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  • A great beach read

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Secrets of Magpie Cove by Kennedy Kerr. Lila leaves London and her ex-boyfriend behind to begin a new life and a new career in Cornwall. Whilst undertaking a college course to become a patissier, Lila works part-time in Serafina’s cafe in Magpie Cove and is enjoying getting to know the locals and spending time with Oliver - her new friend at college. However, after Serafina sadly passes away, her son Nathan inherits the cafe and some decisions that he is making just don’t sit well with Lila. I loved Secrets of Magpie Cove and although I haven’t read the first book in the series, this really didn’t matter. I will definitely put it on my TBR list though. Kennedy Kerr reminds me of Liz Fenwick in her writings and transports you into the lives of the characters from the outset. With her descriptions of the pastries that Lila is learning to cook, she made my mouth water many times! Serafina helped so many people during her life, and some of this only comes to light after her death. Lila wants to help the local community in the same way that Serafina did and enlists the help of those around her to aid her in her mission. Secrets of Magpie Cove is lighthearted and an easy read with a genuine sense of community spirit. If you fancy something lovely to read in the sunshine, grab yourself a copy of Kennedy Kerr’s new novel.

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  • Getting lost in life and finding the life you need

    When Serafina passed away, life changed for the people of Magpie Cove. Her son Nathan arrives, and he is a numbers guy. Lila, worked at Serafina's café where they supported the community and the local businesses. Lila wanted to continue what Serafina had been doing, but Nathan upped the rent on the people renting the homes and apartments that Serafina rented out. Nathan had lost his job, and he came to realize that when he lost his job, he lost his future. He eventually could see his future in Magpie Cove, and he started making plans for the future. With the help of his new friends in Magpie Cove he could continue to carry on what his mother had created, and expand it to help the elderly, and the needs of what the community needed today. This is a story of loss, becoming lost in life, and finding a way to a future you never dreamed, but life has a way of bringing people to exactly where they are meant to be. I received an ARC from Bookouture through NetGalley.

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  • I liked it.

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of SECRETS OF MAGPIE COVE by Kennedy Kerr in exchange for an honest review. Lila Bridges left London for pastry school in Cornwall after she realized just how unhappy she was in her job and romantic relationship. The lovely townsfolk and coastal beauty of Magpie Cove have given Lila an opportunity to begin to process her unexpected grief over the miscarriage of an unknown pregnancy. Serafina of Serafina’s Café not only gave Lila a job and a place to live, but she also provided room to heal. When Serafina passes away unexpectedly, her heir, Nathan Da Costa, has a radically different management style. Lila and the entire town learn over and over just how wonderful Serafina was as Nathan’s finance-focused business practices begin to negatively impact the entire town. Lila finds herself attracted to Nathan during his unguarded moments, but his greedy practices repeatedly drive a wedge between them. Will Lila and Nathan be able reconcile their differences and learn to trust one another, or will Lila have to leave the Serafina’s Café, Nathan, and Magpie Cove? I enjoyed this book. I recommend it to fans of fiction featuring personal growth and coping with grief, isolation, poverty, failure, and change. #SecretsofMagpieCove #NetGalley

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  • A very touching story.

    In this highly emotive read, Lila is beset by overwhelming grief,. She has sufferend a miscarriage, broken up with her boyfriend and her boss has died. Serafina was much more to a boss to Lila and Lila is desperately grievng her loss. When Serafina's son Nathan comes to sort out his mother's affairs, there is the possibillty that the café might close its doors. Will Lila lose yet again? Nathan Da Costa is a man about business. That business means making change after change when he comes into town after his mother's death . First order of busines is the café. It is not turning enough profit and he can't see it lasting much longer. However, that is not the only change that Nathan makes, and soon the locals in the small Cornish village have much to grumble about, most of all Lila. Despite the conflicts that are there from the very start, both Lila and Nathan share an undeniable chemistry. Will they ever act on it or are the changes Nathan is about far too much to overcome? Not only do we have Lila and Nathan's drama, we have other characters in this story that have drama as well. These other characters give strength to an already touching story and their drama proved to be just as compelling than that of Lila and Nathan. This touching story by Kennedy Kerr deals with some sensitive issues, including grief, the long-term effects after a miscarriage, the things that the elderly can experience like hunger and poverty, acceptance and growth. I truly loved this story and definitely want to read the first book in the series, The House at Magpie Cove, before the next title is released. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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  • Written from the heart

    I loved this book, thank you for letting me review it. I did however also struggled with the emotions knowing the loss Lila is feeling first hand. Kennedy Kerr writes from the heart, understanding the feelings of lost and love and how deep they run. Its book about healing, hope and the beautiful Cornwall coastline.

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