How do you like your scones? The Devonshire way? Jam on top. Or do you go down the Cornwall route and spread the jam first and top with clotted cream?
I only ask because in some ways Jo Lambert’s romance driven drama A Cornish Affair reminds me of a particularly tasty Cornish scone – with the seaside setting a perfect showcase for a rich cast of characters and a plot with a surprising depth.
Am I stretching the metaphor a bit here?
The clue though is in that word ‘surprising’.
The cover might suggest a sunshine stereotypical boy-meets-girl romance. The opening chapters certainly confirm that expectation and so does the blurb.
But WHAM! BANG!
Expect a shock.
Briefly, after a two year absence Luke Carrack returns home to the close-knit community of Carrenporth in Cornwall where everyone knows everyone else’s business.
Cat among the pigeons
Soon Luke’s friendship with hotelier’s daughter Cat Trevelyan has tongues wagging.
But then something happens that really sets the cat among the pigeons.
And what started out as a ‘cozy’ romance becomes anything but…
Overall, a satisfyingly tasty read, perfect for the beach, or, even an afternoon in the back garden.
Review by Sue Featherstone.
Available to buy on Amazon.
About the author:
Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors and has been writing since 2008.
Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in West Somerset, was followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in the Rain followed in 2017,
In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall, has just been published.
She is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.
When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog.
Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.