Monday, 16 November 2015
Pippas Cornish Dream by Debbie Johnson
Published by Harper Impulse
Purchase from Amazon here
‘The perfect summer story – a funny and moving read set in glorious modern-day Poldark country.’ – Bestselling author Jane Costello
Every summer has a story…
Since Pippa Harte was forced to take over her parents’ farm, she’s barely had time to shave her legs let alone make time for a date. Now she’s more likely to be getting down and dirty mucking out the pigs – and avoiding those of the human male variety.
When Ben Retallick walks out of her childhood and back into her present it seems that perhaps Pippa has more time than she thought. All Poldark smoulders and easy-going charm, Ben’s definitely worth whipping her wellies off for!
But Ben is a man with his own past and his own issues – and as much as she’s enjoying having him around, she’s got to get a grip. After all life isn’t always a beach … Then again, this is Cornwall.
Set on the gorgeous Cornish coast at the height of summer, this is the perfect romance to take on your hols!
Debbie is the author of Cold Feet at Christmas, the #1 Christmas bestseller!
I found Pippas Cornish Dream very easy to pick up and read, and hard to put down until I had finished it. The story flows right from the start and it was easy to get immersed and lose track of time.
I love Pippa, the main character that the book is set around. She is a quiet unassuming girl, who works hard and is full of love and devotion to her family. After losing her parents she is young and left alone to not only run the farm, but raise her younger siblings which is no easy task for anyone! Yet she manages this brilliantly. I felt instantly sorry for her given all the responsibility she has taken on without a moan or groan. I also felt sorry for her that she had no time to herself to be young, carefree and foolish. But it's quickly apparent that her love for her family means she wouldn't have it any other way.
We also meet Ben who turns up at the farm to rent a room after some hard times of his own, and some time in prison. Pippa and Ben knew eachother when they were children and Ben stayed at the farm one summer. There is an instant attraction between them both and they seem to be good for eachother. Non judgemental and out to introduce some fun into eachothers lives. They are perfect for eachother, but will either of them give in to their feelings?
Pippas Cornish Dream has lots of fun, flirtation and feeling abound. I found myself drawn into their world, laughing and enjoying being a voyeur as they get acquainted. Both Ben and Pippa are brilliantly written characters and I found it very easy to warm to them both. I was willing them on to get over their issues and have a happy ever after ending.
The book is skillfully written. It has a good mix of laughs a well as emotion that made me fly through page after page. Characters and scenes are well developed which helped me to get a visual in my mind of all the family and the settings. The book is quite short at just over 200 pages so the scenes and events move quickly and kept me involved. I very much enjoyed the background and would love to visit Cornwall after reading the book.
I loved this book and would highly recommend this as a read to get lost in.
Thanks to HarperImpulse for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.