review: Summer at Conwenna Cove (Darcie Boleyn)

about the book

In a gorgeous Cornish village, two brokenhearted people fall head over heels. But can the magic of Conwenna Cove heal the hurts of the past? A feel-good summer romance perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Phillipa Ashley and Jenny Hale.

Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love again?

Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday read about being brave enough to take a chance on love.Goodreads

my opinion

This is the my first book by Darcie Boleyn, but not her first one. She is the author of several other romance novels. “Summer at Conwenna Cove” is set in Cornwall and features not only a handsome man but also dogs (Greyhound dogs) and two cats as well. There is also cake involved. Lemon drizzle cake seems to be really famous it sounds very delicious so that I should bake one too. So, in conclusion: nice man, wonderful setting, animals and cake. Oh, and of course love. You know I have a weakness for those novels.

So, back to the book: Eve needs a break from everything after she suffered a mental breakdown at work and the only place to go is the little Cornish village where her aunt Mary lives. She hasn’t seen her in ages although Eve spent her holidays there when she was a child and she has only good memories.

The last years have been very hard for her because of her miscarriage and her aunt’s home helps her to heal. I can’t really relate to what Eve went through because first I’ve never been married before (therefore not divorced either) and I never experienced a miscarriage. But what I know is how anxiety and loneliness feel. You need people who support you, no matter if you suffer a miscarriage or a mental illness. For Eve, her work as a head teacher is a nice distraction to avoid all her problems, but it’s not good for her health. In consequence, she has a breakdown and has to think about her future. She can’t carry on like this.

In Cornwall she has time to think and to recover. She has the support of her aunt and of Jack, Mary’s tenant. But Jack has a troubled past, too and he doesn’t want to get hurt because Eve might only stay for a few weeks and leave him for her job back in Bristol.

The book is predictable and if I’m honest, most books like this have a similar plot. Nevertheless, somehow I love these books and enjoy them all. So this one was no exception. I loved the setting although I’ve never been to Cornwall before. I only can guess what it’s like there.

“Summer at Conwenna Cove” is perfect for the summer, to snuggle up to the couch or lay in the garden. I didn’t want this book to end but an the other hand, I had to. I was a bit disappointed that the epilogue is set maybe a year later because I hoped that there would be another book. But it’s okay.

For you it must seem strange that I always enjoy the books I get for free to write a review (they are called “arc” – advanced reader copy). But I can’t help: I always chose books that I like. Maybe I have a good sense for those books, at least for books that are good in my opinion. Although I got this book for free via NetGalley, my opinion is not biased. That would be so wrong.