Sep 5, 2015

Book Review: The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick

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Review by Suze

Maddie inherits a house in Cornwall from someone she doesn't know at all. The woman who left her the house is family, but Maddie was adopted, so she doesn't have any information about her parents. After a short marriage that ended way too soon Maddie is trying to get back on her feet together with her late husband's teenage daughter Hannah. Hannah doesn't understand Maddie's actions and she's lashing out. They used to get along, but now that they've left London Hannah hates Maddie. They both love the house Maddie's inherited though. Trevenen is a beautiful old home in an amazing part of Cornwall.

Maddie tries to make some new friends and Hannah does the same. Maddie finds a great friend who understands her and who helps her through the difficult times. She also spends a lot of time with Mark, a friendly neighbor who has a troubled past. Hannah makes friends her own age and she spends a lot of time with Old Tom who teaches her about history, restoring antique objects and life in general. Both Maddie and Hannah are discovering more about the past of the house and Maddie's family. Unfortunately things between them aren't going very well. Will there be some happiness in the future or will things remain tense?

Maddie is such a gentle, artistic woman who tries to do her best, but doesn't always know what that means. I loved reading about her and was hoping life would become better for her. Hannah is an angry teenager and I think her words and behavior were very realistic. Sometimes it scared me a little as what she said to Maddie was pretty hurtful. Maddie is quite resilient and she tries to deal with Hannah as well as she can, but she doesn't really talk to her or understand what she feels. I sometimes wanted to intervene, just to make them see things from each other's point of view. 

Trevenen is such an interesting home. It was great to find out more about the history of the house and its inhabitants. Maddie finally finds out more about her parents. Her social life is also improving. She wants to find love again, but it isn't an easy process. I think Liz Fenwick has described that in such a sensitive way. All the different emotions in this book made it such a great story. I couldn't put it down and when I finished it I kept wishing there would be more. I loved this book and can't wait to read more of Liz Fenwick's wonderful stories.


  1. Oooh, I've read this, Suze! I couldn't agree more. Loved it. :) xx

  2. I loved this book, too. Great review.


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