I am absolutely thrilled to be on the blog tour for Darcie Boelyn’s new novel, Summer at Conwenna Cove – I adored this book, it’s absolutely perfect for summer!
Published: 15th May 2017 (Canelo)
Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.
Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.
Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love again?
Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday read about being brave enough to take a chance on love.
Top 5 things about Jack
- Strong – physically and emotionally. He’s been through a lot but he has emerged stronger and more determined than ever.
- Talented – he needed a creative outlet and discovered he had a talent for painting.
- Compassionate – he has a lot of compassion for humans and animals.
- Intelligent – he’s bright and also loves to read!
- Loving – beneath the tough ex-marine exterior, is a big heart with a lot of love to give.
Summer at Conwenna Cove is a fabulous summer read about de-stressing, letting go and being open for love. It is told from two perspectives which is great for the reader as we get an insight into the thoughts and feelings of the 2 main characters, Eve and Jack. I love Boleyn’s friendly writing style which draws you in from the start with her well developed characters who come to life from the page and feel like friends.
Eve is a 30-something head teacher at a school in Bristol who is extremely stressed out and over worked. Following a particularly distressing panic attack brought on by anxiety and stress, Eve realises enough is enough and she needs to take some time out. Eve has an aunt who lives in Cornwall where she used to spend a lot of time when she was younger and has fond memories of Conwenna Cove so cannot think of a better place to go. Aunt Mary welcomes her with open arms and gets to work on making sure she relaxes and recuperates. Mary’s lodger, Jack, is fighting his own demons from his time in Afghanistan as a marine – the last thing on both of Eve’s and Jack’s mind was love – but things don’t always go to plan!
I loved both Eve and Jack! Eve had everything, and lost everything, so understandably is extremely jaded and closed down emotionally. Jack has seen some terrible sights and still lives with his battle scars – he has also lost the future that he thought he would have upon his return from Afghanistan. As such, he has become a bit of a nomad but seems quite settled in Conwenna Cove with Mary, Jack is so loveable – well what’s not to love; a sensitive and artistic ex-marine who helps out at a dog sanctuary….seriously?! From the outset, it is obvious that Eve and Jack are absolutely perfect for each other.
Greyhounds feature heavily in this book (reflective of Boleyn’s love of the dogs) and certainly compliment the main plot of the book. When Eve helps out at the sanctuary, she meets the beautiful black greyhound, Gabe who, like Eve and Jack, treats life with trepidation. The relationship that builds between Eve and Gabe is so heartwarming.
Summer at Conwenna Cove should be at the top of everyone’s holiday reads, it is pure escapism as Conwenna Cove sounds absolutely idyllic! This is a beautiful, heartwarming story about finding a balance and falling in love (and don’t forget the greyhounds!).
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.