Wednesday 25 August 2021

Guest Review: The Cornish Cream Tea Wedding by Cressida McLaughlin

Love is in the Cornish summer air…

Wedding planner Ellie Moon is dreaming up the most beautiful bespoke wedding for Charlie and Daniel, owners of Cornwall’s favourite cream tea bus. Even though her own life has been turned upside down and she’s had to rent out her charming Cornish cottage with its climbing roses and lavender beds, Ellie is determined to give them a day to remember.

Her new tenant, handsome mechanic Jago, keeps popping up around the picture-postcard seaside village of Porthgolow. When they’re thrown together in the effort to help his elderly father get a spring back in his step, she discovers that he is full of surprises. Can romance bloom and give Ellie the fresh start she’s been wishing for?

Review: This is the fourth book in the Cornish Cream Tea series by Cressida McLaughlin. It was published originally in 4 parts, but the story is now available in its entirety in ebook, paperback and audiobook formats. I have read all three previous books in this series, and have been looking forward to this part, where two characters who have been in the story from the start are to tie the knot. For anyone who has not read any of the previous books in this series, the thing that connects all these stories is Gertie, a red double-decker Routemaster bus that has been converted into a very fine cafe and is usually to be found by the sands of the Cornish seaside village of Porthgolow.

This particular story centres on Ellie Moon, who has been chosen to plan the wedding of Charlie, who owns the Cream Tea Bus, and local hotelier Daniel. Ellie’s business is struggling and she has had to rent out her lovely cottage to handsome mechanic Jago, who has himself moved back to Porthgolow to try to reconnect with his estranged father. While she is determined to give Charlie and Daniel the wedding of their dreams, Ellie finds that she has also become involved in Jago’s life, helping him to find some common ground with his father. In turn, Jago has helped with some aspects of the wedding arrangements. It seems as if romance may be in the air for more than just the bride and groom.

I have loved every book in the Cornish Cream Tea series, and like the way that this one brings everyone together for the joyous wedding of two central characters. It was great to be encountering familiar characters and at the same time meeting some interesting new ones, including Ellie and her sister and Jago and his dad. Gertie didn’t feature in this story as much as in previous books, but did have a part to play. There was still mention of some delicious food. Of course, the actual wedding was always going to be amazing, but at times I thought the happy couple might never make it down the aisle as various obstacles got in the way. In addition to events connected with the wedding, the storyline also contained a significant amount of gardening activity which should be of particular interest to readers who enjoy this hobby, especially when an unexpected discovery is made. As with all the books in this series, I can recommend this to other readers. It can be read as a standalone or in conjunction with other books in the series.

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