Monday, 26 September 2016

Rae reads... Christmas at the Cornish Cafe (The Penwith Trilogy - 2) by Phillipa Ashley

About the book:

The festive, feel-good follow-up to Summer at the Cornish Cafe.

Christmas will be slightly less turbulent than summer, won’t it? Demi certainly hopes so.
She and Cal are keeping their fledgling relationship under wraps for now. But then Kit Bannen, a hunky, blond – and somewhat mysterious – writer arrives at Kilhallon Resort, and not everyone is charmed. Cal is sure that Kit is hiding something. But is he the only one guarding a secret?

Demi is busy baking festive treats for the newly opened Demelza’s cafe, but when Cal’s ex Isla arrives to shoot scenes for her new drama, Demi can’t help but worry that things aren’t quite over between them. Kit flirts with both women, fuelling Cal’s suspicions that Kit has hidden motives for staying on at Kilhallon. Then Cal has to go to London, leaving Demi and Kit to decorate the cafe for Christmas . . . all by themselves.

A storm is brewing in more ways than one. As surprises unfold and truths are uncovered, can Demi and Cal finally open up to each other about their feelings?

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My thoughts:

Since reading Summer at the Cornish Cafe I was eager to read the next in the series. So I was very happy to receive a proof copy through the post.

So what did I think...

I love that the characters are complex and interesting. Demi is a likeable and resilient character and Cal is perfect as the brooding love interest. I liked the fact that this book explores the past trauma that Cal experienced. It really gives both his character and the story extra depth. Every character adds a little something to this story and I especially liked the addition of Kit it made things all the more interesting.

I was looking forward to returning to Kilhallon and to revisit the people who live there. Kilhallon is described beautifully, Phillipa Ashley has brought to life a gorgeous place and well written characters. The down to earth writing style will appeal to most people and it really is an easy going and heart warming story.

The descriptions of food at the cafe had me pretty much permanently hungry. I especially liked the sound of the mince pie cookies. Which goes to prove how delicious they sound as I'm not the biggest fan of mince pies. I wish I could visit Demelza's for real!


This story has a beautiful setting and some pretty great characters. My attention was caught from the first couple of chapters and it was like meeting up with old friends. I couldn't stop reading but at the same time I didn't want the book to end!

Christmas at the Cornish Cafe is a truly delightful festive treat!

Five stars from me!

Thank you to Avon for my copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.


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  1. Thank you for the review, Rae. :)

    1. My pleasure, can't wait for the next book in the series! :-)