Weeks after boarding a train to Paris in pursuit of her writing dreams, aspiring novelist Maisie Clark is right back where she started: on the idyllic shores of Port Hewer in Cornwall, luggage in hand and heart filled with anticipation for what lies ahead. Except that nothing seems the same as Maisie left it, from her place among the staff at the hotel Penmarrow to her budding romance with groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, who isn’t quite ready to overlook the painful consequences of her sudden departure.
Losing Sidney would be unbearable, but Maisie can’t help fearing it might be true if the rift between them proves too deep to heal. She knows her feelings for him are unchanged, but whether he feels the same remains to be seen—particularly since she stopped him from expressing them in the first place. And to make matters worse, her position at the Penmarrow has been filled by another, there’s nowhere for her to live in the village, and her savings are finally dwindling to a pathetic number – with her book still unpublished after her startling discovery about the author helping guide her towards success.
But one thing which hasn’t changed is the drama and excitement at the hotel Penmarrow, where the staff is awaiting inspection from the dreaded owner Ms. Claypool. Stirring up trouble in the meantime is the owner’s special guest ‘Mad Ludwig’, an eccentric architect whose demands are definitely driving everyone on the staff a little crazy. And then there’s the hotel’s mysterious new desk manager, whose behavior ignites Maisie’s suspicions and causes her to become entangled in yet another form of intrigue—one that could unwittingly jeopardize the future of the Penmarrow and everyone who works there, unless Maisie can find a way to undo the harm.
With everything that matters to her most at stake this time, Maisie faces her biggest challenges yet…and her deepest question of the heart as she confronts the reason she returned to Cornwall and the Penmarrow in the first place.
Favorite Things About Writing A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss:
Thank you to Els for letting me tell her readers about my all-new Cornish romance read. Book six in my series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’, it continues the story of Maisie, an amateur author who finds herself entangled in romance, adventure, and the occasional bit of intrigue as a maid at a historic hotel by the sea. Filled with exciting new changes in the series, this latest installment is hopefully as fun to read as it was to write. I thought it might be lovely to share some of the aspects I most enjoyed about writing A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss, so here goes:
Everything is at stake for the heroine:
In this installment, Maisie faces what could be her biggest challenge yet to finding a happy-ever-after in beautiful Cornwall. Not only is her relationship with charming groundskeeper Sidney Daniels in danger of ending before it truly began, but her job at the seaside hotel Penmarrow—and the fate of the hotel itself—hangs in the balance. Making matters worse, Maisie finds herself tangled up in a bizarre deception that could bring more trouble for everyone at the hotel just when they least need it. As her attempts to thwart disaster only seem to backfire each time, Maisie finds herself wondering if this could possibly be the end of her idyllic Cornish experience…including her chance for true love.
A new character is added to the cast:
Of course, there are always exciting new guests to be found staying at the hotel Penmarrow, but Maisie’s contacts in the village are somewhat limited (aside from Sidney’s friend Dean, and the chatty but well-meaning vicarage housekeeper Mrs. Graves, of course). So the introduction of Sonia in book six as a savvy local landlady makes for a somewhat interesting change. She definitely has her own unique sense of style and humor, but Maisie isn’t quite sure what to make of her yet—especially when it comes to the attractive Sonia’s rather undefined connection with a certain charming groundskeeper, for instance!
There’s a bit of a mystery afoot:
The aforementioned deception that Maisie gets caught up in provides a subplot threaded with humor, intrigue, and a bit of danger for Maisie and those she counts as friends in her seaside haven. In some ways, it’s every bit as dramatic as her brush with jewel thieves in The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise, with the same spirit of adventure and excitement—although its repercussions will end up being somewhat harder on her heart, as well as her conscience. It also causes her to get mixed up with yet another dubious character she can’t quite trust yet, but of course, has no seeming alternative but to help (albeit as a reluctant sidekick with only the best of intentions at heart). And although the mystery is not completely resolved within the pages of book six, readers can look forward to its rather dramatic conclusion in one of the two remaining stories—and I do hope they’ll agree it’s well worth the wait!
If you haven’t read the books in ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ yet I hope you’ll be inspired to give them a look. If you’re already a fan of the series, then I hope you’re excited for Maisie’s newest adventure and the big finale that it’s all building up to for Book Eight (with plenty more surprises, fun, and romantic moments in between, of course!).
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.