We’re happy to welcome Fern to our blog today with her blog tour for her new novel, A Seaside Affair.
When the residents of the Cornish seaside town of Trevay discover that their much-loved theatre is about to be taken over by coffee chain, Café au Lait, they are up in arms. It is up to Penny Leighton, hotshot producer and now happily married Cornish resident, to come up with a rescue plan. Armed with only her mobile phone and her contacts book, she starts to pull in some serious favours.
The town is soon deluged by actors, all keen to show their support and take part in a charity season at the theatre. One of the arrivals is Jess Tate, girlfriend to TV heartthrob Ryan Hearst. His career is on the rise while hers remains resolutely in the doldrums. But when opportunity comes calling, it isn’t just her career prospects that are about to change. Trevay is about to put on the show of its life – but can the villagers, and Jess, hold on to the thing they love the most?
This book was my introduction to Fern Britton’s novels and so I didn’t know what to expect. I did also read that there were recurring characters from her previous books but as I discovered, you don’t need to have read the previous novels to keep up with this one. All the old characters are reintroduced in a concise way without holding the plot up.
The book jumps between a few characters and most of the first half of the novel is spent developing them but I found all of them so different and interesting. I had my favourites (I have a soft spot for Ollie,) and I didn’t like characters like Ryan ( I actually wanted to slap him.)
The story is maybe a little predictable but this novel has such a warmth and charm, I couldn’t put it down. I became attached to the characters and really wanted to know what happened at the end and I liked seeing how all the characters developed. The description of the town and setting painted such a lovely picture that I want to go visit it.
This is perfect for a summer read if you’re planning a holiday or just afternoons reading in the garden. I loved it.
A Seaside Affair is published by HarperCollins and is available in hardback and e-book.
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