Starry autumn nights are bringing a rare celestial event and exciting new guests to the shores of the sleepy hotel Penmarrow.
Maisie is happy to be back among its staff, even with the question of its future ownership still in the air and the fate of her unpublished manuscript soon to be in the hands of London acquisitions editors. More than anything else, she’s happy to finally be in a relationship with Sidney Daniels, the sparks between them no longer denied. She’s excited for the future and things couldn’t be better with regards to romance … except for those lingering little questions about Sidney’s uncertain past, that is.
Meanwhile, the staff at the Penmarrow is tasked with hosting a special celestial conference where stargazers are gathering for a glimpse of the much-anticipated comet. The ever-timid maid Molly is flustered by the return of charming astronomer George and seems to need a little advice on how to rekindle the spark they shared last autumn. Hotel porters Gomez and Riley vie for the attentions of a mysterious female guest, the eccentric ‘Megs’ Buntly pays another visit, and a dramatic revelation about someone on staff will leave Maisie and everyone else reeling from the unexpected news. Is this the moment for the revelation Maisie has been waiting for since her Cornish journey began?
Brimming with humor, romance, and the kind of surprises its fans have come to expect, the seventh book in the series brings a twist at the end that’s sure to leave readers excited — and anxious — for the conclusion of Maisie’s original gorgeous Cornish adventure.
Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
Sadly, I haven’t read much of either (but I do rather like some of the fun cover art from vintage Marvel and DC comic books!!).
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
Both my parents like to read and own loads of books, so I imagine that’s partly where it came from. And even though I wasn’t a truly avid reader until my early teens, I always had my favourites when it came to reading, and, of course, a visit to the library was always a fun event.
When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
Nope!! My books tend to be light, feel-good chick lit types, so there’s not much need for bumping characters off!
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Sometimes I just leaf through a baby name book until I come across one that sounds right. Others are chosen because they directly reference the inspiration for aspects of the character’s personality and physical traits. For instance, Sidney Daniels in my series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ was named for the character of Sidney Chambers on the television show Grantchester.
Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists;) )?
Hmm….do emails and social media posts count? LOL.
If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
Probably I would be so excited to have a film made from one of my books that I would be mostly okay with the ‘based on version’—though, no doubt, I would inevitably be disappointed in some of the changes made!!
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I would love to have chatted with either Jane Austen or Agatha Christie, since they are two of my favourite authors.
Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I tend to do all my own research—although, being an American writing about Cornwall, I have certainly wished for a better way to research it than simply reading about it. Ideally, I would love to travel there myself someday and experience it firsthand!
Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Occasionally I do bounce ideas off family or friends. But I think writing does tend to be a solitary activity for many authors, cliché as it seems.
What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
Either one is very much welcome for me—however, it is rather lovely to know what a reader most enjoyed about a book!
Thank you, Laura Briggs and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.