Anne Bonny #BlogTour Q&A with @CatherineAlliot ~ A Cornish Summer #NewRelease #HolidayFiction #BeachReads #Cornwall

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A Cornish Summer by Catherine Alliott
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Synopsis ~ 

Flora’s been in love with her husband for twenty years. The trouble is, he’s been married to someone else for the past fifteen . . .

Now she’s been invited to spend the summer in the shady lanes and sandy coves of Cornwall. It should be blissful.

There’s just one small snag: she’ll be staying with her former mother-in-law, Belinda.

And Flora discovers she’s not the only one invited when her ex-husband shows up out of the blue, complete with his new wife. So now there are two small snags.

Can Flora spend the summer playing happy families with the woman who stole her husband’s heart, and the mother-in-law who might have had a hand in it?

Or will stumbling on the family secret change her mind about them all?

If you like Fern Britton, Katie Fforde and Sophie Kinsella, you’ll love this heartwarming read.

Q&A ~

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) I started life as an advertising copywriter which I loved. I’d write TV commercials, go on shoots, create press ads, see huge posters I’d done on the tube – all great fun. Then I got married and we were stony broke so I fell on my sword and took a very boring job which doubled my salary. At my new agency where I wrote tedious brochures for hemorrhoid creams, to relieve the boredom, I secretly wrote a novel under the desk. Well, I say secretly; I’d got to about Chapter 5 when my boss called me in and said: “we think you’re doing something else, you’re fired.” I mean, really! The conversation with my husband went like this: Darling – the bad news is I got the sack, but the good news is I’m writing a novel. Quite a lot of eye rolling, but on the whole he was great. Anyway, I finished the book, sent it to an agent – and luckily the rest is history, but I was VERY lucky. Back then there were fewer women writing (way back then, I’m very old) and it was easier to get published.

This novel is set in Cornwall which I adore and find any excuse to write about. I spent my childhood summers there and then all of my children’s summers. They’re grown up now and are out of bucket and spade holidays so I need an excuse to go back! The novel centers around Flora who grew up in Cornwall, but has lived in London for years. She’s an artist, and returns to paint her ex father-in-law – ex, because she and her husband, Hugo are divorced. But is that really why she’s returning to Cornwall, to paint? Or is it to involve herself yet again with Hugo’s family? Her best friend Celia tells her grimly it’s the latter, and decides to accompany her to keep an eye on her. Whilst in the breathtakingly beautiful manor by the sea, we meet the man himself, Hugo, plus a few other men, notably Ted the very attractive conservationist, and Tommy the annoying American who’s Hugo’s best friend. We meet Belinda, too, the ex mother in law, who is very definitely from hell, and Hugo’s current wife, Christina. I say current, because who knows what might happen in the secret coves and shady lanes of sun-drenched, seductive Cornwall?

Q) Who are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My all time favourite authors are JD Salinger – who annoyingly was not prolific – and Anne Tyler who luckily, is.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) My favourite childhood author was Ruby Furguson who wrote a series of books about a girl called Jill and her pony. I badly wanted to be Jill, and I badly wanted a pony. I also loved anything by Noel Streatfield and Enid Blyton, who I feel is much maligned. When I was young they didn’t even stock her in the library – which was where I went every Saturday morning with my father. He got busy in the Kierkegaard section, and I was happy for hours in the children’s.

Q) What are you currently reading?

A) I’m currently reading Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld which is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and great fun. I read American Wife by the same author which I loved and am now working my way through her oeuvre. I do that, I binge read and I’m not happy until I’ve read the lot. I also over-listen to CD’s and end up being unable to listen to them. Same with a box of chocolates. There’s a lesson there somewhere…

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) Gosh, tricky one…I mean every time a new novel comes out it’s a huge moment, but I suppose it would have to be when I got to number one in the Sunday Times charts. I think it was with A Married Man but I’d have to check. Not so memorable, then…!

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement throughout the writing process?

A) Well obviously my husband, who’s been a brick, and never minds if supper is late or non-existent because I’m writing, but the children would say they’ve helped too. My daughter claims I once rang the school office pre mobile phones and got her out of a maths lesson to help with my computer, but she tells as many stories as her mother.

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Catherine Alliott
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Anne Bonny #BlogBlitz #Extract Death On The Coast by @BernieSteadman #CoastalCrime #Crimefiction #Mystery #WestCountry #NewRelease #BeachReads @Bloodhoundbook

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Death On The Coast by Bernie Steadman
Synopsis:

Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?

