Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary.
In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.
Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.
Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?
Review: This is the 3rd book from Lily Graham that I have read. I adored the first one that I read, but found her last one, A Cornish Christmas, not quite so enthralling. However, I wasn't quite prepared for just how good this latest story was going to be. The reader gets really good value from this book too, as it is 2 stories in one, each set in a different time.
The main story concerns Victoria Langley, a published biographer who realises that her marriage is over and seeks peace in her beloved Cornwall. In the quaint seaside village of Tregollan, she discovers a long abandoned and fairly well hidden cottage that draws her to it, leading to the discovery of a diary from a former inhabitant, a mystery and a charming love story. In Tregollan, she also meets Adam Waters, an American lawyer dealing with the sale of the cottage, giving us the possibility of a modern day romance as well as the older one.
Lily Graham has filled this book with really strong characters, and there are even some that will be recognisable to anyone who has read A Cornish Christmas. I love to find familiar characters in a book. It's like meeting up with old friends. The only thing that I found disappointing in the story is that it finished too soon for me. If that's all I have to criticise, it can't be at all bad!
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