Family is everything…
In the years since her death, Gemma has been running her late mother’s café with devotion, and when an opportunity comes to buy out her next-door neighbour and expand, she jumps at the chance.
She knows she will do her mother proud – keep her legacy going strong – but deep down she knows there’s still something missing. With her mum in her mind more than ever, and the knowledge that she may never start a family of her own, she can’t stop thinking about what life has in store for her.
But sometimes family are those you choose, or those who choose you! And with a growing community of supporters cheering Gemma on – including some new faces at her blossoming bistro – and maybe one in particular, will she really spend the rest of her life alone?
Gemma is running her late mother’s café in Driftwood Bay and when she has a chance to buy the property next door and expand, she doesn’t waste any time.
However, her love life isn’t as successful. Can Gemma find romance and find that thing she feels is missing?
I adored the first novel in this series, Hopeful Hearts at the Cornish Cove and so was pleased to be invited onto the blog tour to its follow-up, Finding Family at the Cornish Cove. It was so lovely to be back in Driftwood Bay and amongst the familiar faces of its residents.
I would recommend the first novel as it’s excellent but I feel you don’t have to read that one to keep up with Finding Family at the Cornish Cove if that’s where you wanted to begin. Enough information and context is given.
I loved Gemma from the previous novel and I’m pleased she got her own book. She’s a warm, strong character. I felt a LOT of empathy with her especially when it came to themes of fertility and grief over losing a parent. This made some of the book a little hard to read for me but Kim Nash deals with these subjects with lots of care and sensitivity.
How she dealt with the events during the novel, especially when it came to an employee was good to see.
Lucy and James were also brilliant and I would like to see what is next for them. It was also great to see Meredith and the gorgeous Clem again too.
Newcomers Jude and Occy were good additions also. All the characters feel real and well developed.
The plot moved along well and I read it in one sitting. I had a book hangover at the end though. I have fallen in love with the place and its inhabitants and, even though I read it fast, I didn’t want it to end.
There were some sad yet poignant scenes also. Kim Nash has a skill of making you really care for the people and therefore they become real – people you care about and want to protect.
This novel is pure escapism. It”s a chance to visit Cornwall when you can’t be there in person. There is warmth and humour. It tells us that family comes in all forms, that strong friendships matter and taking that risk or step into the next part of your life is worth it with the right people by your side.
I loved it.
Thanks to Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for the advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Kim Nash –
She works as both Digital Publicity Director for publisher Bookouture and a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
She lives in Staffordshire with her son Ollie and English Setter rescue dog Roni. When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog and reading, as well as running a book club in Staffordshire and organising local and national reader/author events.
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