What they say: When Maisie accepts a celebrated author’s invitation to mentor her, she finds herself leaving Cornwall behind on train tracks bound for the glitter city of Paris. Instead of making beds and serving coffee at the Penmarrow hotel in Cornwall, she’s making notes on her manuscript while sitting in a French cafe, meeting famous writers at private dinner parties, and trying to ferret the secrets behind the author’s unfinished future novel. It’s glamorous, it’s breathtaking … but it’s also an ocean channel away from the place that she loves, and, more importantly, the person to whom she just recently confessed her deepest feelings. Separated from Sidney by distance and circumstances, Maisie fears that their connection will be lost despite her words to him – and maybe because of those words, and the ones she didn’t allow him to say in return.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in her new life trying to distract her – the professional editor hired to critique her novel, the eager young literary agent who sees pie-in-the-sky potential for Maisie’s talent, but Maisie finds solace in the eclectic group of amateur writers into whose midst she finds herself by accident. Their critique and advice is fast becoming as important as the editors – maybe even more important than the published author Maisie believed held the keys to refining her skill.
But it’s missing Sidney that fills Maisie’s thoughts the most, along with her life back in Port Hewer, and she can’t stop wondering whether his feelings are the same as her own. His unspoken answer has become one of the most important pieces of her life, even as she struggles to match the pace of her new life and keep her dreams in sight. And when she unwittingly becomes privy to a seeming literary conspiracy, she must decide what to do in light of its truth – and decide what’s most important in her quest to become a professional writer.
Join Maisie in a whirlwind tour across two of the world’s greatest cities, filled with questions, dreams, and a chance for fame that she believed far beyond her grasp, as she discovers herself as a writer, and how to embrace an unexpected future on her own terms.
The review: You’ll all know by now how this series has absolutely taken me and reeled me in, to the point where I jump for every one of her books as they appear for tour and also buy the book to support the author too, because this is possibly one of the only authors that could have gotten me to devour anything in the way I did, in these times where I am reading nothing. But I’ll stop now;)
We start this book, as always, reading a note from the author telling us what’s been going on and also giving us a warning that this was not the book people who have read all the instalments have been expecting or waiting for and I have to admit to being slightly gutted but then thrilled as it meant more books (wohoo!!)!! Actually this was my only real disappointment with the book, that I wanted so badly to be back in the hotel with all the gang, and for a while it made the book slow down, just a little. Saying that I soon came around as I travelled with Maisie and experienced a whirlwind world of travel, decadence and wealth that had no boundaries teemed with amazing writerly information and new characters galore.
I was agog as drama and secrets unfolded, including a belter that I could never have imagined!! As always, spell binding settings, awe inspiring detail, fantastic, fantastic characters, flawless drama and storylines in a book I was glued to! A must read and as always, get thee back to book 1 and you’re welcome for a ride you’ll be recommending to the world!! Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for letting me be part of this publication day push. Oh and the book is only 99p at the mo so go. Go now!!
About the author
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones withpolka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeingthe occasional movie or play.
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