It’s the career move of a lifetime, and Julianne can’t believe it’s hers: a position as an event planner at a country house in Cornwall, England, beginning with the wedding of a celebrity! If her old firm’s senior planner back in the States hadn’t fallen suddenly sick with the chicken pox, Julianne would never have found herself chosen for a life in one of England’s most beautiful coastal counties, surrounded by rugged shores, quaint cottages, elegant gardens and a house to die for.
But life in Cornwall isn’t exactly as Julianne imagined it. Her first bride-to-be is a resentful, petted snob, the groom is immature and bored, and the Cornish staff of Cliffs House has a difficult time believing that an event planner from a mid-level position can handle a wedding this big. And then there’s a personal matter — the handsome, sometimes charming, sometimes standoffish gardener Matthew Rose. He and Julianne have a strangely complicated relationship somewhere between friendship and attraction. But with a secret in his past, and a scheming bridesmaid plotting to have Matthew all to herself, will Julianne find a way to untangle her feelings and the problems of planning a perfect Cornish wedding?
Things A Wedding in Cornwall Has in Common with Poldark:
A huge thank you to Els for letting me share with her readers about my romance read, A Wedding in Cornwall. Celebrating its 3rd book birthday this month, it is the first in a series of novellas about an American event planner who moves across the pond to work at a stately manor house. Even though it has a contemporary setting and lighthearted feel, my Cornish romance series owes quite a lot to the British television drama Poldark—in fact, it probably wouldn’t even exist if not for the popular BBC show! So I thought it might be fun to share with you a few of the ways A Wedding in Cornwall and Poldark are just a little bit alike!
Breathtaking Cornish Scenery:
Of course, it might be just a little more impressive onscreen than on the page, but my heroine Julianne’s fictional Cornish village contains its own rugged cliffs, craggy rocks, and winding pathways that lead to sandy beaches and crystal waters below. And like on Poldark, there are many special and romantic moments shared by those cliffside views—including the ‘meet cute’ for the main characters Julianne and Matt in book one, a more lighthearted scenario that involves, of all things, an argument over a Cornish heath plant. But there are other more serious occasions too that find Julianne brooding by her favorite Cornish view, her locks of hair whipped aside by the wind as the tide rolls furiously below (sound familiar anyone? 😉
A Rugged, Poldark-esque Hero:
He may not be into mining—or smuggling or jail breaks, or other daring behavior say—but Matthew Rose is modeled heavily on television’s Ross Poldark. Not only is he described as a Poldark dead-ringer (the maids from the manor house nicknamed him ‘Ross’), but he’s also the possessor of a kind and generous heart, a quiet sense of humor, and a chivalrous protective streak. Like Ross, his heart was broken by a seemingly perfect beauty before he met his true love, a fact that stirs up trouble for them now and then, with Julianne feeling a bit jealous. And as a gardener and botanist Matthew spends rather a lot of time working with his hands (no shirtless scything scenes, though!).
A Strong-willed Heroine:
Julianne is a problem solver. As an event planner for a grand Cornish manor it’s more or less her job to be one, but it’s also something of a hobby for her, and a personality quirk that gets her into trouble with Matthew on more than one occasion as the series progresses. Like Demelza on Poldark, Julianne does get into quite a few scrapes thanks to her obsession with fixing other people’s problems. Matthew would rather she didn’t, of course—but he also can’t help but be impressed by the confident way she defends her opinion that very first time they clash heads on the pathway to the manor house where they both work. That and the fact that, as he tells her at one point, “When the sunlight shines through your hair, there are strands of red that shine like fire.”
So if you love Poldark— and also happen to love feel good romances—I would be honored if you would check out my series ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’ (there’s even 12 books, just like in the Winston Graham series!). You can find the novellas as individual editions, or else choose to read them in two handy book bundles. There’s also paperback collections for those love that ‘new book’ smell!
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.
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