2014 Book Reviews

A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick

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‘There’s an old Cornish saying: ‘Save a stranger from the sea, he’ll turn your enemy…’

When her reclusive grandmother becomes too frail to live alone, Gabriella Blythe moves into the remote waterside cabin on Frenchman’s Creek which has been her grandmother’s home for decades. Once a celebrated artist, Jaunty’s days are coming to a close but she is still haunted by events in her past, particularly the sinking of Lancasteria during the war.

Everything is fine until a handsome stranger arrives in a storm, seeking help. Finn has been left a family legacy: a delicate watercolour of a sailing boat which leads him to this beautiful stretch of Cornish water. As Finn begins to pick at the clues of the painting, he is drawn into the lives of Gabe and Jaunty, unraveling a remarkable story of identity and betrayal . . .’

I was sent this book by Liz, thank you so much Liz! I first discovered Liz with her previous book A Cornish Affair, and I just simply adored it. So I couldn’t wait to dive into this gorgeous book.

The start of the book sets the theme for the whole story by starting with Jaunty, an old woman who feels the need to write down the truth as she’s nearing the end of her life. Instantly I couldn’t wait to read on and discover het secret.

Jaunty’s granddaughter Gabe has moved from London to Cornwall in order to look after Jaunty. Years ago she used to perfom as an opera singer but she stopped performing 4 years ago. Jaunty’s health is worsening but she won’t admit to that but is thankful for the help and company of Gabe being around. Jaunty has a secret to tell, and is doing so by writing Gabe letters. Which she will read when Jaunty passes. Gabe is also hiding secrets but despite the emotions the two of them are going through they form a compelling bond with one another. It is Gabe that spots Fin, an unexpected stranger, in the water thrashing around, after his boat, which he has been living on, is holed. Gabe rescues him and Finn finds himself in their lives. But is he as genuine as he makes out to be? And what secrets could both Jaunty and Gabe be hiding?

Liz Fenwick’s writing is beautifuly  descriptive and she captivates you from the first page to the last. Each character is likeable and draws you in making you you really care about them. I really loved Jaunty and Gabe. As for Fin, he is the reason for so many changes in both Jaunty and Gabe and I couldn’t figure him out at all!

Enthralling, beautiful, mysterious, romantic and spellbinding. Liz Fenwick writes stories that are impossible to put down.

You can buy The Cornish Stranger  here

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