I absolutely bloody love Phillipa Ashley! Summer at The Cornish café was her first book I read (And I also think it was her first book with Avon). My gym was at my local library – same building and everything! And one Saturday – I think it was in April last year, I saw a cute little cover smiling at me. (Covers don’t smile – but you get the gist). I picked up Summer at the Cornish Café and that is how my love triangle with Phillipa Ashely’s books started. My husband was a bit jealous at first – I was spending way too much time in bath reading – and less time playing board games with him. But as I literally inhaled this book (4 days per book), he did not have to miss me for long.
I was super excited to get my hands on “Summer on the little Cornish Isles – The starfish studio.”
Poppy has always loved Cornwall – the crisp sea air, the welcoming community. So when her boyfriend Dan suggests they leave their office jobs and take over the Starfish Studio on the Isles of Scilly, Poppy doesn’t need asking twice.
But things don’t go to plan when Dan dumps her, weeks before they’re due to move. Determined not to give up, Poppy accepts the help of local photographer Jake, her landlord’s grandson. But Jake is distracted by a loss from his past.
Can they turn the crumbling gallery into a success in time for tourist season? And will a summer on the little Cornish Isles mend just the studio – or Poppy’s heart too?
Ah – I absolutely L.O.V.E. this book! It might even be the best one yet in the Cornish Isles series! Yes – you know that I loved the last 2 ones – but still. This one is very special to me as my ex and I started up an art studio in Antwerp and split up after him being a dick for more than a year. Except that he got to keep the art gallery…
As always this book bursts with amazing character building and beautiful descriptions of the surroundings. I have been to Cornwall before – The Lizard (The last point before you fall off England) and it was absolutely amazing! This book literally almost made me book a last-minute holiday to Cornwall to visit the Isles of Scilly! Just google them! They almost look like tropical islands, drifting in Blue water!
As you might know – I am moving to Dubai next month, so everything has been extra stressful. This book has allowed me to escape into a world of unimaginable natural beauty, heart-thumping romance and best friends. Ashley’s characters – as always, are so incredibly easy to relate to that when you close the book, you felt as if you had a very long phone conversation with an old friend to catch up. Yes – I think that is exactly what it feels like. You and the characters leave as old friends.
Definitely a 5 star book!