Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my place on this one-day blog blitz for the latest instalment in Maisie Clark’s story from A Little Hotel in Cornwall series!
Starry autumn nights are bringing a rare celestial event and exciting new guests to the shores of the sleepy hotel Penmarrow.
Maisie is happy to be back among its staff, even with the question of its future ownership still in the air and the fate of her unpublished manuscript soon to be in the hands of London acquisitions editors. More than anything else, she’s happy to finally be in a relationship with Sidney Daniels, the sparks between them no longer denied. She’s excited for the future and things couldn’t be better with regards to romance … except for those lingering little questions about Sidney’s uncertain past, that is.
Meanwhile, the staff at the Penmarrow is tasked with hosting a special celestial conference where stargazers are gathering for a glimpse of the much-anticipated comet. The ever-timid maid Molly is flustered by the return of charming astronomer George and seems to need a little advice on how to rekindle the spark they shared last autumn. Hotel porters Gomez and Riley vie for the attentions of a mysterious female guest, the eccentric ‘Megs’ Buntly pays another visit, and a dramatic revelation about someone on staff will leave Maisie and everyone else reeling from the unexpected news. Is this the moment for the revelation Maisie has been waiting for since her Cornish journey began?
Brimming with humor, romance, and the kind of surprises its fans have come to expect, the seventh book in the series brings a twist at the end that’s sure to leave readers excited — and anxious — for the conclusion of Maisie’s original gorgeous Cornish adventure.
If you are reading this review, chances are you are a fan of Laura Briggs and have been following the adventures of Maisie Clark, a charming American writer who found love and inspiration for her books in a little Cornish village. If this is the first time you hear about this series, it is probably better to start from the beginning and immerse yourself in the adventures of this undoubtfully eccentric, kind-hearted girl who believes in love, friendship, loyalty, and honest work.
In the previous instalment Maisie finally sent off the manuscript of her first novel. Now as she is waiting for the first reactions, she is focussing on her second book- the story of Tam Lin. I loved her discussions on the writing process, creating believable protagonists with powerful motivations in order to draw the readers in and more:
“…the point of art, the point of storytelling, is the same as the point of life – to touch somebody.”
Maisie knows she might never write the next Great American Novel, but writing is something she can’t live without, it is her way of seeing the world. Isn’t it something we all dream of? finding a job, a career, an all encompassing passion in life that becomes an essential part of us.
Laura Briggs definitely writes about something she knows inside out – her own art and craft, the way a story takes hold in the writer’s imagination, the choices a novellist has to make, dealing with doubts (Is it finished or should I hold to it for a bit longer?) and rejections from publishers (oh, yes, they do sting), but Maisie decides to write a fantasy book and she is more than capable of defending it:
“Fantasy requires stretching the imagination backwards and forwards.’
Maisie’s relationship with Sydney is also developping. It isn’t easy to keep up to the level of truthfulness and openness they chose to have. Maisie might not have much romantic experience or even clear ideas what she would like her relationship to be like, but she knows in Sydney she found a rare thing -somebody who understands her and likes her for who she is.
The Penmarrow Hotel is as busy as ever with an astronomers’ conference and other peculiar guests. The staff are waiting for the fate of the hotel to be decided as the owner has put it for sale. Other secrets are revealed and you get a feeling that we are getting closer and closer to the end of the story. I have my theories about who the elusive Allistaire Davies is and what Sydney’s mysterious past might hold, but Laura Briggs is more than capable of shocking her fans with an unexpected twist or a surprising ending, so we’ll just have to wait and see.The last book is coming out very soon, in October.
Thank you to Rachel and the author for the gifted review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
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.
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