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Review by Suze
Demi is working as a waitress in a café in Cornwall. She thinks she's finally found a nice place to stay, but when something at work goes terribly wrong she's homeless again. Fortunately after sleeping rough for a few nights she receives a job offer. She will help Cal to revive his family's holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Demi can move into one of the staff cottages and in return she will do whatever needs to be done to rebuild the business. Demi and her dog Mitch are happy, but even though she feels comfortable at Kilhallon Park Cal is a dangerous distraction. Has Demi really found a new home or will she end up broken hearted?
Summer at the Cornish Café is a great story with a wonderful setting. I immediately loved Kilhallon Park. Phillipa Ashley's vivid writing makes it come to life really well. It's beautiful and remote and perfect for a peaceful holiday. The atmosphere is absolutely wonderful and it was a joy to read about the park. It's a superb location for a story. I especially liked Demi's walks with Mitch. He's a special animal with a cheerful personality. He often goes wherever he likes and that results in many fabulous landscape descriptions.
Demi is a sweetheart. She's strong, she's determined and very talented. She has the most amazing ideas and she's easy to like. Cal is moody and troubled. He's obviously traumatized and he isn't easy to read. He's also handsome and he has a good heart. Demi and Cal have both lost a lot and are coping with it in different ways. They are good together and they have fun at work, but the question is if there will ever be more. It kept me curious until the end of the story. The ending is surprising and I felt a little sad after reading it, because I didn't want the story to be finished. I'm glad I will have the chance to read more about these fascinating main characters. There is going to be a next book and I'm definitely going to read that, I can't wait to find out what will happen to them.
Phillipa Ashley's writing is heartwarming and it flows easily. Summer at the Cornish Café is a story with plenty of interesting aspects, there are many discoveries to be made and secrets to be revealed. I fell in love with the story straight away. It's a friendly book with a stunning setting, beautiful people and plenty of interesting twists and turns.