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    Heroine faces a volatile single father🌊

    The complications of life in an insular coastal town: do they leave room for romance?! 4🌟stars 🌊I found that this largely sunny Cornish beach story had its good points and some I was not so taken by. Good - the beautiful Cornish coastal setting. 🌅Author Helen Pollard includes some lovely descriptive passages about the area's natural beauty; - the basic second chance romance between newcomer widower Jason and New Age shop owner Claudia; - Millie, Jason's teenage daughter. She's actually one of the lead characters and I really appreciated the author's sensitive treatment of her issues; - Claudia's supportive friends Tanya, Sara and Evelyn. But - I did not like Jason; he never seemed to learn from his mistakes and was pretty close-minded. I also found his apologies lame and his outbursts of temper unjustified and off-putting. - The repeated discussions of Wicca and witchcraft got a bit too down in the weeds and lost my interest. Claudia's numerous problems with her business provided drama, but give the woman a break! I found her battle against nature, sneering critics and competitors and mystery malfactors became so constant it brought me down😨. Thanks to publisher Bookouture and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
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    A lovely tale

    In this delightful novel, Claudia and Jason both relocate to a very small Cornish village to start over after life took bad turns for them elsewhere. Claudia has lived there for a couple of years and opened a successful New Age sort of gift shop. Jason dislikes all the New Agey crystals and advice that Claudia finds so comforting, but his grieving daughter, Millie, is interested and likes Claudia. So Jason is torn between what his mind tells him about Claudia’s shop, but he also is happy to see his daughter find a woman who can help her. And it helps that Claudia is quite attractive. Throw in a best friend who is a wiccan and a competing shop selling witchy accessories and the plot indeed thickens. This was a very enjoyable read. I would have liked to know how the competition between Claudia’s store and the interloping new store turned out, but I really enjoyed traveling along with Jason and Claudia’s emotional journey. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
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    Enchanting distraction

    If you want to escape to a picturesque Cornwall village, this is the book for you. After leaving her husband and career in London, Claudia has found contentment owning a New Age shop in Cornwall. She finds early on that a certain lack of privacy comes with village life, but thinks she has adjusted. New widower Jason moves to town with his teenaged daughter, Millie. The Goth- looking girl is adrift, and Claudia immediately takes her under her wing, to the consternation of rational, logical Jason, who thinks her new age leanings are a bunch of hooey. Just as they work out a sort of peace, a new shop opens in town, directly competing with Claudia’s, while hers falls victim to vandalism and evil rumors, not to mention a significant drop in business. As Claudia and Jason navigate their burgeoning attraction, each must figure out how much they can risk to be together. A good distraction during troubling times. #NetGalley #LittleShopInCornwall
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    A Delightful Tale

    A well-drawn, picturesque setting is always something I enthuse about, and Helen Pollard does it in style with the coastal Cornish village of Porthsteren, which is wonderfully given life. I’d love to take a stroll along the beach, gaze at the sparkling sea, browse the books in The Porthsteren Page Turner, or relax on the sunny terrace with a cappuccino and a large slab of carrot cake. This is a touching and compelling tale and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough while reading it. In The Little Shop in Cornwall both of the main characters, Claudia and Jason, were lovely people. Their endeavours made me smile and sigh and they kept me entertained throughout. A romantic story about falling in love, great friendship, letting go of the past, coping with trauma, taking chances and moving on that had me enchanted. The Little Shop in Cornwall is uplifting, witty, and moving and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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    A good summer read

    The Little Shop in Cornwall was an expected good surprise. I was expecting to read a cute little romance story, but instead, I was greeted with depth, true life struggles and the obstacles people go through to overcome them. The story of a new age shop owner, Claudia and the newcomers Jason, a widower, and his daughter, Millie was a charming take on starting life over after leaving behind painful memories. I enjoyed reading the slow burning love that blossomed between Claudia and Jason as it took on a realistic and understandable pace. Although they are polar opposites in their beliefs, they are able to come to an understanding and respect for each other as they realize they want their friendship-turned-relationship to work. A nice touch Helen Pollard did was successfully describe the Cornish landscape, which makes this book a fitting beach read, or at least, makes you feel like you’re seeing the rolling waves right by Claudia’s shop. Although there were moments where the cycle of Claudia and Jason coming to an understanding, then fighting, then doing it all over again was a bit too much and repetitive, the story of their relationship gave the book a good deepness to it. Let’s just say that the cover, although very cute, through me for a loop and delivered a story that was completely unexpected (in a good way!)
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