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  • Her best novel yet.

    Single mum Kate runs the little craft shop in the harbour town of St Felix, Cornwall. She had always dreamed of owning her own shop and after a horrible time in her past, she decided to up sticks and move and found her little gem. She is unhappy when she hears that a new shop is about to open that will sell some items that she does. Newcomer disabled army vet Jack, has bought himself a shop to sell art equipment and can’t understand what Kate’s problem is as she only sells low-end art products where his will be high-end. The pair are united in a mystery brought on by old craft equipment from a house clearance which seems to have a life of their own. I always look forward to reading Ali McNamara’s books as you know there is going to be something mystical hiding within the pages of an amazing story and Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop didn’t disappoint. In fact, I was so happy to see the mysterious goings-on start early in the book. The writing is superb and the plot cleverly put together. The characters, Kate and Jack are both feisty and have plenty of attitudes. Both have pasts they would rather forget and futures they would like to enjoy. They really worked well together. Once I began the book I didn’t want to stop, so much so that I read it in just two sittings. It is so beautiful, magical, and is set in a glorious harbour town that you can perfectly visualise as well as wish you were there. I also love that we get to go back in time to the 1950s St Felix and hear about Clara’s life with her sick daughter. I now can’t wait for Ali McNamara’s next book. This one, for me, felt like her best work yet.

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  • Exhilarating & Endearing

    This was a wonderful read by new-to-me author Ali McNamara. Kate runs her own little craft shop in the idyllic harbour town of St Felix, Cornwall which is a dream come true for her. But when newcomer Jack opens an art shop nearby, selling some similar products as her, Kate's perfect life is disrupted. Initial differences of opinion are smoothed over as they are united by a mystery brought on by an old sewing machine and easel from a house clearance which seem to have their own magical existences. An enchanting and heartwarming read, Ali McNamara's characterisation was exceptional. Both Kate and Jack were delightful people and I would have loved to visit both of their shops for a browse around. I could picture the quaint little seaside town of St Felix and I was instantly transported into the story. The supporting cast were equally endearing, especially Ben (Jack's son) and Molly (Kate's daughter). The friendly ambience of St Felix, in both the 1950s and the present day, came across really favourably. This was such an engaging novel and I didn’t want it to end, but I left it on a high, feeling exhilarated. I highly recommend Kate and Clara's Curious Cornish Craft Shop to anyone who loves a romance with a hint of magic and I hope to revisit St Felix and catch up with the townsfolk in other books. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Little, Brown Book Group UK/ Sphere via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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