Friday, 6 October 2017

Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: The Driftwood Inn by Phillipa Ashley @PhillipaAshley #Review @AvonBooksUK

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley. Today I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Christmas has arrived on the Cornish Isles of Scilly, bringing mistletoe, surprises and more than a sprinkle of romance . . . Fans of Poldark and Carole Matthews will love this brand-new festive read from the author of the bestselling Cornish Café series.
For Maisie Samson, this Christmas is going to be different. After years working in a busy Cornish pub, she’s moved back to quiet Gull Island where she grew up, to help her parents run the family inn.
But even though she can’t wait for the festive season to arrive, Maisie cannot shake the memories of what happened to her last Christmas – the day she lost everything. She keeps herself busy, setting up the tree and hanging mistletoe ready for her first proper family Christmas in years.
Until a new arrival to the island walks into her bar and changes everything. Australian backpacker Patrick is looking for a job for the low season. When Maisie takes him on, she doesn’t expect him to last the week, but to her surprise Patrick is the perfect fit. Charming and handsome, could Maisie allow herself to hope that she and Patrick could be more than just colleagues?
As Christmas approaches, Maisie finds herself dreading the spring, when Patrick is due to leave. With the help of a little Christmas magic, can Maisie get the happily ever after she always dreamed of?
Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles is the first in a stunning new series from Phillipa Ashley. The perfect book to snuggle up with this Christmas.
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I have to say first of all that I loved The Cornish Café Series by Phillipa Ashley so as soon as I saw that there would be a new series of books called The Little Cornish Isles I was over the moon.

The setting is gorgeous and Phillipa Ashley really sets the scene perfectly, I wish I could take a trip there too. With some stunning descriptions that made me want to visit even in the depths of winter.

I loved that both Maisie and Patrick were pretty feisty and strong characters especially Maisie. Then add in some wonderful chemistry and you end up with a story that I really didn't want to put down. Both Maisie and Patrick have had difficult pasts so I was definitely hoping that they would find a happy ending. The question is will it be with each other? Maisie is down to earth and has a spirited personality that made me instantly warm to her. I loved that she was trying to keep The Driftwood Inn running aswell as trying to come to terms with her past which also added a bit of vulnerability to her character too. I guess the same can be said of Patrick too and I loved that there was also a mysterious side to his character. I was instantly looking forward to seeing which direction his story would go.

There are a few secrets that will keep the reader guessing and intrigued as to how everything will play out. This definitely made the story all the more engaging for me especially with some of the islands inhabitants and their community spirit making the story come to life even more. I was smiling pretty much all the way through and I can guarantee you will be left with a lovely contented feeling after finishing this story. The plot moves smoothly and pretty quickly too, it really was a delight to get to know the characters. It's a wonderful start to a new series of books by Phillipa Ashley and I can't wait to read the next one.

Heart warming and funny with a delightful romance that will set you up not only for Christmas but the cold winter months ahead!

With thanks to Sabah at Avon Books & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.


  1. Thank you for this fab review and for hosting the blog tour. :)