriage is challenged by an unwelcome sexy-and-persistent suitor among the summer visitors.

Filled with old friends, new adventures, and heartwarming Cornish charm, RETURN TO CORNWALL is an all-new, full-length novel—the first one ever to feature the characters from the original series!

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My thoughts:

Laura Briggs has numerous faithful fans who just can’t get enough of her trademark feel-good warmhearted stories in gorgeous settings. In ‘Return to Cornwall’ we get a chance to re-visit our old friends from ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’ series.

Julianne Morgen is now Julianne Rose, happily married to her own Ros Poldark a.k.a.  Matt Rose. They have two adorable, energetic children. Julianne has her own event planning business in partnership with Kitty, and Matt is also involved in a number of academic projects including giving lectures at university and designing teaching gardens. It is no wonder that the two parents need to share family duties and help each other out when work calls. They have been married for eight years now and understandably their love has changed, become more mature. This is what makes this book so relatable- Laura Briggs explores little ways in which people change, but stay true to themselves.

We also get to see plenty of other familiar characters. Julianne’s business partner Kitty has a neverending drama with her mom, her shifty uncle and loud cousins. Luckily, she is married to kind and understanding Nathan. How far will she go to protect him from her own family antics? Should she let go of her unconscious worry he might not want her once he really discovers how little they think of her and her abilities?

Lord and Lady of the Manor, Will and Mandy are expecting their second child while chasing their first born all over the grand house and overseeing different events and ceremonies that take place in their ancestral home. Speaking of the ancestors, Will and Mandy get a huge surprise when Will’s grandfather turns up on their doorstep having spent last twenty years travelling around the world and helping out at various archeological events. It quickly transpires good old, larger than life, Percy plans to get married soon to an archeology professor, who in turn is busy on a dig nearby. Lovers of archeology will be delighted by the description of the dig-related activities, including using LIDAR, geography scans and historical evidence. Plenty of exciting finds are waiting for them and the reader.
Percy love story turns out to be quite an interesting one and while it proves that ‘Love has no boundaries of time or distance’, it also shows that romance isn’t always easy and often involves changing and adjusting your life plans drastically.

If you like reading about wedding planning, you are, of course, going to enjoy Laura Briggs’ fascinating descriptions of the work that goes into organising one. All of this coupled with great food, beautiful gardens, spectacular Cornish scenery, and a whole range of charismatic characters.

Thank you to Rachel and the author for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

About the author:

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.

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If you would like to see what other bloggers thought of the book, here is the full tour schedule:

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