#WomensFiction #familysaga My #Bookreview of A Cornish Secret by @EmmaBurstall @HoZ_Books

A Cornish Secret (Tremarnock #4)A Cornish Secret by Emma Burstall

3.5 stars

A Cornish Secret is ‘women’s fiction’ and book #4 in the Tremarnock series.

Caroline has come to Cornwall to meet Esme, an old school friend. They plan to walk sections of a pilgrim path.

Meanwhile, residents of Esme’s village, Tremarnock, hear that the council plans to sell off the playground to a housing developer. Villagers organise a huge protest which attracts the local media. They set up a camp on the site which replicates other well-known activist groups.

On the beach, teenager Rosie finds a bottle with a note dating back to the war years. Her family and friends are keen to search for the message writer, Franz, who was once a POW living in the area.

This is the first book I’ve read in this series, so I was unfamiliar with the characters and found it hard to remember them all, especially as a great many were introduced early in the story. This is a light read with several storylines vying for attention. For me, this made the book feel crowded and I was less able to become involved. However if you enjoy village saga tales, with a lovely Cornish setting, then this book may be for you. I would advise reading the earlier books in the series first.

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Book description

Esme Posorsky is an enigma. For as long as people can remember, she has been part of community life in the quaint Cornish fishing village of Tremarnock, but does anyone really know her? She is usually to be found working in her pottery studio or at home with her beloved cat, Rasputin. But when an old school friend turns up with a secret from the past, nothing will ever be the same again.

Meanwhile teenager, Rosie, is excited to find a bottle washed up on Tremarnock beach with a message from a former German prisoner of war. While the rest of the village is up in arms about a new housing development, she sets out to find him. Little does she know, however, that her discovery will unleash a shocking chain of events that threatens to blow her family apart.

Tremarnock may look like a cosy backwater, but some of its residents are about to come face to face with tough decisions and cold reality.

About the author

Emma is the bestselling author of six novels – Gym and Slimline, Never Close Your Eyes and The Darling Girls, as well as her Cornish series, Tremarnock, The Cornish Guest House and Tremarnock Summer.

She read English at Cambridge University and began her career as a cub reporter on the Western Morning News in Plymouth, later becoming features editor of Woman and Family Circle.

She has also written extensively for national newspapers and women’s magazines including the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Red, Good Housekeeping and Woman & Home.

She gets by in French and Spanish and works out – occasionally – at her local gym. After walking her youngest to school, you might also spot her jogging in Richmond Park with some friends. Slowly.

Emma lives in South West London with her husband and they have three children.

She’s currently working on her seventh novel.

Emma Burstall

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3 thoughts on “#WomensFiction #familysaga My #Bookreview of A Cornish Secret by @EmmaBurstall @HoZ_Books

  1. Hi Rosie – these look to be ‘fun’ reads … and it sounds like Emma knows her Cornwall and has tales to tell … I’ve noted the Tremarnock series … thank you – cheers Hilary

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