Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.
Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.
Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love again?
Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday read about being brave enough to take a chance on love
This book is all about Eve, a high flying head teacher in Bristol who suddenly suffers from a severe anxiety attack brought on by the stress of the job. In order to try and give herself some time away from work to recover, she heads down to Cornwall to visit her aunt. She used to visit her aunt a lot as a child, but, as life got in the way her visits became much less frequent.
Jack, a former marine, has become a tenant of Eve’s aunt and has been making his recovery from the after effects of his time in the marines. He is initially hesitant and wary of Eve when she first comes to visit, but, as time passes his opinion begins to change…
The premise of this book is beautiful, both of the main characters have been through a huge amount in their lives and are both struggling to cope. Anxiety attacks are portrayed in this book in a very sensitive way, there is no ‘pull yourself together’ in this one, but advice of taking time to recover. Both characters have been re – evaluating their lives and Eve’s struggles with a miscarriage prior to the book starting are incredibly hard to read, but this is an important subject to tackle in a contemporary book.
I must warn potential readers that this is not just a simple romantic comedy, there are some serious subjects tackled in here including anxiety, PTSD, animal abuse, miscarriage. However, this book is not sad, at the heart of it is a story about taking stock of what is important in your life and realising that after tremendous heart break, there can still be love out there for you. There is so much more depth to this book than just a simple romance, yet it is still an easy book to read. I highly recommend this to romance and contemporary fans who are looking for a book with a bit more depth and a bit more story to get your teeth into.
Sadly, a star has been lost for me as it did take a while for me to read this book and I did find myself skimming the book at points as my attention began to drift a little. However, I do think this might have been as I was reading this at quite a busy time, meaning I couldn’t dedicate proper chunks of time to the book. If you have a holiday booked, or a nice period of time where you can settle down and give this book the time it deserves then romance and contemporary fans, this is a book for you.
I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author:
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.