A Wedding in Cornwall – Laura Briggs / #GuestPost #BookBirthdayBlitz @rararesources @PaperDollWrites

 

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?

 

 

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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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A wedding in Cornwall (books 7-12) – Laura Briggs

The last six novellas in the UK bestselling series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL are now available in one collection! Join American event planner Julianne in her final set of adventures ‘across the pond’ in beautiful Cornwall. From celebrity sightings to a local talent show, from a charming village fete to a secret Cornish garden, there’s never a dull moment for Julianne and her Poldark-esque true love Matthew in the quaint village of Ceffylgwyn.

This collection contains A Romance in Cornwall, A Star in Cornwall, A Sewing Circle in Cornwall, A Talent Show in Cornwall, An American in Cornwall, and A Garden in Cornwall.

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Julianne and Matt are back to their old lives in Cornwall, and enjoying a peaceful spring in their beloved village. When a famous romance novelist chooses Ceffylgwyn as the location for her next novel, however, excitement begins to build for the prospect of a love story putting the village on the literary map! But as Julianne soon learns, author Rowena St. James’s attempts to find romantic inspiration are anything but successful … and the reasons could mean an ‘unhappily-ever-after’ for her future novel.

 

 

My review

Love has many faces …

I had not read the first books, but the author kindly lets the reader know what happened before and it gave me also time to get to know the important characters.

Some of them are not really present at the moment, but they are not forgotten. So I suppose we will hear more about them in one or more future books.

This story is about missing some things but gaining others, but most importantly follow your heart, even if it takes you down a different path because if your heart is not in it, you might as well quit.

I am looking forward to the next part. 4 stars.

*****

Summer is drawing to a close at Cliffs House, but Julianne finds her free time consumed by the Cliff’s Edge Players when an emergency leaves the dramatic society without their devoted director Millie. Taking charge of their latest production, a modern Romeo and Juliet set in America, Julianne has only her new temporary assistant Katie to help her, until a mysterious American backpacker-turned-village-handyman provides the missing spark the play needs. Young, charming stranger Riley O’ Connell is an instant hit with Julianne’s friends in the theater company as his performance steals the show … but Julianne is afraid he may be stealing something else, too, as Riley’s past catches up with him.

 

 

My review

Sometimes you have to hide in order to prove your point …

It already feels like coming home and meeting up with old friends. Also in this part new people come to the cosy village and some seem to have a hidden agenda.

This book is about trying to do what you want to do but not everybody agrees to this. You might to have to do something drastic, but you might hurt someone’s feelings in the process. Of course you can always count on Julianna and Matt to try and mend fences.

There was definitely a star in Cornwall and not only in the sky…

I am not really into Shakespeare, but apart from that, it was another nice novella.

I wonder what the author has in store for us in part 9. 4 stars.

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Determined to help with the autumn village heritage fete for charity, Julianne joins the local quilting circle and discovers that her creative talents do not extend to patchwork and small stitches, and, worse, that her time is stretched too thin already by assisting Lady Amanda in organizing the event’s festivities. When Julianne encounters an age-old feud between two villagers over the village’s ‘Old Cornish’ name, she wants to get involved in finding the solution — and, as a result of this impulsive habit, incites a fierce argument between herself and Matt that leaves them both feeling distant and unhappy.

Fighting with Matthew is bad enough — but to make things worse, the village’s requested ‘celebrity host’ for the fete is none other than Petal Price-Parker, who arrives as gorgeous as ever, and with her marriage doomed to be nothing more than celebrity gossip in a few more weeks. To Julianne’s dismay, Matt and Petal are thrown together by the local garden club’s role in the fete, where it becomes obvious that Matt’s runway model ex still finds him attractive after years apart.

Is this the end for Julianne and Matt’s perfect romance? Will Matt’s feelings for Petal return? Will Julianne finish her pathetic patchwork quilt in time for the fete?

 

 

My review

Does true love conquer all … ?

Out of the three I have already read, I liked this one the most. To me, it had a totally different feel to it and it certaily put the relationship between Julianne and Matt in the picture.

To make things even worse, to Julianne anyway, there is a sudden blast from the past and she has a lot on her mind with her new ‘hobby’ and the fete.

This story is about trust, putting your subborness aside and accepting people the way they are, even if they have certain characteristics sometimes drive you crazy.

Even if your life is hectic, you should always take time to talk and apologize.

Lovely story. 5 stars.

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When things fall into a rut in Ceffylgwyn, Julianne’s friends Rosie and Lorrie find the answer in a talent show inspired by the upcoming auditions for the star-making reality program Fame Factor. When the number of secretly-aspiring stars from the surrounding villages proves bigger than any of them dreamed, the two of them quickly enlist Julianne’s help with the project, so she calls upon the one person she can rely on to help them pull it off — her former assistant Kitty, now back in England and willing to use her skills to help organize a three-night event from a chaotic mess to a possible chance at stardom for the winning contestant.

