A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores by Laura Briggs
It looks like a perfect Cornish autumn, with aspiring novelist Maisie Clark still finding inspiration as a maid at the historic Penmarrow Hotel. Between the staff of quirky co-workers, glamorous and unusual guests, and her growing friendship with the charming but mysterious Sidney Daniels, Maisie is living out adventures instead of just penning them in the pages of her would-be novel's growing number of chapters.
And then there's the slight problem of keeping the balance between friendship and 'something more' with Sidney, who's helping introduce her to the village's version of a Cornish Halloween, and has recently taken an interest in Maisie's secret that may change things between them. But even Maisie’s imagination can't conjure the unusual event this Halloween brings to the Penmarrow. An eccentric earl has chosen this site to host his lavish birthday celebration that includes a pretty (and perceptive) young psychic whose predictions seem to have everyone on edge — and, to Maisie's delight, the elusive novelist Alistair Davies is rumored to be part of the guest list! But with the earl's bickering relatives and illustrious friends on hand— and more than one ghost of the past waiting to be revealed — it’s anyone’s guess what the festivities will bring before the party is over.
Will the psychic foretell doom for the earl's gathering—and is her ‘gift’ as genuine as it seems? Will Maisie finally meet her favorite author face to face? And, more importantly, what about the romantic sparks that fly between Maisie and Sidney?
This story took me a while to get into, but I think that's because not having read the first in the series there was a great deal.of the story I simply didn't get for a while. The characters from.the first book, together with an influx of new ones was a little overwhelming in the beginning. Therefore, I strongly urge you to read the other book before tackling this one.
That said, once I did get into it, I couldn't put it down. Ms Briggs has a dry, tongue-in-cheek writing style, and the main character is definitely spirited (nice play on words with the title and subject matter!).
The sub-story (which isn't the romance - that's a slow burner, which began in book 1) is intriguing and amusing. The budding romance with Sidney will hopefully continue into book 3.
Light-hearted, fun, and with enough mystery to keep you turning the page, this is a story about secrets, lots of them, with the underlying message that secrets will always rise to the surface.
About the Author
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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