About the book
Can Kerra’s Cornish hometown offer the fresh start she needs?
When Kerra left the quiet Cornish town of Penvennan Cove for the bright lights of London she didn’t look back. But after the death of her mother, she’s decided it’s time to face her past and return to the place she called home. Her father needs her, and perhaps she needs him more than she’s willing to admit?
Tackling town gossip, home renovations and a flame from her past, it’s not quite smooth sailing for Kerra. Ross is the bad boy she was meant to forget, not a man who still sets her heart aflutter. As he helps bring her dream home to life, they begin to break down the barriers that have been holding them back and in the process learn things about themselves they never thought possible.
As friends old and new come together, the future in Penvennan looks bright.
Perfect for fans of Milly Johnson, Phillipa Ashley and Julie Houston.
‘Your mum will be smiling,’ Dad says, his voice breaking up and Tegan and I hug him even tighter. So many memories come flooding back and it’s bittersweet, every smile raising a tear simply because she’s no longer here.
Reluctantly we disentangle ourselves, smiling through the tears.
‘My things arrived, then,’ I say as cheerfully as I can.
‘This is everything that was in the van. Where are the rest of your things?’ Tegan asks, glancing at the pile behind me with a frown on her face.
‘That’s it. A new bed and a couple of other items will be delivered before five this afternoon. I thought I’d paint through first and buy things as I need them. Thanks for getting your team in and cleaning through, Tegan. Everything sparkles.’ It’s tired, this little cottage, but soon the décor will sparkle as brightly as the windows.
Tegan and Dad exchange a worried look but say nothing. The truth is, I haven’t had time to think about home comforts, or exactly how I’m going to bring this place up to date. As long as I have somewhere to sleep and the internet, I’ll be fine for the time being.
‘Dad, has the engineer been in to install the Wi-Fi?’ My heart misses a beat or two, until he nods his head. Starting over is a shopping nightmare and I suspect I’ll be doing quite a bit of it online. I also have this little software programme where I can replicate the room sizes and move items of furniture around. I’m looking forward to having a play with it.
‘Yep. It’s in the front bedroom as you requested. Logan, the Williams’ boy, is our local engineer. He said if you have any problems at all just give him a call. Day or night. I told him you’re working from home and it’s IT work.’ Dad’s tone automatically lowers as he utters those last two words. Goodness knows what he’s telling everyone.
‘Logan Williams, my—he must be what, almost thirty now?’
‘Thirty-one. He’s a couple of years older than us,’ Tegan replies. ‘Wife and two kids and two very energetic dogs in tow.’
Dad laughs. ‘I can vouch for that.’
An unknown voice calls out from the hallway and I shout out a good-natured, ‘Come on through.’
The man who appears is tall, has short, dark brown, curly hair and isn’t dressed like a delivery man. He’s wearing some paint-splattered jeans and a somewhat grubby T-shirt emblazoned with the words Don’t ask. Which immediately makes me want to ask the question, ‘Why?’ as he produces a bunch of something green from behind his back.
‘Some herbs from the garden. I’m Drew, Drew Matthews. I live next door.’
Rather surprised at his offering, I take it and return his smile.
‘Kerra Shaw,’ I reply. ‘Thank you, Drew. These will come in handy, I’m sure.’
About the author
From interior designer to author, when Linn B. Halton’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.
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