A heart-warming tale of discovering all you never wanted is exactly what you needed.
Orphaned as a baby and raised by indifferent relatives, much of Anna Redding’s happiness as a child came from the long summer holidays spent with an elderly family friend, Aunt Meg, in the quaint village of Polkerran.
With Aunt Meg’s passing, Anna is drawn back to the West Country, relocating to the Cornish cove where she was once so happy. Filled with memories, she hopes to perhaps open a B&B—and perhaps cross paths with Alex Tremayne again, a local boy she used to have a major crush on and who only had to walk past Anna to make her heart flutter.
Settling into her new life, and enjoying her work for the older, reclusive and—to be honest—often exasperating Oliver Seymour, Anna is delighted when Alex reappears in Polkerran and sweeps her off her feet.
The stars are finally aligned, but just as Anna thinks all she’s ever wished for is within reach, a shock discovery brings everything under threat, and she finds herself living a dream that isn’t hers.
Can Anna rescue the new life she has made for herself and, when the testing moment comes, who will be there to hold her hand?
The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is the first in an uplifting series of romances from Cass Grafton. Get to know the locals, wallow in the quaintness of Polkerran, and fall in love with romance all over again.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m a morning person, so I’m usually at my desk by 7.30am, and writing is the first thing I do. I could win medals for procrastination, so I have to try really hard not to get distracted by social media, because then an hour or more disappears in an instant, and I find it harder to settle back into a fictitious world.
If I had a choice, I’d write ‘on location’. I did make this a big excuse for taking trips to Cornwall whilst writing this book, and I daren’t tell you how many times I stayed in Bath during the writing and research of a couple of other novels set there.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I’m a dreadful creature of habit! I will be at my desk for about 3-4 hours, by which time I will be feeling the need to take a break. I go for a long walk —weather permitting—and then eat lunch whilst watching the BBC’s Bargain Hunt (I love antiques shows).
Then, in the afternoon it will be back to the desk to deal with emails, admin and social media. (This isn’t where I confess to playing computer games, is it?).
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I drink hot water first thing, but once I’ve had breakfast I only drink cold water until the evening. I’d love to say I never snack when writing, but I’d be lying. I used to binge-eat M&S Percy Pigs when I was in the UK (I live in Switzerland now). Imagine my delight when I came across a close relation, Fred Ferkel, at our local supermarket in Germany!
– What is your favourite book?
I’m a romance nut but I also love a lot of the classics. Jane Austen has been a huge inspiration and a great influence on my writing. When I was young, Pride & Prejudice was top of the list, but now it’s Persuasion.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I’m not sure about a different genre, but although I’ve only written romance so far, I have ‘category-hopped’. I started out writing historical romance (Regency, Austen-inspired), moved to writing time-travel romance, and then contemporary upbeat romance with my new release. If anything, I suspect it would be the cosy mystery genre – with romance!
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Partially. (looks around guiltily) Don’t all writers? Definitely only partially, though, and only ever with a minor character. I’ve never written anyone who was 100% someone I know… yet.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes! I have a range of notebooks in all sizes and styles, most of which were gifts. I love to people-watch, and if I ever find myself without one to hand, I rely on the Notes App on my phone. (Looks around furtively this time). People don’t realise you’re making notes on what’s happening around you if you’re tapping into your phone, right?
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I can’t read or watch horror stories but, bizarrely, I enjoy a good murder mystery! I love watching Agatha Christie’s Marple, the Endeavour, Morse, Lewis series or Midsomer Murders, and I have had phases of binge reading murder mysteries by authors such as Elizabeth George and PD James.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’ve had some amazing experiences with co-writing!
A few years ago, I was part of a five-author team on a book called The Darcy Brothers. Just imagine, two Mr Darcys in one book!
More recently, I’ve been co-writing time-travel romance with my friend, Ada Bright. We have two books out so far, through Canelo Escape, where a time-travelling Jane Austen hops between the present day and the past. We have had so much fun writing these funny and heart-warming stories, which are as much about friendship as they are love.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Living in Switzerland is perfect for border hopping to another country, so we frequently visit Germany and Austria, and every summer we drive down to Lake Como in Italy. Of all the places we’ve seen in the last six years here, the Italian Lakes is where I’d love to set a novel. Think of the wonderful excuses you could make because you ‘need’ to do some research there!
Thank you so much for these lovely questions and the opportunity to be on your blog. I’ve really enjoyed it and its triggered lots of inspiration. Now, where’s that timetable to Como…
Thank you, Cass Grafton and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
An avid bookworm since childhood, Cass Grafton writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.
She leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.
Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine but never in the same glass. She has two grown up children and currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband and imaginary cats, and England, where she lives with her characters.
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