When images from the burning appear all over social media, Hellier realises that he is dealing with a cult and a mystery that will lead back to the Irish Troubles.

Hellier will battle a bitter man who has plotted revenge for more than twenty years, without a care for the lives he will destroy.

Extract:

Kegan waited outside the rough circle of stones until the moment was right. Faces, made hideous by red and black paint, stared at him through the swirling flames of the fire. He found Tana’s eyes, so black in her white face. It was time. The rock, cold in his hands, scraped at his palms as he lifted it high and smashed it down on the back of the man’s head. The crack of stone on bone was loud enough to make one of them flinch, but they held firm, watching intently as Kegan hauled the unconscious man into his arms, before rising – each taking a limb of the inert body – and throwing it messily into the heart of the fire.

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Anne Bonny #BookReview The Pool House by @tasminaperry 5* @headlinpg #NewRelease #SummerReads Someone lied. Someone died.

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The Pool House by Tasmina Perry
Synopsis:

A Summer To Die For
To Jem Chapman, it’s the chance of a lifetime. An invitation to join a group in an exclusive Hamptons house-share, who could say no? But when she discovers what happened last summer, Jem can’t help but feel a chill.

A young woman was found drowned in the house’s pool. The housemates said Alice was troubled. She’d been drinking. She couldn’t swim…

A Secret To Kill For
As Jem gets to know her glamorous new housemates, she realises each has something to hide. What really happened last summer? And who would go to any lengths to keep a person quiet?

My Review:

This is not my usual type of book at all. It is however, my sister’s favourite genre! We read very different books and she has nagged at me for many years to try something from ‘her’ genre. So, I opened The Pool House thinking ‘this may not be for me’. But I was so wrong, it wasn’t long until I was texting my sister about the plot and absolutely hooked on the drama.

I think this would make the perfect beach read! Possibly not poolside read, due to the plot within! But nevertheless, perfect for the holibobs.

The novel opens with a prologue, a young woman named Alice is crying and alone. We are aware she is at the Hamptons and lives a life of wealth and privilege. A charmed life! But someone not so charming appears and utters the words ‘Hello, Alice. I knew I’d find you here. I think it’s time we had a talk’.

The novel then jumps ahead to the following summer. Young couple Jem and Nat, have recently moved to the US and getting accustomed to life in Brooklyn. Nat works long hours for a men’s health magazine. Leaving Jem lonely and isolated.

When they are invited to join Todd and Angela with two other couples at a beach house in the Hamptons, in the first week of September. Nat jumps at the chance, he is desperate to get ahead at work and appear to be hanging with the ‘in crowd’. Jem is more hesitant and concerned. She misses their life in England and feels that everything has changed since their move to the states.

‘This is going to be the summer of a lifetime’ – Nat

Once Jem has viewed the five-bedroom property in Wainscott, taken in the beautiful location and area. Her mind is firmly put at rest. But it isn’t long until someone mentions the previous couple David and Alice, that Jem becomes more suspicious. Alice drowned at the property the summer before under mysterious circumstances. The group of couples are quick to paint the picture that Alice was a drunk with other personal problems. They make it clear it is a topic best not discussed.

When the other couples return to their jobs. Alice is left behind in the property. She decides to spend the day taking in the sites as she is alone. She meets local author Michael Kearny. They strike up an instant friendship and Jem feels less lonely.

As you read the novel, you really get a sense of the seduction of the surroundings. You can relate to the characters on some level as their appetite for wealth, luxury and status increases. Yet it is not without its problems.
I did find myself peering over the top of the novel and saying to my husband ‘Oh, how the other half live’ lol

Jem’s friendship with Michael develops and he offers her a role as his PA. She is flattered by the job offer, but it isn’t until later she learns why she was picked. Michael wants to write about the drowning of Alice. With Jem acting as sort of mole turned investigator. Reluctantly she agrees, and the investigation begins.
By this point, I was gripped to the pages.

The novel then jumps back in time again to when Alice was alive, and we see her developing personality prior to her death. I quite liked Alice as a character, but I did get the sense she is the type of woman that is routinely talked about by others. Alice has a raw vulnerability mixed with self-sabotage. I wanted to know what happened to her, to put my own nosey intrigue to rest.

As said above, I am not a huge reader within this genre. But I know a good book when I see one! This novel is a 5* beauty! Perfect for reading when the sun is shining!
Enjoy this summer with a cocktail in the other hand!

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***Currently available in Ebook for just £3.99 via Kindle & released in paperback 19th April***