A collection of would-be couples in Cornwall must overcome
secrets, conflict and uncertainty to find love and their happy endings.
When Josh Strachan meets photographer Sophie Wells, it’s intense interest at first sight. For him. Unfortunately, after a disastrous past romance, Sophie has sworn off men for good. Meanwhile, Sophie’s best friend, Tula, has moved to the idyllic St. Carys, Cornwall, to be closer to Sophie and taken a job at the hotel Josh runs with his grandmother, Dot. Tula develops a huge crush on Josh, while Riley, the neighborhood surfer playboy, gets hung up on Tula. Finally, Dot is being courted by the sophisticated widower of the woman who caused her marriage to disintegrate, much to the chagrin of her ex-husband, Lawrence. Obviously there's a lot going on in this book, and the many-layered characters and storylines weave and interconnect with cleverness and elegance. Mansell is at her best in this book, which highlights her charming voice and engaging storytelling and also spotlights her agility with characters, effortlessly twining lightness, anguish and human foible. Moments of grace brush up against unexpected plot and character twists that lead us to the expected happy endings from unexpected directions. There isn’t much to complain about in this winning tale, since we are completely drawn in to the goings-on in St. Carys, though the reader might feel a little misled by Mansell’s recounting of Sophie’s shattering experience with her ex and his weak explanation years later. However, Josh and Sophie—ostensibly the main characters—are generally eclipsed by the more interesting and charismatic Tula and Riley and their delightfully bumpy journey to love.
A graceful blend of heartbreak, humor and redemptive love.