Welcome to another Darwin’s Book Corner blog! This month we have a guest blogger, Rea Sinfield of Rea Book Review Blog!
Rea has recently stayed at Woodside Coastal Retreat, in the Isle of Wight, and had taken a few holiday reads with her. So naturally we asked Rea if she would like to guest write a review of one of her holiday reads. Here is Rea’s review:
Book Review for Tremarnock by Emma Burstall
I am always drawn to books which are set around the Cornish sea, so was excited to see what Tremarnock held in store for me. As I sat down to read this hefty 407 page hardback I never dreamed it would capture my attention so much so that I finished the book in one complete sitting! Now having finished the book I am really going to find it hard to leave the characters behind and I hope we don’t have too long to wait for the next in this series of books.
When I opened the book I was introduced to the village in the way of a beautiful little map showing me where everyone lives and the various shops. I thought this was a wonderful little addition to the book as it really helped to visualise where everything was located and brought the village to life.
“a mother and daughters love, courage and pure determination shine through the pages”
Our main characters in this book are Liz and her beautiful daughter Rosie, who are both very strong and courageous, warm characters whose story will melt your heart. They have made a new life together in Tremarnock and whilst Liz juggles jobs to keep a roof over their heads. The wonderful community have been so welcoming and have all rallied around to help where they can and have sure taken them under their wings.
A Great Book for a Great Holiday
I was a little unsure when reading the first few chapters of this book how I was going to get on with it. We are quickly introduced to a vast amount of characters and I was soon lost and didn’t know who was who, but I persevered and before long the pace of the book began to settle and the more central characters became easy to recognise. I think the author was trying to introduce us to everyone, getting us familiar with the village folk ready for the rest of the series. But I think it would have been better to introduce them throughout the book as I have quite forgotten who a few of them are.
That was my one and only little blip with the book, because everything else was pure perfection for me ticking all of the boxes. The author manages to bring the characters alive with such ease and before long it felt like I was in the root of the community, so comfortable that I didn’t want to leave.
“one of my favourite books of 2015 and was a perfect book for my break away”
The storyline will bring out a number of emotions, as it begins quite uplifting and felt like a light Summery read but as the book progressed I found myself soon reaching for the Kleenex. As the heartstrings were well and truly pulled the story becomes more emotive and deep, taking on heartbreaking situations and see’s a friendship threatened and a mother and daughters love, courage and pure determination shine through the pages. I don’t want to give too much away about the events that happen in this book because I think the shock of what happened was what made such an impact for me.
I love books that have a warm cosy feel, they have a great welcoming community spirit and this was exactly what I found with this book. I cannot wait to revisit Tremarnock again in the next book of the series, as this is one of my favourite books of 2015 and was a perfect book for my break away.
If you loved Rea’s book review then why not pop on over to her blog, Rea Book Reviews, and find out more.
Just a big thank you to Rea for the wonderful review of Tremarnock, and we are so glad you had a glorious holiday at Woodside Coastal Retreat. And if you love the sound of the Cornwall Coast as much as Rea, then why not check out our range of Cornish holiday breaks?
Happy Reading Folks!