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Eve used to be married, but a traumatic experience ended her relationship. She now lives alone and her only focus is work. She's a head teacher and she puts in as many hours as she can. However, coping with the pressure she's constantly being under isn't good for her mind and body and Eve needs to rest. That's why she decides to visit the place of many happy childhood memories, her aunt Mary's cottage in Conwenna Cove. Hopefully Eve's loving aunt can lift her spirits and make her feel whole again.
Mary has a tenant, Jack, who lives in the cottage next door. Eve isn't looking for romance and the same goes for Jack, but there's something between them from the moment they meet. They've both been hurt in the past and are afraid to give someone their heart. Jack works with dogs and soon Eve falls in love with one of the dogs he's taking care of. Mary's positive attitude, spending time with Jack, the dogs and the beautiful scenery of Conwenna Cove have a healing effect on Eve. She isn't there to stay though, will Eve be able to recharge her batteries enough to go back to work?
Summer at Conwenna Cove is a wonderful romantic story. Eve is incredibly sweet, but she's a perfectionist and doesn't know when to stop. She has to discover that there's more to life than work. Jack and Mary show her what it's like to live and I enjoyed watching her recover. Eve has her ups and downs, but slowly she finds happiness again. I kept hoping she'd follow her heart instead of striving to be great at a job that makes her feel empty instead of fulfilled. I loved how Darcie Boleyn approaches this thought-provoking subject, with empathy and a lovely sense of humor.
Jack is a kind guy. He used to be a marine and is now working with dogs at an animal shelter. I really liked the animals in Summer at Conwenna Cove, they're adorable. I could easily picture their personalities and loved them straight away. Jack is patient and caring, which makes him perfect for his job. He has many talents and it was fun to find out more about them. There's an instant connection between him and Eve, which is something I liked very much as well. I couldn't wait to discover if they'd find their happily ever after.
Conwenna Cove is a beautiful calm setting. The people are kind and the surroundings are gorgeous. The inhabitants are feeling well due to the soothing effect of the place and the absence of stress is a joy to read about. I immediately fell in love with this special town and enjoyed Darcie Boleyn's vivid descriptions of the sea, the rocks, the countryside and the docks. I absolutely loved the warm and welcoming feeling it gave me. It's the ideal setting to find true love and it's a strong foundation for a story. Summer at Conwenna Cove is a fantastic dreamy and charming book.
If you love romantic stories set in gorgeous seaside towns you will definitely like Summer at Conwenna Cove.
About Darcie Boleyn
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.
The Inspiration Behind Summer at Conwenna Cove
By Darcie Boleyn
By Darcie Boleyn
There were a few reasons why I wrote this novel.
Firstly, I adore Cornwall and wanted to set a story there. It’s an absolutely fabulous location with a dramatic coastline, stunning beaches, pretty fishing harbours, spectacular scenery and a rich and intriguing history. As a teenager, I enjoyed some amazing family holidays in Porthleven; they were magical times and I treasure the memories.
Secondly, as an author, teacher, wife and mother, I’m well aware of how stressful and hectic life can be when we’re trying to juggle it all. Taking time out to be with loved ones is so important. Holidays can be restorative and allow your body and mind to recuperate from the ups and downs of everyday life. Cornwall is the perfect place to do this and that’s why being in Conwenna Cove has this effect upon my characters. I wanted to write about a place where my characters could go to rest, to heal and to fall in love.
Thirdly, I wanted to write a story featuring greyhounds. As a greyhound mum, I care a great deal about these beautiful, gentle creatures. I adopted my girl, Freya, from Greyhound Rescue Wales, and the rescue sanctuary in the novel is based on the sanctuary in Wales, where Freya came from. The employees and volunteers of GRW work tirelessly to care for the hounds and they deserve recognition for the wonderful work they do. In the story, Eve’s healing process goes hand in hand with that of Gabe, the greyhound, and I wanted to show how they rescue each other. With help from Jack, of course!
One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will be sent a signed Summer at Conwenna Cove postcard with a lovely personal message from Darcie Boleyn.