The Little Cornish House – Donna Ashcroft

Published By: Bookouture
Pages: 263
Released On: 06/05/2022

Thirty-year-old Ruby’s life is safe and predictable: no dramas, no complications, no men. And that’s just the way she likes it – there’s no way she wants to get her heart broken again. But her whole life is turned upside down when her grandmother calls to say she’s in danger of losing her beloved little Cornish house by the sea. She needs Ruby to come back to Cornwall and save the day.

Returning to Indigo Cove stirs up memories of her family’s past that Ruby would rather forget, but she’s determined to do everything she can to save her grandmother’s home. As the summer hots up so does the pressure on Ruby and she’s in need of a distraction. Although quite literally walking into Gabe Roskilly, the sexy and brooding owner of the local brewery, wasn’t part of her game plan.

Ruby tries to ignore her attraction to Gabe, but her resolve to stay away from men is truly tested to the limit. It’s impossible to avoid the tall, dark, handsome stranger as Gabe seems to be at the centre of village life. And then when Ruby’s plans for the little Cornish house starts to fall apart, Ruby discovers something about Gabe that could ruin the building romance between them.

*****

*Contains minor theme spoilers*

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I mean, who doesn’t love a new Donna Ashcroft book? They’re always reliable for warming you up and making you smile and happy.

I’ve read a lot of books recently that have been set in Cornwall, and it’s really clear to see why we love it so much; it really is beautiful and Donna encapsulates it perfectly.

If I’m honest, I didn’t instantly fall in love with this book as much as the previous ones I’ve read of hers. I didn’t find myself fully immersed in it, but that’s personal opinion rather than a criticism of the book. Whereas I instantly loved the others, this one was more of a slow burner for me.

I felt this had more of a serious quality about than others I’ve read with themes such as missing parents, death and grief, vandalism, gambling and debt, crime and assault. But Donna never lets it get too heavy.

The description of the pottery classes was lovely. I’ve always wanted to give pottery a go, and Donna makes it sound so inviting.

Whilst this may not have been my favourite book by the author (but still enjoyed enormously), it still had that warming, loving, positive atmosphere that I’ve come to expect from her books, and I will continue to read everything she writes, as you just can’t feel sad after being part of her world.

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