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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules by Kitty Wilson - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Rosy loves living in Penmenna. She’s the headmistress of the village school and has built a great life for herself. She’s still single and isn’t looking for love after having her heart broken in the past, so when a handsome man moves into the cottage next door Rosy is determined not to fall for him. Matt is a successful gardener, working on a television show. When he sees Rosy for the first time, he knows she’s special, will he be able to win her heart?

Rosy’s job is on the line. There are plans to close her beloved school. Even though it performs outstandingly, higher powers want several schools to merger. Nobody in Penmenna wants to lose this important, welcoming part of their community. Rosy needs all the help she can get and Matt offers his assistance. Will she be able to resist his charms once they’re spending a lot of time together?

The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules is a wonderful heartwarming story. Rosy is kind, smart, capable and organized. However, she lets her past influence her present and doesn’t easily let people in. Matt likes her a lot and doesn’t give up, I loved his persistence and genuine and friendly personality. He’s handsome and sweet, which is a fabulous combination. It was fun to read about their adventures and I couldn’t wait to find out if these two adorable neighbors would have a chance at true love. I read their story in one sitting and enjoyed every single page.

Kitty Wilson has a terrific sense of humor. She combines sizzling chemistry with hilarious situations and this works very well. Her story oozes charm and I was entertained from beginning to end. I loved her warm descriptive writing style and could easily picture every single scene. I enjoyed the large number of surprising twists and turns, the gorgeous atmosphere and the great fast pace of the story. The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules is a delightful feelgood story that made my heart melt and put a big smile on my face.

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If you love heartwarming stories set in small towns with plenty of humor and romance, you don't want to miss The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules.

About Kitty Wilson


Kitty Wilson has lived in Cornwall for the last twenty-five years having been dragged there, against her will, as a stroppy teen. She is now remarkably grateful to her parents for their foresight and wisdom – and that her own children aren’t as hideous. She spends most of her time welded to the keyboard or hiding out at the beach and has a penchant for very loud music, equally loud dresses and romantic heroines who speak their mind.

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Shape the book you want to write
Guest post by Kitty Wilson

Thank you for inviting me on, I’ve always been a big fan of the blog so it’s lovely to be here.

I thought I’d share with you the four things that really helped me shape the sort of book I wanted to write. I knew it would be a romantic comedy but from there I had to sit and have a think. Luckily, I didn’t have to go far to find inspiration.

The first, and perhaps most obvious, inspiration is Cornwall. I have lived here for twenty-five years after being dragged here by my parents. Initially I fled back out again, furious that they had moved me (at sixteen years old) from a city to a village with only a church, a pub and a village shop; and that was the front room of someone’s house and opened on Wednesdays. However, I came back a year or two later and fell in love.

And how could I not? There is a magic in the air here that infuses the whole county. The pace of life is so much slower, everyone is relaxed and no-one is rushing anywhere unless it’s to catch the tide or ride a wave. It is a county crammed full of mysticism, romance and intrigue which is why it has leant itself so beautifully to epic stories of love, and danger, like Poldark and Penmarric, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman’s Creek.

It has golden beaches that stretch for miles, hidden coves, rambling moors and tangled woodlands. And I get to see it all, every single day. Cornwall is so beautiful; every glance and turn lifts your heart and makes you think of things that might have been or could be. Not only is a setting, it’s a therapy. With every writerly niggle I take myself to the beach and sit back and breathe as it resolves itself. Magical air.

Following on from that is my local village. Penmenna is very much a figment of my imagination and not the village near me. However, living next to a village has taught me how community life down here is supportive, inclusive and life-affirming. Villages are a microcosm of human life and you will find all the problems and all the joys here that you will up and down the country; it doesn’t matter how pretty the setting, human emotion and responses are the same the world over.

Villages across Cornwall were the physical inspiration for Penmenna but my own experiences of village life helped me shape the community in the book. It helps that they are usually full of the outrageous - there’s nothing as eye-opening as a village fete, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all jam and a tombola. I’d tell you more, but they’d kill me!

I am a parent, (my children are largely feral - so I should be careful claiming that) and have been both teaching assistant and Infant school teacher. My professional life and personal life mean that I have been both sides of the school door, experienced the politics of the playground (fierce) as well as the inner workings of the staff room (much friendlier). Schools are fascinating places once you scratch the surface a little. Teachers come in all shapes and sizes and all have a strong desire to encourage a love of learning, just usually with very different styles. I know lots of Harmony’s and Amanda’s.

What used to drive me mad as a teacher, and even madder as a parent - competitive mothers thrusting their child’s high-level book band in everyone else’s face, discussing how so and so had such and such in their lunchbox, and did you hear about x’s husband - did give me a beautiful starting point for the woman who became my favourite character.

Schools are often the hub of community life and have a history within a village that stretches back generations, so as well as the personalities in a school I wanted Penmenna to reflect that side of the community, often a tether for parents, children and teachers alike.

Finally, everything I have ever read ever. I didn’t think as I was growing up that reading was anything more than pure escapist heaven. Little did I know that when I was an adult I would become an unintentional cuckoo and that every characterisation, every plot point would be still sitting in my head, deeply buried, and help me to write. When reading we identify what we love in a book, what we hate, how this twist works and that one doesn’t and then it feeds into our writing without us consciously aware of it. Other writers often give us permission to be bolder than we are comfortable with and light the way, their books relax and inspire and I love them all.

Giveaway

Three very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules by Kitty Wilson.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

14 comments:

  1. The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules sounds like a funny and engaging feel-good read set in an idyllic little village.

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    1. Thank you! I hope so, I really enjoyed writing it.

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  2. It sounds so romantic! I love it :)

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    1. Everyone needs a little romance now and then :-)

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  3. Love romantic stories with a strong female character, this looks just up my alley!!

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    1. The world is full of strong women, I love making sure my heroine is not the type to simper. If you do read it, I really hope you enjoy it.

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  4. I've aways wanted to know how writers come up with the ideas for their books, so I loved reading this guest post. The book seems like a romantic comedy and I can't wait to read the descriptions of Cornwall, it's one of my favourite settings for a novel!

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    1. Aw, thank you., that's really nice to read. It is a romantic comedy, it's so nice being able to giggle as you work, and this series does make me giggle a lot.

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  5. Cornwall is an amazing setting! Thank you for sharing these things. It was a really interesting guest post!

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    1. It is! Cornwall is such a beautiful place. Also, a big thank you for your comment about the post. Writing fiction is easy because you get to make it all up, writing about yourself and your writing is far scarier so your comment is much appreciated.

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  6. I've been to Cornwall a few times and love it there, originally coming from the busy north of England it's a lovely peaceful setting with such picturesque villages, houses and pubs. I hope that your tips will encourage others to sit down and pursue their ambition to become an author. Thank you for your guest post and the memories evoked.

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    1. I'm so glad it bought back memories, it really is a magical place and completely recharges the batteries. I hope people do sit down and pursue their ambitions, I think it's so important to chase your dreams even when life seems to conspire against you. Our dreams really shape the people we are. A lovely comment, thank you.

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  7. wonderful country cover picture.
    jan

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I have been really lucky with this cover. I love it, it’s so reminiscent of Cornwall in the springtime when the hedgerows are bursting with flowers. I’ve had a sneak peek of the next one as well, and love that too, I shall be able to share it soon. I hope you like that one too �� ����

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