Wednesday 13 September 2017

Guest Review: The Cornish Guest House (Tremarnock book 2) by Emma Burstall

A new couple have arrived in Tremarnock, but will these glamorous strangers fit into village life?
Tremarnock is a small fishing village, crowded with holidaymakers in the summer, but a sleepy Cornish backwater at other times of the year.
Here Liz has found refuge with her young daughter, Rosie, after her relationship with Rosie's father came unstuck. Now happily married, all seems set for a quiet autumn and merry Christmas. But strangers have bought the local guest house and seem to have big plans. Why is he so charming and confident, but she so frightened? Are they who they say they are? And what are they really doing with the guest house?

Review: This is book 2 in the Tremarnock series from Emma Burstall. Like the first book in the series, I chose the audio version, my husband and I listening to the story in the course of a few car journeys. Out of the car, we even debated what might be going to happen next with this character or that, surely a sign of a really exciting and enthralling story. If you have not read the first book in this series, Tremarnock, don't worry as this story is self explanatory. However, Tremarnock was a really enjoyable story too, so you could always read that before getting your teeth into this sequel. 

As the title of the book suggests, this story revolves around the Stables Guest House in the Cornish seaside village of Tremarnock, and its new owners. As we revisit this quaint village, we meet all the characters who were introduced in the first book in this series, along with the incomers who have arrived to open up the guest house. Major roles are played again by Liz, her daughter, Rosie, and local restaurant owner, Robert. However, the newcomers Luke, Tabitha and son Oscar are at the centre of a great deal of discussion and controversy amongst the villagers. But is Luke all that he seems and what is the matter with Tabitha? There is an immense amount of mystery and tension surrounding them, which expands to encompass Robert's niece, Loveday also. 

We both really enjoyed this book. Having met most of the characters before in the previous story and catching up with what had happened in the village in the intervening period was good, but not essential to the enjoyment or indeed understanding of the story. Although it is obviously a sequel, this story can easily be read as a standalone. I am greatly looking forward to reading the next book in the Tremarnock series, which is waiting for me on my Kindle. 

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