Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Release Day Spotlight and Guest Post: The Cornish Secret of Summer's Promise by Laura Briggs

The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise by Laura Briggs

If You Like These, You Might Also Like My Newest Cornish Romance Series!

Thanks so much again to Ellesea for this opportunity to share with her readers about the newest release in my series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’. Filled with secrets, romance, and an unexpected crossroads for the heroine Maisie, it promises to be the most exciting installment so far. For those who haven’t joined the series yet, I thought it might be helpful to do a post on some of the things that fans of Maisie’s adventures in Cornwall also tend to enjoy. So here goes!

Fiction with escapist locations:

And Cornwall is probably a top pick for many people, given the rugged, untamed, and generally breathtaking nature of its landscape. And even though Maisie’s fictional Cornish village of Port Hewer is a rather humble attempt to capture this beauty (given it comes from the pen of an American author) which misses the mark sometimes, I’m honored to see reviews from readers who feel it reflects the spirit of holidays in the real-life county, whether it’s from someone who lives there or someone who’s still a visitor with happy memories of its shores. So if you’re among those who enjoy feel-good books with a travel or holiday type angle and idyllic locations, then perhaps ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ would be at home on your e-Reader shelf.

The works of Lucy Maud Montgomery:

With their idyllic village settings, plucky heroines, and spirit of adventure, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s stories were a major influence when creating Maisie’s life abroad in Cornwall. Even the concept of an impulsive young woman with a love for literature and writing can be traced back to her books, from Anne of Green Gables to Emily of New Moon. And the setting of a grand hotel where exciting things happen was partly inspired by the White Sands in the television show Road to Avonlea, which was loosely adapted from the works of Montgomery.

British Period Drama:

Because even with its contemporary setting, the world of ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ is meant to evoke the richness and color of a period piece, partly due to its setting at a historic hotel with 1920’s style glitz and glam. In addition to the fictional White Sands, the inspiration for the hotel’s grand atmosphere came from manor houses like those featured on Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs (and even had some real life inspiration from the breathtaking Headland Hotel in Newquay). The guests who stay at the hotel where Maisie works are often of the posh but eccentric variety, such as the elderly earl and his scheming family members in book two of the series, a cast of characters that might have felt equally at home in a classic Agatha Christie novel. And the quaint village of Port Hewer lends a different sense of the old-fashioned to the story, along with the cosy little vicarage where groundskeeper Sidney Daniels can always be found hard at work on some new task. Sidney, incidentally, was heavily inspired by the role played by James Norton in the period-set ITV mystery drama Grantchester.

So if you happen to enjoy any or all of the above, I do hope you’ll consider adding the books in ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ to your TBR pile. The first four installments are currently available, with the fifth book already on pre-order!

As spring slips away from the hotel Penmarrow, excitement builds for an exclusive auction hosted at the hotel, featuring priceless possessions from a Hollywood actress turned lady of the manor, including her famous diamonds. Celebrities and collectors form a crowd that is keeping Maisie and the rest of staff busy, even as Maisie faces a crossroads for her manuscript.

But when the diamonds are stolen and Sidney is accused by the authorities, Maisie's dilemma as a writer is pushed aside out of fear that his future in Port Hewer is in jeopardy. Desperation to prove that someone else is behind the theft will lead Maisie to uncover a very different secret outside of jewel thieves and village rumors ... one that could change her life and her future forever.

Can Maisie deal with the latest secrets exposed — including those that paint Sidney's past in a questionable light? And as summer's dawn alters her idyllic life in Cornwall, will Maisie's feelings for Sidney change as well?

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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