Thursday 10 November 2022

The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop by Cressida McLaughlin.


Ollie Spencer has started a new life in the idyllic Cornish seaside town of Port Karadow. Throwing herself into her job at the town’s bookshop, A New Chapter, is one way to make friends. The shop is glitzing up for first Christmas and Ollie hopes her inspired ideas will give the shop the edge it needs to dazzle the town.

But far from being the Sugar Plum fairy the place needs, Ollie is fast becoming its Christmas pudding. With the bookshop’s success at stake, Ollie turns to twinkly-eyed café owner Max for help. Can he help Ollie to turn the page, and put the sparkle back into her Cornish dream?

Cressida McLaughlin is back again with every bookworms favourite ingredients in a festive novel, sparkling festivity, books new beginnings are a simmering romance all set in a Cornish bookshop!

We have a new character in Port Karadow ready to start a new chapter in her life and Ollie is going to fit right in because she has a strong passion for books and a bucket load of enthusiasm which she is determined to use to help Thea with the new bookshop at The Old Post House. As much as Ollie is wanting to prove herself hurdles keep appearing but can the help of the handsome Max keep her spirits up and help her to put down roots in Port Karadow.

I loved meeting Ollie especially because she was a character who I could relate to, and I could easily see as a friend. Life isn't perfect for her and she hasn't had it easy but her determination shines through, and she keeps battling on without feeling sorry for herself.

We are reunited with past characters from previous Cornish Cream Tea series with Thea who we met in the last book featuring heavy which I am thrilled about as I felt like her story still had more to give so it was exciting to see what she had already done with the renovations, and I was looking forward to Ollie being able to help Thea's dreams flourish.

There is a meaningful romance that blossoms and I was routing for Max and Ollie the whole way through as they both have pure hearts of gold and have both had a big health related knock that have changed the path of their lives. 

There is a touch of festivities and traditions as well as legends and mysteries that are sprinkled through the storyline. My favourite parts of the book though was watching Ollies mind pouring out with various ideas for book themed events that help the bookshop, authors and also the community to come together.

This was another praiseworthy novel that was the perfect winter warmer to curl up with this Christmas, Cressida McLaughlin has touched us once again with her beautiful writing and idyllic setting with characters who feel like firm friends.

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