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Review by Suze
Jude can't marry her good friend John, it's one step too far. She likes him, but she doesn't love him enough to get married. She bolts and leaves him at the altar. Her mother is furious with her, but for Jude it was the right thing to do. Finally she can start thinking about herself for a change. She's thirty years old and she's in desperate need of a life that's her own. She has the chance to go to Cornwall and to work and live at Pengarrock, a beautiful Cornish house. There she's supposed to assist Petroc, a brilliant, but disorganized scholar. She has to help him sort his papers, which is a difficult, but interesting task.
Jude soon falls in love with Pengarrock. She loves the house and can't get enough of the stunning views. She enjoys the company of Petroc and his housekeeper Helen, but unfortunately things can't remain peaceful for long. When Jude meets Petroc's son Tristan she doesn't like him at first. He doesn't seem to share her love for his father's house and the beautiful surroundings. Jude tries to convert him, but will she succeed? John wants to get back together and he's not giving up. Then there's also the interesting family history to keep her occupied. Jude never thought she would find so much in Pengarrock, but can she stay and what is happening with her parents?
A Cornish Affair is a story about a woman who leaves her life in America to move to England. Jude has to get away from her parents. Something tragic happened in her family and that still plays a big part in Jude's present. She has to get away from it to find herself. Because she runs away from her own wedding the book has an interesting start and the story managed to fascinate me straight away. The story remains interesting until the end and I couldn't put it away. There are quite a few great twists and turns and I was always curious to find out more. I loved reading about the family history, the complicated relationship between parents and children and about a certain myth that Petroc was looking into.
I loved the descriptions of Pengarrock. Liz Fenwick has created a magical setting for her story. I liked reading about it a lot. A Cornish Affair is such an enjoyable read. It has beautiful and intelligent main characters, a stunning house on a great piece of land, a puzzle that becomes more and more interesting and the story is wonderfully romantic. I think this book is fantastic and it's another story by Liz Fenwick that I highly recommend.
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