Rae reads... Summer at the Cornish Cafe (The Penwith Trilogy - 1) by Phillipa Ashley
About the book:
Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.
That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.
Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi’s own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .
I really enjoyed that the story was told from the point of view of both Demi and Cal. It's always interesting to find out how the different characters are feeling. Demi is a strong, determined and likeable character who I instantly liked. Cal is slightly brooding and has a past that he doesn't want to talk about. However he is well written and makes a great love interest.
The story flows really well and kept my interest throughout. Phillipa Ashley has written a lovely descriptive story. I really felt as if I was right there in Cornwall at times. I ended up reading this book pretty quickly as the story is easy to follow. I just enjoyed losing myself in Kilhallon, I could definitely see myself staying there!
This is the first book that I have read by Phillipa Ashley and it certainly won't be the last. I can't wait to read the next book in The Penwith Trilogy and find out what will happen next.
Summer at the Cornish Cafe has a beautiful setting, lovely characters and a charming story!
If you are a fan of Poldark you will especially enjoy it!
Four and a half stars from me!
Thank you to Avon Maze & Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.