Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillippa Ashley

20th May 2016

What the publisher says:

One summer can change everything . . .

Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.

“Warm and funny and feel-good. The best sort of holiday read.” Katie Fforde

“Filled with warm and likeable characters. Great fun!” Jill Mansell

Demi doesn’t expect her summer in Cornwall to hold anything out of the ordinary. As a waitress, working all hours to make ends meet, washing dishes and serving ice creams seems to be as exciting as the holiday season is about to get.

That’s until she meets Cal Penwith. An outsider, like herself, Cal is persuaded to let Demi help him renovate his holiday resort, Kilhallon Park. Set above an idyllic Cornish cove, the once popular destination for tourists has now gone to rack and ruin. During the course of the Cornish summer, Demi makes new friends – and foes – as she helps the dashing and often infuriating Cal in his quest. Working side by side, the pair grow close, but Cal has complications in his past which make Demi wonder if he could ever truly be interested in her.

Demi realises that she has finally found a place she can call home. But as the summer draws to a close, and Demi’s own reputation as an up and coming café owner starts to spread, she is faced with a tough decision . . .

A gorgeous story exploring new beginnings, new love and new opportunities, set against the stunning background of the Cornish coast. Phillipa Ashley has written a feisty, compelling heroine who leaps off the page and encourages you to live your summer to the full.

Recommended for readers who loved Summer at Shell Cottage, The Cornish House, Tremarnock and Poldark.





What I say:


This book is marketed as being for lovers of Cornwall and Poldark.  I have visited Cornwall a few times but never read (or watched) Poldark so I felt I had a good reason to enjoy this on one of the counts at least.


The story revolves around feisty Demi, who is sacked after a run in with a customer at the cafe where she also lives, and Cal who becomes her boss, albeit somewhat reluctantly at first.  The two begin to work together on the holiday camp which belongs to Cal’s family helped by Polly who has worked for the family for years and who kept the park from falling down while Cal was abroad.  She also seems to see herself as a mother figure for Cal but warms to Demi eventually.


Demi and Cal both realise that they are falling for the other and almost get together on a couple of occasions but outside events conspire to prevent this.  They also face problems with getting the holiday park restored and up and running for guests.  Throw into the mix family members and a few faces from the past and the whole story really is one to be enjoyed.  There aren’t really any twists in the story but that didn’t really matter as the story was an enjoyable one which kept me interested to the very end.  I did wonder however how likely it was that Demi would have business sense and ideas that revitalise the holiday park.  It didn’t hamper the story though as she didn’t suddenly start power dressing or bossing everyone around.

All in all a fun read with an entertaining story.  I will be looking out for the next books in the series.


Rating 4 out of 5

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