What they say: Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined. Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer
The Review: I have to admit Laura Briggs was one of those authors I had in my head to get to and check out. I had heard a lot about her romance and settings put nicely with the everyday and I was thrilled to finally get to one of her books.
This is the story of Maisie, who has given up everything to become a writer. We join her as she is waiting to find out about a program that will give her a big leg up into the land of the traditional published where she aims to be a forerunner. I have to admit I was aghast that she would give up a paid job to become an author but intrigued that she was all about the gothic.
Anyhoo, she has to find her own mentor and I loved that her reply from an author was pretty much ‘sorry but you’re in the US and I’m in the UK’ and she decided ‘right then!’ and went off to follow her dreams!
This book has everything I love, a really likeable lead, a mix up in people deciding she’s somebody else, her living as the help but having to pretend to be otherwise, captivating settings but above all one of the nicest reader letters telling people that this book was written to entertain so we should go enjoy it! And I did. A great book and I look forward to the next and also all that have come before. Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.
About the author
Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, 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, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.
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