Meanwhile, Gemma’s broken heart and semi-abandoned novel manuscript have Julianne worried about her friend … or make that two of them, when Michael the chef impulsively involves himself in the drama. Kitty’s locked in conflict with her family,who have only just now learned about her engagement to Nathan a year ago. And a conviction that she’s finally growing older and losing her youthful zeal has Julianne worried about her future as Cliffs House’s enthusiastic event planner — and her attempts to recover a little of her old self sparks worries in Matt’s mind in return.

Will Julianne find the energy to fill the demanding role in life she’s always loved? Will Kitty escape her mother’s wrath — and Gemma escape deleting her life’s secret ambition? Book Ten is full of romances, decisions, dreams, and surprises for Julianne, Matt, and all of their friends.

 

 

My review

Love is all around us …

If I have to chose between this one and the previous one, I have to admit number 10 is my new favourite.

In this book I really felt the village come to life and several things happening at the same time, which I like a lot.

This story is about family and how they sometimes have a strange way in expressing their feelings, about new romances on the horizon, about people coming out of their shells and the author kept a lovely surprise hidden until the last page (although I already guessed it, but it does not make it less lovely).

What can I say that I have not said before? My only advice : read them and see for yourself. 5 stars.

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Taking a break in North Cornwall to soak up the summer sun, Julianne is spending her holiday with her best friend Aimee from Seattle — who’s taking a holiday herself in Cornwall as a ‘shop sitter’ in a small village. Eager to introduce Julianne to her new friends and show off the quirky secondhand shop she’s minding for the next few months, Aimee sweeps her off to quaint St. Petroc, only a few miles from the sea.

Just when everything looks perfect for a week of historical haunts and lazy afternoons in the sun, a scheming local businessman makes a disastrous announcement that changes everything — and Julianne rallies to help Aimee not only defend the future of the shop in her care, but all the rest of the village’s high street as well.

From an oily businessmen to a chatty bookshop owner, to a kindhearted solicitor and a crazy hen night planner, Julianne’s latest adventure in Book Eleven is as impossible, impulsive, and charming as any she’s experienced before.

 

 

My review

Best friends are like diamonds. They are forever …

This volume is about 2 besties being reunited, even if it’s only for a short period, and fighting together for a good cause. Of course is Julianne’s dishy husband in the picture as well and a romance might be brewing …

The story attracted me a little less, because even though it’s also about life in a small seaside village, I missed the characters from the other books.

On the one hand it was good to have a change of scenery. On the other hand, I felt a little lost as well.

Nevertheless, another most enjoyable book. 4 stars.

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With their lives exactly what they’ve always dreamed, Matt and Julianne await the arrival of the third member of their family — but their happiness is threatened when their landlady Mathilda announces her intention to sell their beloved Rosemoor Cottage for an impossible value. Devastated, Julianne struggles to accept the cold reality of her and Matt making their home elsewhere.

Matt’s life has taken a new turn as he finally puts aside his academic work to pursue his gardening hobby as a career: his first new job as a landscape designer involves neglected Penwill Hall’s ‘lost’ garden — one with a truly romantic Cornish past. But the task of restoring its legendary beauty from nearly seventy years ago proves difficult among the ruins lost in weeds and wilderness.

With notions of secret gardens and wartime stories echoing in her thoughts, Julianne is determined to help Matt and the estate’s new owner after the discovery of a hidden mural in the hall itself, depicting a breathtaking garden that may well be the lost one. Her efforts to uncover the past lead her to a curmudgeonly local gardener who just may hold the knowledge that would restore the ‘lost garden’ to its former glory. Will Julianne’s quest help her find a way to deal with losing the home she loves?

Hellos and farewells abound as Dinah returns to lend a helping hand at Cliffs House and Julianne relives her favorite memories of her and Matt’s beloved cottage in Book Twelve — the final installment in the bestselling series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL.

 

 

My review

It’s important to share the past, even if it’s sometimes painful …

This story is about the past, the present and the future coming together. A lovely story when you love nature, but for those who love a party, they won’t be dissapointed either. You could say a perfect end to a series, but can I now show my real feelings? (haha). Well, I am going to do so anyway.

No, no, no! This cannot be true. Will the author really keep us hanging here? I could not believe it when I saw ‘book completed’ on my Kindle. There is so much I still want to know. Maybe the author will change her mind and decide to give us a little treat???

Overall, a lovely series filled with all the emotions life throws at you and if you like nature, you will even like it more.

Thank you, Laura Briggs and RachelsRandomResourses.

 

About the author

Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series 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, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

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